By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Victor Scott is a slasher, Naaman Young is a dasher and William Mathews is a smasher; the Roos' three running backs were just a part of the monster that slayed the Del Valle Cardinals on Thursday at Leo Buckley Stadium.
Scott ran for a team-best 119 yards, Mathews ran for 100 and Young ran for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to appease the out-of-the-gate start Killeen coach Sam Jones wanted and the Roos literally ran over the Cardinals 58-12 in their nondistrict finale.
"All the running backs, they're all great, that's why they all get in," said Killeen senior center Jack Patton. "They play great behind us. We just love blocking for them. They love to hit the holes, they love to run hard and it's just good mesh that we have together as an O-line and running back squad."
Behind their experienced offensive line, the Roos (4-1) ran for 447 yards and Garrett Gaskamp threw for 176 in a show of offensive might going into their idle week before opening their District 8-4A season in two weeks at Waco University.
"My offensive line, they're great," Scott said. "They've got it together. They've got a tight bond and they work together."
Since a bad start doomed Killeen in its only loss this season - the Roos were outscored 31-0 in the first half by Harker Heights two weeks ago - Jones wanted a solid 48 minutes from his team, specifically the offense. Well, the Roos head coach got only about three quarters from his starters after they had built an impressive 44-6 lead against the Cardinals (0-5).
"We've been talking about no excuses and resolve," Jones said. "There's a bunch of little battles out there and as long as we win the war, we knew we could win it all."
Young, who started in place of Scott for the first time this season, had touchdown runs of 3 and 2 yards on Killeen's opening two drives and Scott ran with a vengeance coming in in relief in the first half.
Scott, who fumbled twice last week, had 113 yards and a 36-yard touchdown catch in the first half, helping the Roos to their 37-6 lead at halftime.
"Coach was telling me keep holding onto the ball and just keep on doing what I know how to do, so that's what I did," Scott said.
Devarri McCray ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns and Devyn Williams and Gaskamp each added rushing scores as well.
Gaskamp's 71-yard completion to Myles Hill set up Young's 3-yard touchdown run with 10:15 left in the first quarter and Scott's 31-yard carry set up Young's, a 2-yarder with just 3:39 gone in the first quarter, giving the Roos a 14-0 lead.
McCray capped a nine-play drive with a 10-yard scoring run on the second play of the second quarter, giving Killeen a 21-0 lead.
The Roos defense added a safety to the scoreboard when Del Valle quarterback Jaylen Alfaro was flagged with intentional grounding in the end zone, but a wind-aided special teams miscue by the Roos set up the Cardinals' only first-half score.
Anthony Smith recovered the misfielded free kick and Kelly McBride's 15-yard touchdown run four plays later broke Killeen's shutout bid.
Gaskamp then capped the Roos' 14-play drive with a 10-yard keeper that stretched Killeen's lead to 30-6 with just 2:04 to go before halftime.
After the Cardinals' fourth three-and-out of the first half, Scott hauled in his 36-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds left in the first half, giving Killeen its 31-point lead at the break.
Gaskamp completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Young in the third quarter and Williams and McCray added fourth-quarter scores to close out the Roos' preseason.
"We talk about the preseason. We talk about the city games and then we talk about what can get us to the playoffs," Jones said. "Now, we're through with Phase 1, now we're getting ready to go to Phase 2. Phase 2 will get us to Phase 3 and that's where we want to be in the playoffs come November."
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