Two other teams that figured to be in the running - AA Poca and single-A Buffalo - struggled to keep pace.
The Dots, who have finished as team runner-up each of the last three years by margins of three, three and five strokes - soared to a 261 Tuesday, 33 shots behind Roane, putting them in sixth place. Scott (253) is tied with Westside for third.
Poca's Travis Covert, who placed third last year, just two shots behind eventual champ Alston Spears of Roane, managed only a 90 on Tuesday, putting him 18 behind Spears, who had the day's best round in any class, an even-par 72.
The Dots' best score of 83 was turned in by Alex Hamrick. Scott's Evan Butcher is tied for fifth at 80.
In Class A, defending medalist Cory Hoshor of Buffalo was tied for 13th with an 87, the same score shot by teammate Bradley Harris. The Bison, which finished one shot out of second place last year and was considered a contender this year, stands fourth, 31 strokes behind Catholic.
Spears' scintillating round was four shots better than the low men in Class AAA, as Parkersburg South's Alex Schreckengost and Wheeling Park's Cole Hand had 76s.
"They're playing it at 6,700 yards,'' Gillispie said of the Jones course, "and they told us they double-cut the greens and rolled them. They're an 11.5 on Stimpmeter. That's the fastest we've ever seen. You can tell by the triple-A scores. There's a lot of high scores.''
The forecast for today is much like Tuesday's weather - a high near 70 degrees under sunny skies with light winds.
"It's probably the best weather we've had here in five, six years,'' Gillispie said.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.