The Wildcats (2-4) piled up 487 total yards of their own. Brayden Underwood rushed for 175 yards on 30 carries, Ethan Clark caught six passes for 147 yards and Nick Humphrey caught four passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. On Nitro's first play of scrimmage, Humphrey caught a bomb from Chris Moody for 74 yards to the SC 1.
Moody scored on the next play. The senior suffered from some second-half wildness, but still went 12 of 31 for 279 yards and a 39-yard scoring toss to Humphrey.
Humphrey's reception tied the game at 14 with 5:54 still remaining in marathon first quarter, but SC's athletic ability was bound to break the game open. On the Eagles' next scrimmage play, Grier ran 51 yards on a designed run; two plays into the next possession, Ken Haynes romped 56 yards to make it 28-14.
From there, the Eagles ran like horses, with Grier and Forrest leading the scoring. Marquel Hampton and Qua Davis also had a touchdown apiece, with Davis scoring SC's 10th touchdown on an 80-yard run.
"It's a weird game tonight, because I thought we played some of our best football of the year," Midkiff said. "I'll say that; we played our best football of the year tonight. We just got out-athleted; the thing about it is we didn't back down. We could have sat back and played prevent defense and let them pick you apart, but we got up and our guys wanted to challenge them.
"They got out there and challenged them and competed, and I'm proud of them for it."
Messinger said, "Derek's a smart kid. He had a great mentor [Scott Tinsley], didn't he? He's got a few trick plays up his sleeve. Give Derek time and next thing you know, they'll be winning games.
"I'm just glad it didn't start with us tonight."
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