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Chanute hands Tigers 42-20 loss in finale

Friday, October 30, 2009

CHANUTE -- As they did last season, Fort Scott's Tigers gave Chanute some fits in a season-ending game that the Blue Comets probably expected to be easier.

But, again, Chanute just had too much firepower and went on to clinch the Southeast Kansas League championship outright with a 42-20 victory over Fort Scott.

The Tigers ended the season with a 1-6 league record and a 1-8 overall mark, the worst for a Fort Scott teams since the 1982 team went 1-8. Chanute, which had already clinched a playoff berth, finished the regular season 7-1 in the SEK and 8-1 overall. The Comets will go on to a first-round playoff game Tuesday night as will Anderson County, which romped over Iola 38-0 to claim the second playoff spot out of the district.

Chanute held a 14-0 lead after Jared McComb scored the second of four touchdowns he would have on the night on a 2-yard plunge three seconds into the second quarter. He had also scored the Comets' first TD on a 6-yard run with 6:55 on the clock in the first quarter.

Chanute started the first scoring drive from its own 10-yard line and its second from its own 20.

The Tigers got on the board when Denzel Davis broke through from 36 yards out with 8:05 to go in the half. However, the extra-point kick was unsuccessful.

Griffin Knopp hauled in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Luke Brown with 4:31 to go to bring the Tigers within 14-12. They went for two points but the pass fell incomplete.

McComb, who rushed for 216 yards on 27 carries, scored on a 56-yard run for the Comets just 37 seconds later, making it 21-12 at the half.

T.J. Walls moved from running back to quarterback in the third quarter and scored two rushing touchdowns for Chanute. He ran in from 68 yards at 2:09 of the third period and 31 yards out with four seconds left, extending the Comet lead to 35-12.

McComb scored again from 17 yards out with 8:38 in the fourth. Fort Scott's Gary Floyd returned the ensuing kickoff about 70 yards and also hauled in the 2-point conversion pass from Trevor Swim.

Davis finished with 106 yards rushing for the Tigers on 13 carries. Chris Archie rushed 23 times for 80 yards.

Chanute gained 541 total yards to Fort Scott's 285. Tiger quarterbacks were a combined 8 of 26 for 84 yards.

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Here's my take on the state of the Fort Scott football program. 1) You practice like you play. Our players are not allowed to tackle during practice. This I do not understand. It's football. I'm ok with protecting the quarterbacks with a no tackle policy, but not tackling in practices leads to arm tackles, lack of proper technique, and tackling high which is what you see at every Fort Scott football game. When I played we finished every practice with the "Oklahoma Drill". It built character, proper tackling and blocking technique, and a desire to succeed. I bet Fort Scott was out rushed this year 2 to 1. Which leads to my second point. Strengh! I understand that some classes are more athletic, faster, and over all bigger kids then others. But champions today are built in the gym. We have become soft. No other way to put it. We've never had much of a weight training program. But if you want to compete today you had better put the work in the weight room first. The other schools have realized that to become champions it starts there. We may not have the size this year, but we also lack in overall strengh. Therefore we we were blown off the line consistently all year.

I do not believe school time between 8 and 3 is the time to be lifting weights. It needs to be organized every morning around 6:00am or after school. I would bet there is not one chart in our weight room charting progress of kids. Have the kids been evaluated and given set goals to meet monthly, are there ever weight training awards, demands, expectations etc.etc. I bet if you ask any of our recent alumni playing football at a higher level will agree that they are behind strengh wise when they get to the next level, because of a lack of expectations and an organized lifting program in high school.

Kids want to win and be champions. It take the kids, coaches, administration and parents to understand the sacrifices necessary.

I believe our kids have the desire, but not the tools in place to take them there.

-- Posted by Tigerdad2000 on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 1:19 PM

Exactly when did you play?

-- Posted by fattiger on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 5:30 PM

what instrument did you play in the band, fatboy?

-- Posted by brandonx1 on Mon, Nov 2, 2009, at 11:24 AM

And now, not only putting me down, but putting the band down as well. I think the FSHS band is operating at a higher level of achievement than the FSHS football team right now, so I would be careful in what you say. BTW, did you play for Mr. Epps? Did you have him as a teacher? Can you answer without calling me a name? All questions I know all of the readers just can't wait to read.

-- Posted by fattiger on Mon, Nov 2, 2009, at 4:08 PM

*yawn*.......i refuse to get into a battle of wits with an unarmed man

-- Posted by brandonx1 on Mon, Nov 2, 2009, at 4:31 PM

That sure is original.

-- Posted by fattiger on Mon, Nov 2, 2009, at 6:33 PM

and yet so very accurate

-- Posted by brandonx1 on Tue, Nov 3, 2009, at 8:16 AM

Thank you fattiger for sticking up for the band! As a former member, I take pride in what the band has accomplished. Since the football team is so horrible, something needs to entertain the spectators at the football games. Brandonx1, instead of trying to stick up for Coach Epps, why don't you take a look back and see the records and everything that was accomplished under BC. Then look at how it has declined since then.

-- Posted by mb09 on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 9:46 AM

It has all become rather a moot point as of this morning.

-- Posted by fattiger on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 12:31 PM

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