(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
Columbus sophomore quarterback Owen Jordan made his first start as a Greyhound and it was going to be all or nothing with him. Transfer Colton Morrison was unavailable due to a dislocated thumb on his throwing hand suffered during the first quarter of last week's game at Butler and Sean Strehl has reportedly left the team after beginning the season as the starter but not dressing for the Butler game.
Receiver Jared Dangerfield is also said to be out for the season but several Greyhounds stepped up to take up the slack, one of whom had one of the best days by a Fort Scott receiver in the past 15 seasons.
(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
Jordan's yardage was the most since Blaine Dalton threw for 263 yards in a loss to Blinn in the first game of the 2010 season. No one had attempted more passes in a game since Greg Cross went 19 of 48 in a loss to Butler in the 2007 Region VI Championship Game. And no one had completed more passes since Bob Pesavento went 27 of 50 in a victory over Coffeyville in 1999.
Jordan went 11 of 16 for 138 yards and two scores during the Greyhounds' fourth-quarter rally.
The Greyhounds (1-2 Jayhawk Conference, 1-3 overall) went out to a 14-0 lead in a first quarter in which the defense held the Red Ravens (1-1, 2-2) to two yards of total offense and no first downs.
Jordan found Courtney Ward, who leaped over his defender to make the catch, for Fort Scott's first score with 5:03 left in the period. Running back Darian Hagan, who touched the ball 52 times, took control of a bad pitch and ran in from 5 yards out with 11 seconds to go to make it 14-0 as Mark Whitrock converted both extra points.
Coffeyville quarterback A.J. Derby, a transfer from the University of Iowa, failed to complete any of his first seven passes. It wasn't until the Red Ravens' sixth possession that they got their intial first down and Derby didn't complete his first pass until Coffeyville's seventh possession. The fact that the north half of Frary Field was less damaged by play than the south half could be attributed to the Ravens' troubles moving the ball in the first quarter, which was played nearly entirely on the south half. By the time the second quarter began, the sun had come out, which may have helped that half of the field dry out somewhat.
On the eighth possession, Coffeyville got on the board when Derby hit tight end Gage Billingsley on a 15-yard scoring play with 1:16 to go in the half. Tyler Bishop's extra point kick was successful.
Fort Scott drove to Coffeyville's 28-yard line with three seconds left in the half and Whitrock set up for a 46-yard field goal. But the snap was high and Whitrock had to recover the ball himself at the 43 so that the Ravens wouldn't pick it up and try to score.
Jamarcus Howard brought the Ravens tied the score at 14-14 when he intercepted Jordan and returned the ball 45 yards with 9:48 on the clock in the third. Derby connected with Dominique Reed on a 21-yard scoring strike with 12:34 left in the fourth to give Coffeyville the lead. Backup running back Andre Allen tied the score on a 2-yard run with 10:16 on the clock to extend the margin to 28-14. Allen's score was set up when Fort Scott muffed the kickoff after Reed's score. Coffeyville recovered and also benefited from an unsportsman-like conduct penalty after the play to take possession at Fort Scott's 15.
Despite having to burn two time outs on one play when there was some confusion about the assignments of the offensive linemen following an injury, Fort Scott scored on a 10-play, 65-yard drive on the ensuing possession. Jordan found Hagan for a 10-yard pass to convert a fourth-and-5 at the Ravens' 36. Three plays later, Jordan and Ward hooked up for their second TD connection of the day on a 26-yard play with 7:21 to go.
On the ensuing kickoff, Reed muffed the kickoff near his own goal line and tried to scramble out of trouble. He was nearly tackled for a safety at least once and only managed to get to his own 3-yard line. The defense forced a punt, which Kevin Short returned 6 yards to the Coffeyville 29 wit 5:42 remaining.
Jordan found Terrence Hoskin on back-to-back plays at the end of the drove. A 20-yard connection was followed up by a 10-yard scoring pass with 4:51 to go. Whitrock's PAT tied it at 28-28.
Coffeyville had to punt and Jordan completed four of five passes on the ensuing drive to get the ball to the Red Raven 15. Whitrock set up for a 33-yard field-goal with 50 seconds left but his foot slipped on the turf as he approached the ball and his kick came up short. The Ravens ran two plays, then decided to settle for overtime.
College overtime has similarities to high-school overtime. There's only a play clock, no game clock; and each team alternates possessions beginning at the 25-yard line. Coffeyville won the coin toss and elected to play defense first in the first extra session. Fort Scott chose to drive toward the north goal.
