Buy scoring three times, one of which was the longest scoring play in school history.
Fort Scott Community College returned three interceptions for scores in the second half here Saturday, giving the Greyhounds the lead for good in a 40-22 victory over Dodge City.
Early in the fourth, Ladarius Gunter picked off a pass in the end zone and ran it back all the way to the other end to make it 26-15, the two-point conversion failing. It's the longest scoring play in FSCC history, officially 100 yards because college rules are unconcerned with how deep in the end zone one is when the scoring play begins.
Finally, Kevin Short took his conference-leading fifth interception of the season back 75 yards for a score with 4:31 to go that made it 33-15.
No records are available that indicate if Fort Scott (3-4) has ever scored three times on defense in a single game. There are four occasions since 1996 where the 'Hounds had two defensive scores -- but three of those consist of a touchdown and a safety. FSCC scored two defensive touchdowns against Garden City on Sept. 19, 2009.
Fort Scott hadn't recorded a defensive score yet this year. Its last one was made by, ironically enough, Matt Bollig at Highland last season. Bollig is now the Greyhounds' starting quarterback and had one of his best days of the season, completing 10 of 17 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
Dodge City (2-5) brought the Jayhawk Conference's leading passing offense into the contest but switch things up by emphasizing its running game. Quarterback Byran Parnes put the Conquistadors on the board first with a 1-yard sneak just over four minutes into the contest.
Dodge City found itself with an opportunity to extend the lead after Bradley Halbleib recovered a blocked punt at the Fort Scott 20-yard line. But the 'Hounds forced running back Robert McWright II to fumble inside the 5-yard line and Stephen Martin recovered.
Dodge City also advanced into Greyhound territory on its next possession. Gilbert Fernandez sacked Parnes on a fourth-down play at the 34 to end the drive.
Drew Russell missed two field goals early in the second quarter, one from 50 yards out, the next from 31. But the defense rose up again after the second miss, stopping McWright on fourth-and-9 at the Fort Scott 9-yard line with just under 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the half.
The Greyhound offense responded, moving from deep in their own territory to tie the game on Bollig's 29-yard pass to Griffin Knopp with with 2:47 left in the half.
Dodge City had the first possession of the second half. But the Greyhounds denied the Conqs again, forcing McWilliams out of bounds at the 3 on fourth-and-goal.
Halbleib gave Dodge the lead again, however, when he tackled Martese Jackson in his own end zone with 10:49 to go.
Later in the period, McWright finally found the end zone on a 35-yard draw play with 7:39 remaining. The extra-point kick was blocked, so the score remained 15-7 in Dodge's favor.
Bollig brought Fort Scott within two when he hit a wide-open Jonathan Wright on a 49-yard scoring play with around 5 minutes to go. The 'Hounds went for two but were not able to make it.
Not only did the defense then make the three scoring interceptions, it also forced McWright to fumble inside the 20 yet again on the second play of the fourth quarter. Dallas Buck recovered that one for the 'Hounds.
After the third pick-and-score, Dodge City switched to Aaron Hansen at quarterback and he was able to bring the Conqs within 33-22 with 3:45 left on a 38-yard scoring pass to Logan Stephens, who has more receptions than any other KJCCC player coming into the contest.
Dodge tried the onside kick but it went out of bounds. Fort Scott took over at the Dodge City 41 and killed three minutes before Bollig scored on a 1-yard run with 30 seconds to go.
Wright caught 5 passes for 122 yards to lead the 'Hounds. Knopp had 3 catches for 45 yards and tight end Brannon Green had 3 for 39 yards.
Martese Jackson added to his conference-leading rushing total with 145 yards on 30 carries.
McWright rushed for 201 yards on 31 carries for Dodge City while Parnes gained 104 on 16 rushes while also completing 19 of 39 passes for 173 yards. Stephens caught 9 passes for 82 yards.
Fort Scott will be idle this weekend -- and for the second time in three weeks -- before playing its final game of the season against Highland on October 29 at Frary Field.
NOTES -- Although Fort Scott should finish with the fourth-best record in the conference, it will not be recognized as such due to the NJCAA probation that was pinned on the program in August.
The fourth qualifier for the Region VI Playoffs will have a losing record. Dodge City controls its fate and will qualify as long as the Conqs can beat Garden City Saturday. If the Broncbusters (1-6) win, they would claim the final berth, making it entirely possible that the fourth seed could enter the playoffs with a record of 2-7....
Fort Scott Community College scoring plays of 90 yards or longer since 1996:
|100||Interception return||Ladarius Gumter||10-15-11||at Dodge City|
|99||Pass||Chad Peake from Dominique Davis||9-26-09||Hutchinson|
|99||Fumble return||Mike James||9-27-03||at Dodge City|
|99||Run||Jason Graham||10-4-97||at Highland|
|97||Pass||Kris Knaup from Greg Cross||9-27-07||at Hutchinson|
|96||Fumble return||Jacquain Williams||9-20-08||Garden City|
|93||Interception return||Derrick Stewart||9-13-08||Coffeyville|
|92||Pass||Chad Peake from Greg Cross||8-25-07||at Navarro|
|91||Kickoff return||Coryell Judie||10-20-07||Highland|
|90||Fumble return||Tony Charles||10-6-07||Air Force Prep|