It's Washington vs. Benton, Noah vs. Jeremy Saturday night in the Collins Community Credit Union Scholarship Scramble finale. The winner takes home a $500 scholarship, plus $250 for his school. The runner-up doesn't leave empty handed however.

3 Years Ago, Alex Baxter of Jefferson won!

Alex Baxter and i107-1's Carson

2 years ago, it was Todd Oberthein of Solon!

Todd Oberthein & i107-1's Carson

Last year, it was Dereck Fye of Prairie!

Dereck receives his check from Collins Community Credit Union.

Who will take the title and scholarship in the 4th year? It's definitely been a exciting season. High School students from across the area registered in the winter to be a part of this year's challenge, and Springville, Washington, Solon, Benton, Jefferson, Prairie, Center Point-Urbana, and Cedar Valley Christian were all selected to compete. At halftime of each Titans game, that list was reduced, as we reached the last 2 standing: Washington's Noah and Benton's Jeremy.

 

Chris Carson

Noah's road to the final has been long, but straightforward.  He was one of the first two competitors of the season, with his first contest at the Feb. 28th game, where he was up against Tyler from Springville, a school that has been in each of the 3 previous finals, just with a different competitor. He dominated in that showing, advancing with a score of 7-4. He advanced to take on Solon's Noah April 25th, with Solon being a previous champion (although again with a different competitor). Noah rose to the occasion again, and secured his spot in the finals.

Jeremy's road has been a little rockier. His first appearance was March 7th, and it didn't go as planned.  He fell to Solon by one point, and was eliminated. The contest continued, and the final 4 were determined. But prior to the May 9th face-off, we learned the competitor from Center Point Urbana would be unable to compete, and the quest to find his replacement was on, and Jeremy was available. He was also clearly ready. He was first up in the face-off against last year's winning school, Prairie, and he was on-fire, leaving the crowd questioning how he had previously been eliminated.  He became the first contestant all season to hit a perfect score. His competitor than took the field and pulled off the same feat, but was just a few second slower, and Jeremy was into the finals.

So here we are ready for Saturday night. Noah, a quarterback, against Jeremy, a linebacker with a previously perfect showing. Just by making it to the finals, each has already scored minimally a $250 scholarship.  Each school is making its first appearance in the finals, of which one will be receiving $250 for the school to use how they see fit. Finally, the competition gets a bit more difficult as the targets are moved backwards, meaning longer throws, more running, and more fatigue. All in all, it should be a great competition, and we can't wait.

Tickets are still available, and the first 2500 fans in the door get a free hot dog. Carson also has your chance to win tickets this afternoon.  Listen for the cue to text in and win.

We'll see you for the action at halftime Saturday night with the Collins Community Credit Union Scholarship Scramble.