SALT LAKE CITY — Workhorse: defined as something that is markedly useful, durable or dependable.
Merriam-Webster dictionary perfectly describes Hurricane senior running back Brian Scott, who had a season-high 36 carries to propel the Tigers to the 3A state championship for the fourth consecutive season in a dramatic 38-35 win against Spanish Fork.
"He did a heckuva of a job. I can tell he just put his heart into it and he just stepped it up to another level," said Hurricane quarterback Taylor Parker. "Our lineman did too — they gave him great blocks, so I give it to them."
This type of performance isn't anything out of the ordinary for the two-time state championship wrestler. Standing at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds — he looks like something out of a bodybuilding commercial.
And runs like it too.
"We're just lucky to have him, I tell him that every day. Even when they knew he was going to get it there at the end, he has willpower beyond everybody else right now," said Tigers coach Chris Homer. "I don't know what his totals were tonight but they had to be unbelievable."
Unbelievable is right. He broke the 200-yard mark for the second time this season with 206, despite the Spanish Fork defense stacking the box in anticipation for another carry — not to mention his three TDs to boost his season total to 28.
"Just keep my knees up and keep pushing for those first downs," Scott said about his mentality during crunch time. "All my linemen were like, 'We'll block for you, just keep running.'"
Scott surpassed the 1,500-yard mark on the season in the win. That's all milk and cookies compared to what he displayed Thursday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
It was only the third time this season he's carried the ball more than 20 times. There have been eight times Scott had fewer than 15 touches after spending much of the time on the bench during mop-up time.
"I was nervous about that," said Homer about his team facing a tough fourth quarter. "We have not played a tough game for weeks. Our last tough game was Cedar High School."
"As a coach, we're constantly wrestling with being classy, being smart, keeping kids healthy and it does hurt. I thought it hurt us tonight. We had kids cramping like crazy and things like that. But I think we learned a lot from tonight too."
What exactly did everyone learn? That question was answered in resounding fashion. Whether the score is embarrassingly lopsided or if it's a one-possession game heading into the final drive; one word sums up Scott:
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