(Fort Scott Community College photo)
Fort Scott goes into Saturday's game with an 8-0 overall record. Butler comes into the contest with a 7-1 record with its only blemish coming in the first week of the season, a 24-17 loss Blinn (Texas), which since has risen to No. 1 in the national poll. Butler was the pre-season No. 1 team going into that contest at Wichita while Blinn was No. 5. Both Fort Scott and Butler are 6-0 in conference play.
Butler came into this season having won the last eight consecutive Jayhawk Conference regular-season titles. The Grizzlies have won the title 10 out of the last 11 years, missing out only in 2000 when Garden City won the championship. Butler has also won four of the five Region VI Playoff championships since that title was separated from the Jayhawk Conference championship in 2004. Coffeyville won the 2005 playoff title.
The Grizzlies own a 36-1-1 record over the Fort since 1979 and have won 21 games in a row against the Greyhounds. Fort Scott's last victory in the series came in the 1994 playoffs, a 24-14 decision at Frary Field.
Last season the 8-0 'Hounds went to El Dorado to face Butler. The visitors scored first before the Grizzlies ran off 24 unanswered points to take the victory on their way to the college's fifth national championship.
The hometown Greyhounds believe this could be the year that everything changes.
FSCC is led by a high-powered rushing offense that has run over their opponents so far in 2009. The Greyhounds are ranked third in the country in rushing with 286 yards per game, and ninth in team offense at 432 yards per game. The 'Hounds are averaging 37 points per game.
Preseason All-American sophomore tailback Jasmin Hopkins leads the 'Hounds in rushing with 1,197 yards on 189 carries. His average of 150 yards per game makes him third in the country in rushing yards per game. Hopkins backup is Justin Woods, a sophomore from Shawnee, who rushed for 860 yards on 157 attempts for 108 yards per game average. Hopkins and Woods run behind a very experienced offensive line led by preseason All-American tackle Jermarcus Hardrick.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Greyhounds are led by preseason All-American linebacker La Vonte David. The Miami, Fla., native has 74 tackles, 16 of those for losses. David also has 3 interceptions, returning one 1 for a score against Garden City in Week 3.
Defensive tackles Byron Jerideau and Anthony White has shown a lot of improvement in the last few weeks by controlling their side of the ball and have 94 tackles (20.5 tackles for loss) combined.
Butler is led by a very good defensive unit that is only allowing their opponents 9.4 points per game this season. Butler's defense is also ranked second in the nation against the rush, giving up just 51 yards per game.
Preseason All-American Forlando Johnson, a 5' 11", 215-pound sophomore linebacker, leads a Butler defense that returned only four starters from the 2008 championship team. Defensive lineman Cornelius Carridine, (6' 5, 230, Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the Grizzlies with 63 tackles, 17.5 of those taking place behind the line of scrimmage). Fellow lineman Scott Smith (6' 7", 270, Soph., Kailua, Hawaii) leads Butler with 9 sacks, followed by Carridine with 8.
Offensively, the Grizzlies are led by quarterback Ross Dausin. Dausin (6' 5", 200, Soph., San Antonio, Texas) has completed 49 percent of his passes for 1,636 yards, a 205-yard per-game average.
Dausin's favorite target is 6' 4", 195-pound Lawton, Okla., freshman Marcus Kennard. Kennard has averaged 44 yards per game on 17 catches this season.
When Butler runs the ball, it does so by committee, with three runners averaging over 44 yards per game. Ricky Jacques (6' 0", 225, Soph., Liberal, Kan.) leads the team with 541 yards while Lavelle Maddox (5' 8", 185, Soph., Kansas City, Kan.) is second with 403 yards on the season.
Grizzlies place kicker Logan Ortiz (5' 11", 190, Soph., Leavenworth) is ranked third in the nation in scoring by a kicker, with 68 points this season.
Saturday is also Sophomore Day as the Greyhound's sophomore players will be honored before the game. These sophomores have not won against the Butler Grizzlies and would love to make today their special day.
Stadium gates will open at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.
Tale of the Tape
|A comparision of statistics between Fort Scott and Butler:|
|2008 overall record||9-2||11-1|
|2009 conference record||6-0||6-0|
|2009 overall record||8-0||7-1|
|National championships (a)||1||5|
|Scoring Offense||36.6 (2nd)||31.1 (3rd)|
|Rushing yards||286.9 (1st)||180.9 (4th)|
|Passing yards||145.1 (5th)||207.3 (2nd)|
|Total offense||432.0 (1st)||388.1 (2nd)|
|First downs||21.4 (1st)||19.6 (3rd)|
|Sacks allowed (total)||8 (1st)||21 (5th)|
|Season high points||59 (2nd)||53 (5th)|
|Season high tot. yds.||545 (2nd)||650 (1st)|
|Season high rush. yds.||499 (1st)||355 (7th)|
|Season high pass yds.||324 (1st)||295 (4th)|
|Scoring defense||16.1 (2nd)||9.4 (1st)|
|Rushing yards||118.3 (3rd)||60.0 (1st)|
|Passing yards||171.9 (6th)||161.1 (5th)|
|Total yards||221.1 (1st)||290.1 (4th)|
|First downs||17.5 (6th)||12.0 (1st)|
|Sacks (total)||20 (5th)||33 (1st)|
|Rushing (Avg.)||J.Hopkins, 149.4||R.Jacques, 65.4|
|----||J.Woods, 107.5||L.Maddox, 48.6|
|Passing (Avg.)||D.Davis, 130.3||R.Dausin, 207.3|
|Efficiency rating||D.Davis, 113.5||R.Dausin, 124.5|
|Receptions/gm.||CJ Fondren, 3.0||(b)|
|Yards (Avg.)||CJ Fondren, 38.9||M.Kennard, 44.4|
|----||C.Peake, 36.5||D.Watkins, 37.0|
|Sacks||Z.Bowers, 6||S.Smith, 9|
|Interceptions||D.Herbin, 5||D.Edwards, 4|
|Scoring by quarters||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Total|
(a) -- Fort Scott was awarded national titles in 1935 and 1938 but it is not know what sanctioning body awarded these championships.
(b) -- Butler does not have a player in the top 15 in the Jayhawk Conference in receptions per game.