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The Ravens (3-0 conference, 4-0 overall) led just 20-0 at halftime but got the lead out to as large as 53-0 in the fourth quarter before Fort Scott (1-3, 1-4) finally scored.
"I talked to the team afterwards and told them, 'Winning and losing shouldn't define you; the way you handle winning and losing should define you'," Fort Scott head coach Jeff Sims said afterward. "We were big boys last year when we won and I hope that our guys will carry their heads up. There just has to be work to be done."
Greyhound quarterbacks Blaine Dalton and Spenser Bennett were sacked 8 times. Fort Scott's rushing game was held to minus-24 yards on 39 rushes, although that includes a bad snap in the shotgun formation that went over Dalton's head and bounced backward 25 yards before it was recovered by Coffeyville in the end zone for a touchdown.
Sims told KSEK-FM's Matt Newbery after the game that the Greyhounds did not have a good week of practice in preparing to face one of the nation's top teams.
"And that's not really the fault of the players," Sims said, "If practice isn't good, it's the whole program. And we have to fix that."
Coffeyville didn't start fast out of the gates as the Ravens' first seven plays generated just 13 yards of total offense. Coffeyville's first score came as a result of the high snap mentioned earlier. Kameron Thompkins fell on the ball in the end zone and Kelyn Pohlman's PAT kick made it 7-0 with 7:26 to go in the first quarter.
Sophomore running back Mulku Kalokoh made it 14-0 when he sprinted in from 46 yards out with 1:41 left in the period. The Red Ravens finished with 59 yards of total offense in the period, all but 13 on that one play.
The halftime margin was 20-0, made when Antonio Johnson took a slip-screen pass from Cayden Cochran and ran 15 yards for the score with 7:12 left in the second quarter. The conversion was blocked.
The Greyhounds reached the 30-yard line on the ensuing possession but could advance no farther as Dalton couldn't find a receiver on fourth-and-25.
Defensive end Melvin Payne ended Coffeyville's next drive by tipping a pass and intercepting it.
Fort Scott had just one yard of total offense in the first quarter but was able to get that up to 73 by halftime. But Coffeyville's defense made any sustained drives difficult to maintain.
Luke Pray kicked a 48-yard field goal with 12:24 left in the third to make it 23-0. Cochran found Duron Carter, the son of NFL great Cris Carter, from 13 yards out with 7:33 remaining to make it 30-0.
Carter had no catches in the first half but finished with 4 for 63 yards.
The fourth quarter began with Cochran's pass to Quinton Patton on a crossing pattern that went for a score just under a minute and a half in. An interception set up a 28-yard field goal by Pohlman with 10:50 remaining that made it 40-0.
Pray made a 42-yard field goal with 9:31 left. Joe Vargas recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and carried it 6 yards to make it 50-0 just nine seconds later.
Pray hit from 40 yards out with 5:33 to go.
Fort Scott finally got on the board when Dalton hit Malcom Moulton on a 45-yard play with 4:36 left. Coffeyville recovered the onside kick and Grail Brewster junior made it 59-7 with 2:28 left on a 2-yard run. Pohlman's PAT kick hit the post and bounced out.
Dalton scrambled 16 yards for the final score of the game with 33 seconds to go.
Coffeyville finished with 382 yards of total offense to 149 for the Greyhounds. Brewster finished as the Ravens' leading rusher with 81 yards on 9 carries. Cochran finished the game 12 of 28 for 161 yards after a 1-of-6 start. Patton was the leading receiver with 5 catches for 69 yards.
Jonathan Walker finished as Fort Scott's leading rusher with 45 yards on 15 carries. Dalton finished 11 of 26 for 142 yards and one interception. Bennett, who got the start, finished 3 of 12 for 31 yards and a pick. Moulton caught 10 passes for 140 yards.
There were 27 penalties called, a few of them late as frustrations started to come to the fore. The Ravens were whistled 17 times for 140 yards, the 'Hounds 10 times for 78.
Fort Scott committed 5 turnovers, losing 3 fumbles.
If there's another bad week of practice, things may not get better this Saturday as the Greyhounds must travel to Hutchinson to face the No. 4-ranked Blue Dragons, who drew last week's bye. Perhaps, not coincidentally, Coffeyville had a bye before facing the 'Hounds.
Kickoff at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES -- Both Hutchinson and Coffeyville should move up one spot in this week's national rankings as No. 3 Ellsworth (Iowa) was beaten by No. 11 Grand Rapids, 49-28, Saturday....
No. 1 will not change this week as it had the previous two weeks as top-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast was able to beat Southwest Mississippi, 51-21, Thursday. No. 2 Butler routed KJCCC cellar dweller Dodge City, 63-3, Saturday night....