On it's possession, Coffeyville decided to go for it on fourth-and-one at the 16 rather than try a 33-yard field goal. But fullback Eric Peters, carrying the ball for the first time in the game, was held by the 'Hounds.
Javon Williams intercepted Jordan on Fort Scott's second play of its possession. But since Coffeyville had the ball first in the first OT, the 'Hounds got first possession of the second extra period. So Fort Scott went right back to the 25-yard line.
Unfortunately, Jordan's fourth-quarter magic didn't carry over to the overtime. His first-down pass was batted down, his second-down pass was tipped away from the receiver, and he threw incomplete on third down. Whitrock came out to try a 42-yard field goal but his kick fell short.
Derby found Alex Knorr for 12 yards on the first play of the Ravens' possession. Austin Fulson broke up Derby's first-down pass but Allen found space up the middle on second down for the game-winning score.
Fort Scott's loss came despite generating better offensive numbers. The 'Hounds had 23 first downs to Coffeyville's 14 and outgained the Ravens 358 yards to 306. Fort Scott ended up with only 88 yards rushing due to three plays that lost a total of 39 yards.
Hoskin caught 10 passes for 119 yards. The number of catches matches four others for the second-best total since 1996. Chris Vance caught 10 and Jake Davis matched that in different games in the 1999 season. Anthony Riley caught 10 in a win over Air Force Prep in 2007 and Malcon Mouton caught as many in a loss to Coffeyville in 2010. The only better day in the past 15 seasons was a 12-reception day by Cedric Houston in a loss to Highland in 2005.
Hagan caught eight passes for 38 yards for the 'Hounds while Ward hauled in seven for 78 yards and Griffith Gans brought down 3 for 35 yards. Hagan also carried the ball 44 times for 127 yards but was the only Fort Scott rusher to finish with positive yards.
Derby finished 10 of 30 with an interception for Coffeyville, passing for 127 yards, after starting one of 10 for seven yards. Billingsley caught three passes for 31 yards. Garrett Atzenweiler led the Ravens with 94 yards rushing on 16 carries.
This was Fort Scott's first overtime game since losing to Butler, 26-20, at Frary Field on Sept. 14, 2006. The Greyhounds are 1-4 all-time in overtime games. Their only victory came in their first OT game on Oct. 21, 2000, a 38-35 win over Hutchinson at Frary Field.
Fort Scott hosts Dodge City Saturday at 1 p.m. at Frary Field. The Conquistadors (0-3, 0-4) lost to No. 14 Hutchinson, 45-10, last week.
COFFEYVILLE. 0 7 7 14 0 6 -- 34
FORT SCOTT. 14 0 0 14 0 0 -- 28
|Team stats||Coffeyville||Fort Scott|
FS -- Ward 5 pass from Jordan (Whitrock kick), 5:03 [9, 61, 2:43)
FS -- Hagan 5 run (Whitrock kick), :11 [7, 45, 1:48]
C -- Billingsley 15 pass from Derby (Bishop kick), 1:16 [8, 45, 2:56]
C -- Howard 45 interception return (Bishop kick), 9:48
C -- Do.Reed 21 pass from Derby (Bishop kick), 12:34 [4, 43, 1:30]
C -- Allen 2 run (Bishop kick), 10:16 [5, 15, 2:13]
FS -- Ward 26 pass from Jordan (Whitrock kick), 7:21 [10, 65, 2:55]
FS -- Ward 10 pass from Jordan (Whitrock kick), 4:51 [4, 29, :51]
C -- Allen 13 run (no conversion attempted) [3, 25]
RUSHING: Coffeyville -- Atzenweiler 16-94, Allen 16-44, Derby 5-43, Teters 3-5, Peters 1-0, Jackson 1-minus 3, team 1-minus 4. Fort Scott -- Hagan 44-127, Jordan 3-0, Cage 1-minus 13, team 2-minus 26.
PASSING: Coffeyville -- Derby 10-30-1-127. Fort Scott -- Jordan 27-48-4-270.
RECEIVING: Coffeyville -- Billingsley 3-31, Do.Reed 2-52, Berry 2-8, Hinojos 1-16, Knorr 1-12, Da.Reed 1-8. Fort Scott -- Hoskin 10-119, Hagan 8-38, Ward 7-78, Gans 3-35.
MISSED FIELD GOALS: Fort Scott -- Whitrock 33 (short), 42 (short).