Scotus Preparing For Rematch With Wahoo
COLUMBUS - The Columbus Scotus Shamrocks are one of eight teams remaining in the Class C1 State Football Tournament, and they're preparing for a rematch with a district rival this Friday.
Scotus is coming off a victory in the first round over another district rival in the Bishop Neumann Cavaliers. While it was a one-point affair between the two teams in the regular season, the Shamrocks were able to take care of business with a 48-28 victory in Columbus last Friday night.
Now Scotus is moving on to face the unbeaten Wahoo Warriors, who advanced to the quarterfinal round with a 56-0 domination of the Boys Town Cowboys. Wahoo defeated Scotus 49-0 in the regular season finale in a game that Shamrock Head Coach Tyler Linder says his team was prepared for despite the final score.
"We didn't take them lightly, it wasn't like they caught us off guard, they're just that good," Coach Linder said. "The first half was a testament to that, it was a scoreless first quarter so our defense was huge for us early, but it's hard to wrangle a team like that for four quarters, and they really busted it wide open in that third quarter."
The Warriors had a 14-0 halftime lead over the Shamrocks, and scored 28 points in the third quarter to put the game away. Despite the way his team lost, Coach Linder says it was a game the Shamrocks can learn from, especially with the rematch on the horizon.
"We have to execute better, and we can't have any mistakes if we have a chance to win a game like that, so it was good to get that humbling experience," Coach Linder said.
The Shamrocks and Warriors have played one prior time in the postseason, with Wahoo earning a 13-7 victory in the first round of the 1995 State Tournament. The Warriors are looking to advance to the semifinal round for the third straight season, while the Shamrocks are looking for their first trip since 2015.
Kickoff between Scotus and Wahoo is set for 7:00 PM this Friday night at Wahoo High School.