Scott High traveled to Alcoa on Friday, September 16 and found themselves in the middle of a storm that they couldn't escape.
The Highlanders gave up 21 points in just over two minutes and were not able to recover as they fell 42-7 to the Tornadoes.
"We didn't play well and I didn't coach well," Scott High coach Keith Shannon said. "Defensively it's one of the worst games we have played in 10 or 11 years."
Scott High turned the ball over three times in its first six possessions and the Tornadoes took advantage. Alcoa led 35-0 at the half.
Hayden Byrge rushed for 69 yards on only three carries to lead the Highlanders. Byrge scored the only Scott High touchdown late in the game.
Scott High rushed the ball 21 times for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Alcoa rushed the ball 25 times for 237 yards and four touchdowns.
Billy Hall returned at quarterback for Scott High and saw limited action. Trey Sellers completed eight of nine passes for 73 yards, while Hall completed three of seven for 45 yards. Both players threw and interception.
The Highlanders suffered a tough loss, but the worst part was losing senior wide receiver, JoBen Terry to a hand injury. Terry has already broke several school records and was on his way to break even more.
"We will just have to wait and see," Shannon said. "We will say a prayer for JoBen and for his hand to heal quickly and maybe not be as severe as we fear."
Shannon was upset with the outcome of the game, but also understands that Alcoa is a quality opponent.
"They are a top flight program," he said. "The one thing we can't do is help a top flight program. There were times tonight that it didn't look like we competed at all."
The Highlanders plan on getting back to work and keeping their focus on the rest of the season.
"There's a lot of great opportunities left for this team," Shannon said. "Nobody said it's going to be easy and it's not. We have to watch film, see our mistakes, fix the mistakes and not repeat them."