GEORGETOWN, Ky (WKYT) - This Friday night is the final football friday night of the 2013 season. In Bowling Green, the Scott County Cardinals go in search of their first football state championship since 1975 and this time they will be the favorite. For the second time in three seasons, Scott County is staring history right in the face. The Cardinals lost in the finals to St. X in 2004, to Trinity in 2011 and then the Shamrocks rallied with 21 in the final eight minutes to beat Jim McKee's squad in the 2012 state semifinals. This time around however, the Cardinals are facing a different shade of green, the Meade County Green Wave. "We've been saying since the summer time this is our goal," says senior Scott Daniel. "We didn't want to stopped again by no matter who it was, Trinity or whoever. We're getting after it every day and we have to keep getting after it until Friday night."
The first 12 weeks of the football season Scott County cruised through the schedule (winning by an average of 38 points a game) but then came the Henry Clay regional championship. Scott County escaped 37-34 then beating Male 24-10 and those two games have prepared the Cardinals for this moment Friday night. "I feel like if it weren't for Henry Clay, last week (against Male) might have been different. Henry Clay was probably the best thing that could have happened to us. Going into the state championship it could be a 4th quarter battle and we are well prepared for that now." Jim McKee agrees, ""Meade County is good. They are similar to us and they are absolutely good enough to beat us and we're absolutely good enough to beat them. It's not like we're staring across the sideline at number one team in the nation which we were in 2011 (trinity)."
The Scott County quarterback is Clay McKee. A season ago, the younger McKee was not called upon to be a leader but that has changed. "We know we can out there and execute and win a state championship and finish 15-0. Now, it's just all about executing the rest of the week in practice and then going into the game and executing and doing what we do."
And what they have done all season is win...