For all of the hype leading up to Friday night's Class AA showdown between No. 1 Scott and No. 2 Sissonville, one of the biggest differences in the outcome was something no one mentioned.
It wasn't so much about how the Indians and Skyhawks got to the end zone, it was what they did afterward.
By the time Scott's Dezmond Cordero Lopez drilled his third extra-point attempt in three tries with under four minutes to play, he'd extended the Skyhawks' lead to an all-important nine points.
Sissonville missed an extra point kick, run and pass and that one little extra tally at the end made all the difference in the world for Scott. In the end, the Skyhawks used their vaunted rushing attack in overcoming a halftime deficit to earn a 27-18 win at Sissonville.
Skyhawks coach Shane Griffith, who had seen his team fall several times due to a shaky kicking game in past years, was beaming after Friday night's affair.
"I've not had that in 13 years, that's huge," Griffith said of the kicking game.
To say it all came down to extra points would be an injustice to a game that lived up to every bit of its billing.
The Indians, playing before a capacity homecoming crowd, had their moments and were just a couple of missed opportunities away from flipping the script.
Thanks to a 65-yard touchdown pass from Austin Crawford to Nathan Miller and a 16-yard scoring run by Crawford, Sissonville had a 12-7 lead, momentum and the ball just before the halftime break.
Facing a fourth down on Scott's 43-yard line, Indians coach Eddie Smolder trusted the Crawford-Miller connection again. It played out perfectly as Miller streaked behind the Skyhawks defense and Crawford delivered a spiraling touch pass, but Miller dropped it and it seemed like some of the air came out of the stadium.
Scott didn't take advantage before halftime, but an adjustment at the break led to a steady dose of debilitating ground-and-pound that allowed Scott to control clock, eat up yardage and most importantly score the points it needed to win the game.
"We knew we were coming in against a team that's excited - and they should be excited," Griffith said. "Coach Smolder has done a great job getting this program in place. But we told our guys, 'At some point in time, the maturity, the experience and the execution should start to take over.' In the first half, we tried a few things, second half we came out and did what we do and ran the clock."
The numbers were there to back up Griffith's statement. The Skyhawks ran 31 offensive plays in the second half compared to 17 for Sissonville, including an 18-6 advantage in the third quarter.