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3A football MVP: Hurricane's Brian Scott took the direct route to victory

Published December 5, 2011 3:52 pm
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Brian Scott is a practical guy. He doesn't mince words or waste time.

That's why he never had anything but a straightforward approach when it came to running the football. Forget dancing around, juking left and right — the shortest path through an obstacle, in Scott's mind, is through it.

"I just read the hole and took it," Scott says. "If there wasn't a hole, I'd make a hole."

If it doesn't sound like a top-secret gameplan, that's because it wasn't. When the 6-foot-2, 220-pound fullback lined up, his opponents knew he was coming. Hard. And there wasn't much anyone could do about it.

On the ground, Scott was a tank for Hurricane as it plowed its way to a 13-0 season and its first football championship (with an 11-man team). He wasn't the only contributor, but his 1,638 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns helped a whole lot.

Scott had watched or played in each of the three championships when the Tigers lost the 3A title game in the final seconds. He admits he even bought into the idea that his team was snakebitten for a while, but he didn't let it drag him down.

Instead, he and his fellow seniors called extra practices and scrimmages over summer. They thought they could have another chance.

That hunch turned out to be right, as Hurricane crashed through most of its opponents. Most of the time, the Tigers didn't even need Scott to play the whole game. But when they did, it was almost always in a tight situation.

Against Spanish Fork, Hurricane came out flat and fell behind. Scott's running helped pull them back in the game as he finished with more than 200 yards.

Then when snow started falling in the 3A championship against Desert Hills, he knew he would be called upon. He had a contusion in his calf that made his typical pinball running style painful. But he bit his lip and hunkered down, scoring each of Hurricane's touchdowns in a 21-0 win.

"I couldn't wait until that clock reached zero," Scott says. "It was sweet. Finally." All-State softball MVPs and teams (pdf) ยป http://bit.ly/sOIinM






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