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Scott plays starring role in Dana Hills comeback
ALISO VIEJO - In two games this season, Dana Hills sophomore halfback Brian Scott had all of four carries for 9 yards. That's roughly 2 yards a pop, in case you were wondering.
Then, Friday night happened.
Scott, who came on late in the second quarter in place of injured feature back Marcus Hughes, piled up 216 yards on 22 carries and led the Dolphins (2-5, 1-0) to a 20-18 come-from-behind victory over Sea View League foe Aliso Niguel at Aliso Niguel High.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound back opened the second half with a 77-yard burst and carried the load throughout the final two quarters, as previously 0-5 Dana Hills erased a 12-point halftime deficit.
After Scott's long touchdown run cut that deficit in half, Dolphins quarterback Mac Vail capped a six-play drive with a 7-yard TD pass to Elliot Sutherland-Dunning to give the visitors their first lead of the evening at 13-12.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Dana Hills added to its lead on Scott's second touchdown run of the half – this time from 5 yards out.
Aliso Niguel (5-2, 0-1) needed just three plays to pull to two points, on a 51-yard TD grab by Turner Westlake; however, the 2-point conversion run by quarterback Nathan Cole was stuffed at the goal line.
Taking over at their 44-yard line after recovering an onside kick attempt, the Dolphins bled the clock down to 1:31 before they were forced to punt.
Cole then manufactured a 14-play drive to get the hosts in field goal range but the potential game-winning, 33-yard attempt missed left.
Cole finished with 298 yards through the air and two touchdown passes; wideout Alijah Arnold hauled in nine balls for 118 yards.
After recovering a Dana Hills fumble early in the first quarter, Aliso Niguel sustained a 13-play drive that featured six Cole completions and a 2-yard TD run by Ryan Walker to give the hosts the early lead.
The Dolphins failed to capitalize on consecutive trips to the red zone – the first resulting in a blocked field goal, the second in an end-zone interception.
The Wolverines followed their first takeaway of the game with an eight-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in a 40-yard catch-and-run touchdown by wideout Jordyn Williams.