The Cowboys, who opened the season as the No. 3 ranked team in Class 4A, are still waiting for the season to begin. Abilene saw the Beavers, Class 3A’s No. 2 ranked team, rack up 51 points while only managing 20 of their own as they lost the season-opening contest 51-20 to Scott City at Abilene’s Paul Dennis Field.
The Beavers wracked up 453 yards of total offense, 369 yards on the ground via 44 carries and the other 84 through the air on 8 of 13 passing.
Scott City, which was led offensively by Dalton Buehler who had 168 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 11 carries, had possession of the ball 12 times in the game and scored on eight of those possessions, seven toughdowns and one 27-yard field goal by Brett O’Neil. The Beavers only punted the ball once and turned the ball over downs one other time and they had just one turnover, which was a fumble on an Abilene punt.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, managed just three touchdowns and had one lost fumble and two pass interceptions against them.
"They are very fundamentally sound, they are very aggressive and they make few mistakes," Abilene coach Jeff Geist said of Scott City. "And I don’t think our kids believed that. I tried to tell them that for three weeks … but they are just sensational and we made a lot of mistakes."
Scott City, which has gone 43-5 on the field over the last three years, with numerous returnees in 2012, struck early and often in the contest as the Beavers outscored Abilene in the first three quarters of play, building a 39-6 lead heading into the final quarter before the Cowboys outscored Scott City 14-6 in the final 12 minutes for the final 31-point victory by the Beavers.
"We could make a whole list of things that went wrong," Geist said. "But it didn’t kill us so maybe we will get better and improve and learn from it and get better by week 9."
O’Neil was simply thrilled to get the season opener out of the way and chalk up his team’s first notch in the wins column.
"I’m not going to say easy, it was a tough game as far as the hitting," O’Neil said. "Abilene never quit. I expected our kids if they got into open space to make some place just because of their athletic ability. By no means at all did I expect the game to wind up like it did, score wise."