Riverside-Brookfield senior quarterback Keenan Scott might want to consider studying film in college. He certainly has put the work in at the high school level closely watching all-state quarterback Ryan Swift, who graduated from RBHS last year.
“I tried to learn from Ryan, just by watching the way he carried himself on and off the field,” Scott said. “I’d watch him and the way he played, and I studied a lot of film so I’d be ready when my time came.”
With Swift now playing football at Illinois Wesleyan, Scott earned rave reviews in his debut as the RBHS varsity starting quarterback by leading the Bulldogs to a 34-12 win against visiting Morton on Friday.
Scott completed 13 of 16 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
“I felt great,” Scott said. “I feel like I prepared well and I felt confident in myself with the amount of time I spent preparing with my receivers.
“Our O-line did a great job and executed really well. I thought our receivers ran their routes well. I was lucky enough to make my throws.”
Ja’Mari Wise, a standout two-way player for RBHS, was impressed with Scott’s game.
“Keenan had a great game. We’re glad to have him back,” Wise said. “He’s been working really hard. The offense and defense both set the tone. We kept the momentum high for each other.”
Defensively, RBHS played well by holding Morton running back Greg Hoard in relative check. He scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left in the third quarter to put the Mustangs on the board.
“When (Hoard) was going to run, we knew we had to keep each other up and stay positive,” Wise said. “That’s what we learned and what (head coach Brendan Curtin) has been teaching us. Just stay positive and focus on the next play.”
The Bulldogs responded to Hoard’s score on their next drive with a 65-yard touchdown run to give RB a comfortable 31-6 lead at the 3:44 mark of the third quarter.
The nonconference victory provided an inspiring start for the Bulldogs, who went 9-2 and advanced to the Class 6A state quarterfinals last season.
“I know we can get it done this season,” Scott said. “We’re a good team. I really think we have something special going on.
“It’s going to be a great year and we’re just going to keep build off this win.”