Holy Cross clinches 1st for fourth-straight year
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The results are in from the anticipated battle between two of the best running backs in TAPPS District 3-II and Holy Cross senior Greg Scott won in a landslide.
Scott ran for 385 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 38 carries. He scored 42 points in the Knights’ surprising 47-17 win at Austin Regents, which broke a first-place tie in the district.
“That was one of the best games I’ve ever seen a running back have,” Holy Cross coach Mike Harrison said.
Scott’s performance overshadowed Regents back Will Zudock, who scored the game’s first touchdown with a 46-yard run. Zudock finished with 140 rushing yards on 17 attempts.
“The offensive line played unbelievably well and Greg was explosive,” Harrison said. “He followed his blocks and, when he got into the second and third level, he did some things I hadn’t seen before. Zudock is for real, but Greg had a great evening.”
The win clinched at least a share of first place for Holy Cross (7-1, 5-0) for the fourth-consecutive season. The Knights will play Austin Hyde Park Baptist (5-3, 4-1) 7 p.m. at Harlandale Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 8 in their final district game.
“They’re a very physical football team,” Harrison said. “Offensively, they’ll lineup and come right at you. They have a good running attack. They probably have the best defense we’ve seen since Antonian. Every year, they’re one of the better defenses in our district.”
After Zudock’s touchdown, Austin Regents (7-2, 4-1) didn’t score until the third quarter. Quarterback Jace Franklin found the end zone on a four-yard run to give the Regents Knights a 14-12 lead. Tyler Roberts kicked a 30-yard field goal with 7:12 left in the quarter for a five-point advantage.
Scott, who scored on three- and four-yard runs in the first half, began breaking away for his scores.
He ran 66 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, shortly after the ensuing kickoff. Quarterback Nazario Coleman passed to Jay Nava for the two-point conversion and the Knights led 20-17.
Coleman and Steven Gutierrez have divided quarterback duties since senior Cisco Flores suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury in the first quarter against Antonian.
“They’ve both played very well,” Harrison said. “When they come off the field, Cisco is right there to talk to them. It’s really been gratifying to see Cisco grow as an individual.”
Holy Cross outscored Regents 27-0 in the fourth quarter. Scott scored from 23, 49, 24 and 19 yards out.
“We didn’t play exceptionally well defensively,” Harrison said. “Our offense played really well in the second half. I don’t know if we’ve been that dominant in the fourth quarter all year.
“We haven’t had to play a four-quarter, all-out football game for a long time – since Hondo (Sept. 19). The kids really responded well. I’m proud of them.”