Scrap gets at ’em as Bearcats splat Dragons

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By John Herndon

CRESTWOOD – Scrap showed up for a fight Friday night but this time it was the Dragons that had to be saying “Rut roh!”

“He loved watching Scooby Doo when he was little, and we started calling him Scrap,” Sue Harvey said of her son, Kendrick, now a senior running back for Anderson County.

Scrap, as in Scrappy Doo, Scooby’s smallish, but fearless nephew?

Not that Harvey or his Bearcat teammates had a lot to fear Friday night at South Oldham. The Bearcats were heavily favored going in but Harvey, one of the team’s smaller players, might have been saying, “Let me at ‘em, I’ll splat ‘em” as he led Anderson in a 59-13 romp.

Harvey took the opening kickoff, then waited for his wall to open – a bit like Scrappy Doo – then charged 97 yards for Anderson’s first kickoff return for a touchdown this year.

All of 13 seconds had ticked off the clock and the Bearcats were already up 7-0.

Rut roh indeed!

And it was only the beginning as Anderson rebounded from its first loss to go 5-1, 3-0 in Class 5A, District 4 play. Still looking for its first win, South Oldham fell to 0-7, 0-4.

Harvey charged 52 yards for another score in the third quarter and amassed 220 yards on just 13 carries. Throw in a 5-yard catch and Harvey wound up with 322 all-purpose yards.

Not even Scrappy Doo could have whipped Dragons like Harvey did on South Oldham’s Homecoming night.

“This was the best game I have had since my sophomore year,” said Harvey, a speed-burner who briefly led the state in rushing early in the 2006 season.

Harvey led an Anderson attack that accumulated nearly 500 yards in offense and another 200 return yards against South Oldham.

“He loves this turf,” Anderson head coach Mark Peach said of South Oldham’s springy artificial surface. “But our line also did a great job of opening things up.”

Harvey agreed. “There were times the holes were so big that a freight train could go through. On the touchdown (run), Justin Gregory had a big block and I just followed him.”

“When you run the ball as well as we did tonight and hold the other team down, it shows you are dominating the line of scrimmage,” Peach said, as he pointed to the line on the stat sheet showing Anderson with 393 yards on the ground to South Oldham’s 45.

Harvey could have had an even bigger night. A 71-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter was called back by an illegal block.

Almost overshadowed by Harvey’s performance was his classmate B.J. Robinson, who garnered 149 yards on just five carries – that’s a 29.8-yard average. Robinson ran 80 yards for the touchdown that put Anderson up 38-13.

While quarterback Jacob Russell, who had been hitting on nearly 70 percent of his passes going in, struggled a bit with a 5-for-14 night, the Anderson attack was so explosive that the Bearcats scored about every 90 seconds they had the ball.

And while Russell did not have his usual pinpoint accuracy, he hit Cody Dixon and Grant Cox for scoring passes of 23 and 48 yards in the first quarter as the Cats built a 21-0 lead.

Robinson scored from 23 yards out and Sam Williams booted a career best 42-yard field goal as the Bearcats built a 31-13 halftime lead.

But South Oldham had stayed within striking distance behind the play of quarterback Brandon Kollenberg, who had just moved under center a week before. Kollenberg riddled the Bearcats for 192 yards through the air in the first half and would finish with 318. He had two scoring passes, but most telling was the fact that South Oldham converted five of nine third downs in the first 24 minutes.

“I don’t know what happened,” Peach said of his porous pass defense. “We have to translate what we do in practice to the games.”

South, which had thrown a major scare into a good North Oldham team the week before, was also effective with a variety of screen passes early, but Dixon smelled one out in the fourth quarter, racing 66 yards for the score.

Dixon said the Bearcats’ vengeance could be traced back a week to their loss to Bullitt Central. “That hurt big-time,” he said. “To come back and win like this was good. We knew we had to step up for this game.”

The Anderson defense forced six turnovers, including four interceptions, and held South’s offense scoreless in the second half.

And it didn’t hurt to have a Scrap in a white jersey. With only 226 yards rushing in the season’s first five games, Harvey had almost become a forgotten man in the backfield. And his big night was not really the result of begging Peach to “Let me at ‘em.”

It really was sort of a “rut roh” moment.

“It just kind of happened,” Harvey smiled.

E-mail John Herndon at jpherndon@theandersonnews.com.