Henry A. Wise High School senior Kenneth Scott-Kelow returned to the sideline after his second touchdown, slapped a teammate's extended hand and kept marching forward with his face covered in determination.
“I'm not playing,” Scott-Kelow barked.
No he wasn't, and neither was Wise, which beat Meade High School 40-0 in a 4A state semifinal Saturday. Wise (13-0), in its third state championship game in the past four years, meets Quince Orchard (12-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
“We come out fighting every game like it's our last,” said Scott-Kelow, who caught a 26-yard touchdown pass, returned a punt 52 yards for another score and ran 45 yards for his final touchdown. “We just want to go to states, and we knew it started with this game.”
Wise's defense posted its eighth shutout of the season, as several players contributed to holding 30 of Meade's 63 plays to zero yards or fewer, including 12 that lost yardage.
“That's what we do,” linebacker Benjamin Robinson said. “That's what we've been doing all year. Our whole team's just been contributing. That's what makes us so dynamic.”
Perhaps, no player is more dynamic than Scott-Kelow — a wide receiver, cornerback, punter returner, kick returner and quarterback in the Puma Package, a variation of the Wildcat.
When Scott-Kelow, the junior varsity quarterback as a sophomore, moved to varsity last season, he resisted Wise coach DaLawn Parrish's attempts to make him a quarterback.
“He didn't want to be yelled at,” Parrish said. “I yell at the QBs all the time.”
And now with Scott-Kelow?
“There's nothing to yell about,” Parrish said.
Scott-Kelow has settled well into all his roles, and he's not turning down any more opportunities to see action. He likes everything he does and can't pick a favorite position.
“I like playing all over the field and helping the team win,” said Scott-Kelow, who led Wise with 76 rushing yards and four catches for 58 yards.
Wise has done plenty of winning this season, taking all 13 of its games by at least 20 points and an average of 38 points. Even Quince Orchard coach Dave Mencarini sent Parrish a congratulatory text message after Wise's latest win.
As the Wise players gathered following the game, several shouted, “One more to go.” Still, linebacker Franklin Porter chastised them for looking too pleased with themselves.
“We just had to get it done this week,” Porter said. “But it ain't done yet.”
Wise 40, Meade 0
Meade (10-2) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Wise (12-0) 7 14 19 0 — 40
W — Chase Powell 5 run (Delontae Yancey kick)
W — Kenneth Scott-Kelow 26 pass from Isaiah Black (kick failed)
W — Micah Till 23 pass from Isaiah Black (Franklin Porter run)
W — Kenneth Scott-Kelow 52 punt return (Delontae Yancey kick)
W — Kenneth Scott-Kelow 45 run (kick failed)
W — Chase Powell 19 run (kick failed)
Meade — Kyle Evans 16-58; Deon Dailey 2-2; Derrick Souder 1-0; Marcus Smith 10-(-24).
Wise — Kenneth Scott-Kelow 3-76; Chase Powell 16-45; Franklin Porter 4-15; Antwan Benjamin 1-14; Isaiah Black 8-3.
Meade — Marcus Smith 19-33-149-0; Daivon Nixon 0-1-0-0..
Wise — Isaiah Black 6-10-93-0.
Meade — Anthony Watkins 4-45; Keenan Graham 3-41; Kyle Evans 7-23; Davonte Vincent 4-22; Daivon Nixon 1-18.
Wise — Kenneth Scott-Kelow 4-58; Michah Till 1-23; Mel Young 1-12.