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Blinn rallies in fourth to take national title

Monday, December 7, 2009

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Fort Scott receiver C.J. Fondren makes a catch despite the coverage of Blinn defensive back Kip Dailey
(18) during the first quarter of the Citizens Bank Bowl at Pittsburg Sunday. Fondren led the Greyhounds' receiver with 4 receptions for 48 yards.(Kenny Felt/Captured Images)
PITTSBURG -- No. 2 Blinn scored 21 unanswered points in the final 21 1/2 minutes and claimed its fourth NJCAA championship with a 31-26 victory over Fort Scott Community College in the inaugural Citizens Bank Bowl at Carnie Smith Stadium Sunday.

This came after the Greyhounds (11-1) scored 26 unanswered points after Blinn (11-1) had claimed a 10-0 lead.

The game-winning score came on Chad Froechtenicht's 84-yard punt return with 15.4 seconds remaining in the contest.

"I just talked to them and I told them, 'This is life'," FSCC head coach Jeff Sims said. "But I dare someone to tell those guys that they don't have anything to be proud of."

The 'Hounds got themselves into position for a Hail Mary pass when they used a couple of laterals on the ensuing kickoff to get to the Blinn 44-yard line. Quarterback Dominque Davis threw the ball into the end zone but Blinn's Darrin Moore got position and batted it down as the clock expired.

Blinn ends the season with the No. 1 ranking. The NJCAA voters put Fort Scott at No. 2 with Navarro (Texas) third.

"I thought we were going to have a national championship when we got here today," Sims said. "And I thought it when we ran the Hail Mary."

Blinn dominated the fourth quarter statistically, outgaining Fort Scott 112 yards to 23. The Buccaneer defense held the 'Hounds without a first down in the fourth quarter.

"This game's the epitome of this team and this season," Blinn head coach Brad Franchione said. "It just goes to show that if you keep fighting, things will go your way. But that play is a fitting way to end this season."

Blinn went in front first when quarterback Cam Newton scrambled around the right side for a touchdown with 9:07 to go in the first quarter. The Bucs forced a fumble and recovered it on the first play of Fort Scott's next possession. That resulted in Billy Greer's 32-yard field goal with 6:27 left to make it 10-0.

Dominique Davis scored Fort Scott's first two touchdowns on 1-yard quarterback sneaks, the first with 2:15 left in the first and the other with 13:29 on the clock in the second. The second TD was set up by a Jamel Johnson interception return.

Fort Scott's lead grew to 16-0 when the snap went over Jarod Jaroszewski's head in punt formation and he had to go back to make sure that the 'Hounds didn't turn it into a touchdown by knocking it out of the back of the end zone for a safety with 11:26 to go in the second.

Kyle Ericson's 35-yard field goal with 6:17 to go increased the lead to 19-10.

Blinn got the first possession of the second half but Frank Bryant stripped the ball from running back Mike Hayes and Omar Leftwich recovered for the 'Hounds. Three plays later, Davis ran the ball around the left side on a wide-open bootleg from 19 yards out to make it 26-10.

The momentum shifted on Fort Scott's next possession when Blinn's Gadrian Muse intercepted Davis at the 2-yard line and ran it back to the Blinn 26.

Newton guided the Bucs downfield, getting them to the 14-yard line, where he pitched to Hayes around the left side for a touchdown with 6:21 to go. The Bucs went for two and ran the same play for the conversion, bringing them within 26-18 with 6:21 left in the third.

Fort Scott's offense began to struggle after that. The Greyhounds' last first down came on the last play of the third quarter and they were able to rush for just 6 yards in the fourth.

Newton brought Blinn within 2 points when he ran in from 9 yards out with 7:35 remaining. The Bucs went for 2 points to tie it but Andre Clarke stopped Newton on a run to leave the score 26-24 with 2:23 to go.

"At no point did I feel the game was over," Newton said in the post-game press conference. "This team is resilient. We find ways. I know some way or another things are going to turn in our favor. Fort Scott had the momentum all through the game and we were just trying to get a little spark to start a forest fire."

Jasmin Hopkins, who led all rushers with 210 yards on 36 carries and was named the game's Most Outstanding Offensive player, had trouble finding space on Fort Scott's last possession. He was tackled for a 6-yard loss on third-and-5.

"I thought we had more opportunities to score," Sims said. "It would have been nice to get another first down but it's hard to grind it hen they know you're going to run it."

Sims said he noticed Blinn was taking time setting up its punt return team and got his punting unit out to try and catch the Bucs off guard.

"I saw them having trouble getting personnel on, so I rushed the punt," Sims said. "That's my fault and for the record, I made a mistake."

Both teams had over 300 yards in total offense. Fort Scott rushed for 251 yards on 55 carries. Blinn gained 189 yards rushing and 116 passing.

Hayes finished with 111 yards on 20 carries when Newton had 102 yards on 13 carries and completed 11 of 25 passes for 111 yards.

Davis went 6 of 12 for 61 yards. C.J. Fondren, a Pittsbburg High School graduate, caught 4 passes for 48 yards.

FSCC linebacker LaVonte David was named the game's Most Outstanding Defensive Player.


