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Fort Scott preps for Aug. 31 opener

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fort Scott High quarterback Johnathan Stark (3) reads Garrett Reynolds' (47) intent while running an option play with halfback Marques Floyd during the Red & White Scrimmage at Frary Field Friday night. The Tigers open the regular season at home against Parsons on Aug. 31.
(Kenny Felt for the Herald-Tribune)
FORT SCOTT -- There's another week before high-school football season begins in Kansas. So Friday night, Bob Campbell's Fort Scott High squad put on the annual Red & White Scrimmage at Frary Field so that the coaching staff could evaluate the players under game-type conditions.

"When you have a scrimmage like this that's a little more of a game atmosphere, you have some kids who go a little harder, run a little harder, play a little harder on defense," Campbell, who begins his 17th season as head coach, said. "We saw some good effort tonight. I think we escaped in good health."

The freshmen, 20 in all, scrimmages against a team of sophomores first. They ran a total of 36 plays with the only score a short touchdown run by sophomore Chase Brown. The highlight for the frosh was a 36-yard pass from quarterback Kaleb DeLaTorre to receiver Marcus Stepps.

The varsity and junior varsity then took the field, playing three periods. The first two were 20 minutes long with a running clock. The No. 1 offense scored three times -- senior Marques Floyd scored on runs of 64 and 19 yards and classmate Victor Hughes scored on a 14-yard run.

The junior varsity then scrimmaged with the Red team defense seeming to have an advantage over the White offense. Eventually Brown scored on a two-yard run at the end of a long series.

Then it was the varsity defense against the JV offense and it looked as though the varsity was on a mission to make sure the JV didn't get anywhere.

"Our defense is very quick," Campbell says. "We think we have some strength and depth on our defense. We have good depth in the D-line. Now we're just looking for kids to continue to improve so we can get them on the field on Friday nights. We've told them that to get on the field on Friday night, you have to know what to do: alignment and assignment. You have to know where to line up and you have to do your job."

Campbell was pleased overall as he felt the Tigers have a good effort -- from starters, reserves and JV players alike.

"We'll watch the film (today) to really evaluate what areas we can clean up and get better," Campbell said. "I thought for early in the season, we executed pretty well on offense. And I think our young kids, even here at the end against our No. 1 defense, they played at a higher level because they played against better people."

Fort Scott opens the season next Friday with a 7 p.m. kickoff against Southeast Kansas League opponent Parsons at Frary Field. In the week ahead, the coaches and players will begin getting into a game-week routine.

"Our staff will work on the Parsons scouting report," Campbell said. "We'll have that Monday for the kids. And then we'll watch film. And then we'll have typical practices next week.

"As a coaching staff, you start looking at all the things on the whiteboard, looking at all the things you have to cover and all the game situations. You realize there's a lot to get done before that first game and we'll try to take care of all that and get done before we start (the season)."

NOTES -- The Tigers finished 8-2 last season....

Campbell will become the third-longest tenured head coach in the SEK since 1962 when he steps onto the field next Friday. Only Pittsburg's Larry Garman (34 seasons, 1965-98) and Parsons' Charlie Nally (19 seasons, 1981-99) coached at their schools longer during that time.

In two tenures at FSHS (1992-2005, 2010-11), Campbell has coached 138 games. Only Garman has coached more (253) since 1962....

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