Veritas Christian School’s unprecedented football season continues.
The Eagles (9-0) needed only the first half to invoke the mercy rule and put away Flint Hills Christian, 52-6, on Tuesday night at the Eagles’ Nest.
Senior running back Ethan Scott carried eight times for 173 yards and two touchdowns and caught two more, and junior quarterback Nick Bennett was 5-for-6 for 74 yards and two TDs, with 61 rushing yards with another TD, to lead the offense.
There’s no time to celebrate, though.
The Eagles have their focus firmly on Saturday’s championship game against St. Mary’s Academy — a team they defeated, 70-36, two weeks ago — when they aim for a perfect 10-0 season and the program’s first-ever state title.
“Veritas has never made it past the semifinal game,” coach Doug Bennett said. “Our guys are all proud to represent the school. Our goal wasn’t to get to the championship game, it’s to win the championship.”
Veritas got started quickly on offense and never relented.
On the opening drive, Nick Bennett kept the ball on a draw and took it 25 yards for the score.
After the kickoff, Veritas sophomore linebacker Bryce Boland smacked the ball-carrier on Flint Hills’ first play, forcing a fumble and recovering the ball. Senior Nate Scott — who finished with 38 yards on four carries — punched it in from the nine-yard line two plays later.
Bennett, also a standout on defense, sacked Flint Hills QB Jordan Jackson, who fumbled, and Bennett emerged from the pile with the ball.
Five plays later, Ethan Scott carried it in from 14 yards out for a touchdown.
And after the Veritas defense quickly forced a three-and-out, it was Scott’s turn again.
Scott took a short pass from Bennett 47 yards, making a good cut back inside, for the touchdown.
Flint Hills scored on a TD pass from Jackson, but Ethan Scott wasn’t done.
Bennett hit him with another swing pass, only this time, Flint Hills appeared to have Scott bottled up for a short gain.
With a shifty move, though, Scott stopped in his tracks and cut back across the entire field, where he scrambled 60 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.
On the next possession, Scott ran for another 60-yard touchdown, and on the following Eagles drive, Bennett hit Nate Scott for a 12-yard touchdown to exceed the 45-point mercy-rule limit.
“That one was more fun, I guess,” Ethan Scott said of his third lengthy score. “You don’t do that very often.”
With an extra half of a night off, the Eagles have a bit more time to rest up for Saturday, but there’s no extra motivation needed.
“We’re ready,” Scott added. “We’re going to do it.”
The title game will kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Nest.