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FSHS football scrimmage

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fort Scott High senior receiver Brady Fink brings in a pass during the Red & White Scrimmage at Frary Field Friday evening. The pass from Jonathan Stark went for 63 yards with running back Cody McGehee scoring on the next play. Fort Scott opens its season Friday night versus Labette County at Frary Field.
(Scott Nuzum/Herald-Tribune)
FORT SCOTT -- Fort Scott High School's Red & White Scrimmage did nothing to settle the question of who the Tigers' starting quarterback will be this season. That's going to be determined next week.

What it allowed fans to see is that with either senior Luke Brown or junior Johnathan Stark under center, the Tigers will be a very good football team. And the one who does now win the quarterback job is too good not to have on the field as a receiver.

Head coach Bob Campbell indicated that Stark might begin the season as the starter with Brown as the X tight end because it would provide the best lineup.

"Johnathan and Luke give us two really good quarterbacks," Campbell said. "Probably right now, we're leading toward Johnathan because when he's playing quarterback, Luke gives us a real threat at the X position. Straton (Hunziker) does a nice job there, too, but Luke's a seasoned receiver, has great speed, has good hands and he's 170-some pounds. He's tough to bring down. With that being said, I feel we can win with either on of those kids."

The first play the varsity offense ran resulted in a 70-yard touchdown run by Dane Cummings. Cody McGehee scored twice on runs of seven and 48 yards, the former set up by a finger-tip grab by Brady Fink that was good for 63 yards.

The varsity defense was stingy against the JV offense, allowing about 20 yards in six series of plays.

The Tigers didn't dig very deeply into their playbook since next week's season-opening opponent, Labette County, was expected to send scouts to the scrimmage.

"I'm sure our crowd thought, 'Man, how many times are they going to run that dive?'," Campbell said. "Well, sometimes it's inside veer, sometimes it's trap. So we were pretty vanilla tonight offensively. But I thought the first team offense executed pretty well."

In between the varsity offensive and varsity defensive series, several JV-versus-JV series were run. Campbell and his staff will evaluate the JV players the same as the varsity.

"I've learned this over the years: you can usually tell a good football program by the quality of their JV and freshmen teams," Campbell noted. "Some programs spend all their time coaching their varsity kids and you notice that when you watch them play on Monday night."

The freshmen held their own scrimmage to kick off the evening's activities. There wasn't much scoring as the defense and offense appeared to be at the same level of preparedness. Quarterback Mason Knopp broke off a 54-yard keeper early only to be chased down by Jacob Bradbury, who forced a fumble at the 10. The offense recovered the ball and scored on Adam Deloney's 2-yard run. Joe Doherty and Jacob Payne also scored rushing touchdowns.

Fort Scott opens the season against LCHS at 7 p.m. Friday night at Frary Field. The Tiger freshmen and JV will play at Labette County Tuesday night.

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