Scotus Central Catholic took advantage of poor Logan View/Scribner Snyder special teams, grew a 14-0 halftime lead to 21 third-quarter points and evened its record up to 4-4 with a 42-6 win over the Raiders on Friday night at Pawnee Park Memorial Stadium.
The Shamrocks dropped to 3-4 the week before with a loss to city rival Lakeview in which Scotus turned the ball over twice on two interceptions that led to Viking touchdowns. But on Friday night, it was the Shamrocks taking advantage of opponents mistakes.
A short punt by LVSS on its first possession of the third quarter gave the ball over to SCC at the Raiders' 22-yard line. Tyler Palmer capitalized on a 2-yard run moments later.
Another punt that only went as far as midfield turned into a nine-play drive for the Shamrocks and a 2-yard plunge from Evan Sliva to make it 28-0.
Scotus went 65 yards on its next drive and found the end zone again for Palmer's third touchdown.
Logan View/Scribner Snyder managed to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter once Scotus took out its starters. The Raiders missed the extra point to make it 35-6.
The Shamrock backups finished the scoring on a 5-yard run from Tyler Wurtz, providing the final margin.
It was 14-0 at the half thanks to Palmer's first score on a 2-yard run at the end of the first quarter. Dalton Borchers set up the drive on an interception returned to the LVSS 21.
A shanked punt had Scotus near midfield to start its next drive. The Shamrocks covered 51 yards on seven plays and took a two-score lead on a 2-yard run from Braden Labenz. A Wahoo pass interference and a 13-yard run from Labenz set up his touchdown.
In addition to his three scores, Palmer also picked off two passes.
Scotus is now 4-4 on the season and 2-1 in Class C-1 District 4. The win sets up a monster matchup with No. 3 Wahoo next week at home.
The Warriors at 7-1 lead the standings with a 3-0 record, but would lose control of the district championship with a loss to the Shamrocks.
Lakeview's loss to Wahoo on Friday night dropped the Vikings to 2-2 in the standings and out of contention for the title. Wahoo Neumann came into the week 1-2 in the district and also out of contention.
Raymond Central had yet to win in district play.
Scotus was 17th in the latest C-1 Power Points rankings after the loss to Lakeview.
The six district winners plus the next 10 highest teams in the rankings make the playoffs. The Shamrocks missed the playoffs last season after three straight trips to the postseason.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org