MADISON -- Sissonville was looking to remain unbeaten, but to do so needed to get past a Scott team that's had the Indians' number in recent years.
The Indians got a huge win for their program Friday night, but had to survive to capture a thrilling 22-20 road victory when the Skyhawks failed on a tying 2-point conversion attempt with 2:01 left in the game.
With the victory, No. 2 Sissonville (4-0) is off to its best start since 2006. Scott (1-3) beat the Indians in the playoffs in 2006 and 2007 and in the regular season the past three years as well.
"It was a great football game," said Sissonville coach Eddie Smolder. "Our kids have worked hard to get to this point. Scott has beat us the last few years. Our goal was to come in here and get a 'W,' whether it was 15 points or two. A win is a win."
Smolder, in his third year coaching the Indians, has been rebuilding the program since his arrival, increasing the team's wins every year. He was a little emotional after the victory.
"We are 4-0, and I'm happy about that," Smolder said. "It's a huge win for us, on the road against a great program in Scott. Our kids really wanted it. I feel like they weren't going to come out of here without a win. I'm blessed to be their football coach.''
Clinging to a 22-20 lead with 2:01 remaining in the game and Scott needing the 2-point conversion to tie, Skyhawks running back Cameron Loftus received the handoff from quarterback Cody Brown and ran toward the right sideline.
Linebacker Nathan Miller rushed in from his position, applying pressure to Loftus, who attempted a pass, but the Indians senior knocked it down for the critical stop. Scott attempted an onside kick but failed, and Sissonville ran out the clock.
"I have full trust in [defensive coordinator Henry] Lanham to call the right play and our defense has worked hard all year," Smolder said. "They made a play when they had to. It looked like a halfback pass and Nathan Miller made a great play, got pressure and knocked it down."
Scott coach Shane Griffith indicated there was confusion on the 2-point conversion to try and tie.
"We were talking about a couple different things," Griffith said. "I don't know if we communicated clearly what we were looking for. It just didn't play out."