MADISON -- After last week's narrow loss at Herbert Hoover, most Scott fans were wondering one thing -- Which team would show up this Friday night, the Skyhawks from the first half last Friday that built a 16-point lead at halftime, or the one that squandered that lead in falling 40-35 in Falling Rock.
The answer ended up a little bit of both early but more than enough of the "good" Scott to register a 46-21 win over Lincoln County in the Skyhawks' home opener.
Scott was led by senior running back Cameron Loftus, who scored five touchdowns and rushed for 172 yards on 13 carries. Loftus sure kicked the party off with a bang, racing 60 yards to the end zone on the first play from scrimmage.
It was apparent early that Scott's leading ball carrier could be in for a big day.
"He's a senior, he's worked his hind end off for four years, he was special honorable mention all-state last year and there's a lot of expectations on him," Scott coach Shane Griffith said. "He's just a downhill runner."
In addition to his early score, he helped give the Skyhawks some breathing room at the end of the first half by recording touchdown runs of 9 and 14 yards in the final three minutes.
Both were important at the time, as in between those three Loftus scores, Lincoln County's Chaz Wiley found paydirt on back-to-back rushes, scoring from 70 and 75 yards out to first tie the game at 7 and then to put the Panthers up briefly 14-13 in the second quarter.
But by the time the Skyhawks held the Panthers to a 3-and-out and Loftus went off for his fifth touchdown on a 65-yard run on Scott's first play from scrimmage in the second half, it was clear there would be no second-half fold this week.
"Their physical strength," Lincoln County coach Derek Christian said when asked what the overall difference in the game was. "We're not there in the weight room yet. We've been in the weight room for seven or eight months and they've got a lot of three- and four-year players. We're just a little bit weaker right now, but we're going to work on that."
It doesn't take long to realize that this isn't your older brother's Scott team, especially on offense.
Traditionally under Griffith, the Skyhawks have been a grinding, methodical offense focused almost exclusively on running the football.