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'Hounds hope to break another Butler streak

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Fort Scott's Kaleb Mueller (75) makes a big hit on Butler's Derhan Williams on a punt return during play in the Oct. 31 meeting between the teams at Frary Field. Fort Scott, then ranked third in the nation, defeated the then-No. 4 Grizzlies, 14-10, and claimed the conference crown for the first time in 35 years.
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Sunday afternoon at the friendly confines of Frary Field, the 2009 Region VI Championship will be determined when No. 2 nationally-ranked Fort Scott Community College (10-0) and No. 7-ranked Butler (8-2) clash.

This match-up is being billed as "The Rematch" as two weeks ago Fort Scott handed the Grizzlies their first conference loss since 2006 by beating the Grizzlies, 14-10, in a nail biter at Frary Field.

This also broke a string of eight consecutive conference titles for the Grizzlies. The 'Hounds won the Jayhawk Conference championship for the first time since 1974 (and first outright since 1973).

It was also Fort Scott's first victory over a Butler team in 22 tries. Also, the loss to Fort Scott broke a 20-game conference winning streak by the Grizzlies.

Butler has won seven straight play-off games. Its last loss was to Dodge City in the semifinal round in 2005. This is the streak the Greyhounds are looking to break Sunday afternoon.

Fort Scott advanced to Sunday's championship game via a 42-17 victory over the Hutchinson in last week's first round.

Fort Scott's high powered offense rolled over the Dragon's defense, gaining 425 total yards with 268 of those on the ground.

Sophomore running back Jasmin Hopkins, the Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year, gained 208 yards on 25 carries. Hopkins, who climbed to second on the FSCC all-time rushing charts, also scored three touchdowns against the Dragons.

The Greyhounds' defense held the high-powered Hutchinson rushing attack to 158 yards (240 yards total) while forcing it into two turnovers.

Linebacker LaVonte' David led the 'Hounds with 11 tackles while defensive back Jamel Johnson had 8 takedowns.

Butler had to come from behind to end Coffeyville's surprising season. The Grizzlies scored two touchdowns in the final 2:39 to overcome a 14-7 Red Raven lead to prevail, 21-14.

Butler was led by quarterback Ross Dausin, who threw for 245 yards, completing 17 of 22 passes.

The Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year, defensive lineman Scott Smith, led the Grizzlies with three sacks. He also had eight tackles with two behind the line of scrimmage.

Sunday's contest will pit one of the best offenses in the country against one of the best defenses in the country. Controlling the line of scrimmage may be the key to victory.

The Jayhawk Conference All-Conference team, which was released earlier in the week, will be well represented during this game. Fort Scott has 16 players total on the First Team, Second Team, and Honorable Mention lists while Butler had 22 players selected.

Fort Scott's Jeff Sims staff was honored with the conferences "Coach of the Year" award, which he has stated should go to his entire coaching staff.

Sims and staff have put together the best season any Greyhound team has had since the 1972 Greyhound team was national runner-up with a 10-1 record.

Sims has compiled a 28-5 record over the three years he has been at the helm at Fort Scott. Sims' teams are also 15-1 overall at Frary Field.

Butler's Troy Morrell is 102-13 in his nine years as the head man at Butler. This includes three national championships and eight KJCCC championships. His Grizzly teams have won the last three Region VI Championship Games. Morrell has been conference Coach of the Year five times.

Sunday's contest kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at Frary Field.



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