PHILIPPI -- Scott Mayle showed why he is one of the best athletes in the area as he scored three touchdowns to lead Class AAA No. 12 Philip Barbour to a 21-7 victory over South Harrison in Big 10 conference action Friday night at George Byrer Field.
Mayle, who led the Colts with 62 yards on 11 carries, scored in a variety of ways. His first touchdown came early in the first quarter, as he received a South Harrison punt on his own 31 and, after making a couple of nice cuts, went virtually untouched for a 69-yard punt return.
Aaron Yeager's point after kick put the Colts (5-1) in front 7-0 with 2:10 left in the first quarter.
Mayle's second touchdown came on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive end Mike Delauder came free and hit South Harrison's quarterback, causing a fumble and the speedy Mayle scooped up the ball and dashed 49 yards to score. This gave the Colts a 13-7 lead with 1:44 left in the half.
He added his third and final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard burst up the middle to put the game away.
"All Scott needs is just a seam," Philip Barbour coach Mike Michael said. "It is just a matter of time before he is able to go the distance, almost like a heartbeat."
South Harrison (2-4) played inspired football on the defensive side holding the Colts to 102 yards rushing and 164 yards of total offense. South Harrison tied the game early in the second quarter with a nine-play, 69-yard drive culminated by a Drew Toth 4-yard run to tie the contest at 7-7 with 10:26 left.
Several times in the second half, the Hawks drove deep into Philip Barbour territory, but a penalty or a key play by the Colts defense stopped all scoring threats.
"This team doesn't deserve these kinds of outcomes," South Harrison coach Brad Jett said.
The Hawks' Bucky Kyle led all rushers with 104 yards on 17 carries, while Toth was a workhorse with 99 yards on 26 attempts.