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Lost it with 42 sec left. 4 and 11,no time out . They should have ran the clock down and take the 5 yards and then PUNT IT OUT OF BOUNDS. Not right to the other team. I am no coach but what else should they have done?

-- Posted by kcils on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 8:14 AM

excellent game....tough loss

-- Posted by brandonx1 on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 9:36 AM

Ha,Ha what cracks me up is the poll FSCC vs Butler is still going on, the day of that game 4 weeks ago the votes totaled 214 of which 92 percent were for the Greyhounds.

As of today with over 500 votes cast its 58 percent vs 42 percent, someone isn't on the ball.

The Greyhounds blew it.

-- Posted by Lightning on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 4:56 PM

I agree with brandonx1. Great game, disappointing ending, great season, lots to be proud of.

I would opften go by FSCC last summer during the worst heat of the day and sometimes later the same day close to 9PM. What I saw was a large group of obviously dedicated young men and coaches doing the things it takes to be in a position to compete in a venue such as last Sunday. I pains me the Monday quarterbacking that is going on about Sunday's game.

Our court system will not allow some one to argue about an issue before them if the complainer does not "have standing". I doubt Lightning and kcils have standing. IMHO

-- Posted by Craig Campbell on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 10:33 AM

>>I doubt Lightning......

Opinions vary.

How is my statement "The Greyhounds blew it" Monday morning quarterbacking?

The few times I've been in court I was always had a lawyer, anyone who represents themselves in a court of law without a lawyer has a fool for a client.

-- Posted by Lightning on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 11:49 AM

There were lots of ifs in the game Sunday. All I know is that the Greyhounds are champions in my eyes, regardless of the outcome of one game. The best team did not win that game. Blinn players were undiciplined and dirty. I watched Greyhound football players work like dogs from July through December to become a championship team who ended with an 11-1 record. Their day started at 7:00 am with breakfast check-in and end around 10:30 at night, 7 days a week. How many of you who who say they "blew it" can say you ever worked so hard for anything? Coach Sims and his staff took a group and made them believe they were the best and most of all turned them into a team. A team that Ft Scott, KS should be proud of! Hounds you are #1 in my eyes!

-- Posted by houndfan on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 2:28 PM

I agree, the Hounds are the #1 team, it is just Blinn got lucky with that last run. It was pure chance and luck, that is why everone was so suprised when the last run was made. I believe what Mr. Campbell is saying is that "Monday morning quarterbacking" is where you are critical of the events, and performance of the team after the fact, and the "lack of standing", however not an exact comparison here, (kind of like apples and oranges), is derived from the latin "locus standi". Where with the statement "the Hounds blew it"; unless you are a player or trainer, then criticism of "blew it" is without "technical merit" in the leagal latin sense, and and the lack of standing refers to the participation of the comment being presented without direct knowedge of the facts as the team knew them, or as the coach presented the play to the players. I do not feel that I or Mr. Campbell are Criticizing but I think he is just making an observation. Reguardless; the JUCO Greyhounds are #1 in my book, and in the end, Blinn did not just walk away from the game with a win. They had to fight for every yard, and did not walk all over the Hounds. We will win it next year.

-- Posted by save our history on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 10:39 AM

You are allowed to be #1 in your own little world but I bet the record books will show Blinn as the NATIONAL CHAMPIONS OF RECORD. You are right that the Ft. Scott team has nothing to hang their heads about. They too are a great football team. Your own coach said about Blinn quote.. "They are a great football team, but you can only control what you can control," Sims said. "If they beat us, it is because they are a better team."

So are you saying your coach isn't telling the truth?

Hmmm I guess Blinn Bucs are the better team.

You can second guess everything that happened Sunday..I can name at least 3 things that would have changed the face of the game for Blinn. But that is why they play the game.

-- Posted by newmang on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 1:56 PM

Oh and one more thought....Do you remember who was #2 last year?........nah I didn't think so.

-- Posted by newmang on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 2:02 PM

I couldn't even tell you who was #1 last year, but I'm guessing it must have been Blinn. I guess that prove just how important it all is in the scheme of life. Thanks for putting it in perspective newmang!

-- Posted by houndfan on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 5:03 PM

Very proud of the hounds and for them to get as far as they did was a victory I am sure many teams would have liked to just make it that far. It is just a game and only one team can win, the out come did not change the world and the out come did not hurt or help anything major in anyones life. Be thankful we have the freedom to play the game and be thankful we have young men who worked very hard to get as far as they did! The coach made a mistake or two which must mean he is human.

-- Posted by just4fun on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 6:48 PM

#2 last year was Snow. Butler took the National Championship. Some people do actually pay attention. The Greyhounds had an overall amazing season. No, they did not win their "big game." The opportunity was right there and they undermined Blinn. However, I for one am very proud of how far our Hounds have come over the years and how great they are! Awesome job guys!!

-- Posted by mario03 on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 10:41 AM

Did anyone hear a rumor about the refs getting fined over the terible calls? Heard that Blinn would not of had the first 10 points on the board if it wasn't for the bad calls. I honestly think Blinn was no better than Butler and the hounds are a better team but no remataches so it it what it is!

-- Posted by just4fun on Sun, Dec 13, 2009, at 9:27 PM


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