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Fort Scott holds off Coffeyville, improves to 2-0

Saturday, September 10, 2011

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. -- Fort Scott High's football squad rolled up nearly 300 yards of total offense in beating Coffeyville, 26-8, in Southeast Kansas League action at Veteran's Memorial Stadium Friday night.

The Golden Tornado (0-2 SEK, 0-2 overall) was only able to score on special teams trick plays. Without that, they had only 181 total yards.

Although the majority of the Tiger offense was registered on the ground, they scored on a pass at the end of the game's first possession. Tight end Luke Brown brought in a Johnathan Stark pass over his shoulder in the end zone on a 21-yard play with 8:34 on the clock. The extra-point kick was unsuccessful.

Fort Scott's defense stopped Coffeyville on a fourth-down play in Tiger territory late in the first period. The offense turned around and converted it into a second-quarter score as Dane Cummings ran it over the line from 2 yards out with 7:30 remaining. Brady Fink caught a pass for the 2-point conversion to put Fort Scott ahead, 14-0.

The Tigers (2-0, 2-0) made another stop late in the half as Tyler Adams tacked quarterback Corey Turner for a 1-yard gain on fourth-and-goal at the Fort Scott 5. FSHS marched down to the Coffeyville 12 but was unable to convert a fourth-and-1 there on the final play of the half.

Coffeyville's trickery came on the first possession of the second half when Wesley Collins took a direct snap in punt formation and ran through the Tigers for the touchdown from 54 yards out. Collins also took the direct snap in the swinging game formation on the extra point and scored the 2-point conversion to bring the Nado within 14-8.

Fort Scott answered with a six-play drive that ended with Cody McGehee's 14-yard touchdown run with 6:43 to go in the third. The Tigers were unable to make the 2-point conversion.

Fort Scott recovered a Coffeyville fumble on the first play of the ensuing possession and scored four plays later on Jason Thorpe's 1-yard plunge. Another 2-point conversion failed but the Tigers led 26-8 with 6:09 remaining in the third.

Cummings finished with 111 yards on the ground on 18 carries while Thorpe added 94 yards on 19 rushes. Stark completed 5 of 11 passes for 88 yards with Brown hauling down three of them for 72 yards.

Collins, who did not play until the second quarter for disciplinary reasons, ran for 79 yards on seven rushes. Turner completed 7 of 16 passes for 117 yards.

The Nado were also hurt by committing 8 penalties for 64 yards, several of which were the result of poor discipline. Fort Scott, after committing several false starts last week, was called only once for that offense this week.

The Tigers will play at home Friday night against Independence in Southeast Kansas League action.



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