Just to show how meaningless statistics can be, consider the following:
* -- Last weekend, Fort Scott Community College's football team outgained Coffeyville in total yardage and quarterback Owen Jordan had one of the best days by a Greyhound quarterback in years. Yet FSCC lost in overtime.
* -- Saturday at Frary Field, Dodge City nearly doubled Fort Scott's offensive output, Jordan had stretches where he struggled --missing on seven straight attempts at one point and completing only 5 of his last 17 attempts -- and Stanley Hagan, the Jayhawk Conference's second-leading running back was held to less than 90 yards, gaining just 30 on his last 21 carries.
So naturally, the Greyhounds won Saturday. Special teams and defense accounted for 20 unanswered Fort Scott points in a 34-14 victory over Dodge City.
The Conquistadors (0-4 KJCCC, 0-5 overall) lost their seventh straight game going back to last season despite compiling nearly 500 yards in total offense. They outgained the Greyhounds (2-2, 2-3) 268-71 in the second half. But they couldn't overcome their own mistakes.
With the game tied 14-14 midway through the second quarter, Dodge City's Andrew Casey. who's listed as a linebacker, punted from his own 4-yard line. Kevin Short gathered a short kick in at the Dodge 36, cut to the left sideline and scored with 7:48 on the clock. Mark Whitrock's PAT kick made it a 7-point game.
The Conqs made it to the Fort Scott 15 with just under three minutes to go in the half but linebacker Marceise Jackson sacked Jason Stewart for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-2. Late in the half, Dodge City was unable to capitalize on Deonte Battle's interception as Austin Avelar's 29-yard field-goal attempt drifted wide left with four seconds to go.
The first four possessions of the second half ended with punts. Dodge City missed another opportunity with less than five minutes left in the third as Stewart was stopped on a scramble on fourth down at the Fort Scott 25. The Greyhounds held the ball for 12 plays but couldn't convert their own fourth-down opportunity at the Dodge 31 two plays into the fourth quarter.
On the first play of the ensuing possession, Stewart was picked off by Antonio Carter, who returned it 42 yards to make it 28-14 for Fort Scott with 14:12 to go.
Dodge City had Stewart try a quick kick from the shotgun formation on fourth-and-3 from the Fort Scott 49 on the next drive. But the kick was blocked and Stephan Martin grabbed it out of the air and took it untouched 47 yards for the final score of the game. The PAT kick failed but it was 34-14 with 13:30 to go.
Dodge City drove to the Fort Scott 4 on the next drive. But on third-and-goal from the 4, Justin Taimatuia forced Stewart to fumble. Stewart recovered the ball but lost four yards, then threw an incomplete pass on the next play.
The Conqs decided to throw for the first down on fourth-and-1 from the Fort Scott 10 with about 3 1/2 minutes to go but Kaman Holt intercepted the pass just outside the end zone.
Dodge City rushed for 226 yards on 48 carries and had 498 yards in total offense. Stewart completed 25 of 52 passes for 272 yards and rushed 26 times for 123 yards, even though he isn't especially known for his running. Brian Reed caught 10 passes for 110 yards for Dodge City.
Fort Scott had 17 first downs to 22 for Dodge City. Jordan completed 11 of 24 passes for 175 yards as Terrence Hoskin caught 6 of them for 107 yards. Hagan, who had 59 yards on his first 14 carries, finished with 89 yards on 35 totes.
The scoring started when Hoskin hauled in a 68-yard scoring pass from Jordan just 1:31 into the contest. The lead grew to 14-0 just 3 1/2 minutes later when tight end Zach Gougler reached back and brought in Jordan's pass for a 20-yard score after Jordan was hit on the throw.
Jordan completed his first four passes for 102 yards to four different receivers.
Dodge City got within a touchdown when Jace Banner ran in from 6 yards out with 7:10 left in the first quarter. Banner added 70 yards on 11 carries for the Conqs, who were ranked last in the conference in rushing offense (61 yards per game) and scoring (11.8 points/game) coming into the contest.
Stewart and Reed connected on a 25-yard scoring play just 49 seconds into the second quarter. This was one play after Dodge defensive end Marcus Hardison forced a fumble when he sacked Jordan and linebacker Jeremy Springer recovered.
Fort Scott travels to Garden City Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest that will be key in the battle to gain one of the four spots into the Region VI Playoffs in November. The Broncbusters (1-1, 3-1) defeated Air Force Prep, 47-21, Saturday. They and the Greyhounds are currently tied for the final playoff berth on winning percentage (both are .500 in conference play).
DODGE CITY.............. 7 7 0 0 -- 14
FORT SCOTT.............. 14 7 0 13 -- 34
|Team stats||Dodge City||Fort Scott|
|Punt returns||3-minus 2||5-95|
FS -- Hoskin 68 pass from Jordan (Whitrock kick), 13:29 [4, 83, 1:21]
FS -- Gougler 20 pass from Jordan (Whitrock kick), 10:06 [7, 46, 2:36]
DC -- Banner 6 run (Avelar kick), 7:10 [8, 64, 2:53]
DC -- Reed 25 pass from Stewart (Avelar kick), 14:11 [1, 25, :05]
FS -- Short 36 punt return (Whitrock kick), 7:48
FS -- Carter 42 interception return (Whitrock kick), 14:12
FS -- Martin 47 blocked punt return (kick failed), 13:10
RUSHING: Dodge City -- Stewart 26-123, Banner 11-70, Walls 11-33. Fort Scott -- Hagan 35-89, Cage 5-5, Rooks 1-3, team 1-minus 3, Jordan 6-minus 6.
PASSING: Dodge City -- Stewart 25-52-2-272. Fort Scott -- Jordan 11-24-1-175, Hagan 1-1-0-12.
RECEIVING: Dodge City -- Reed 10-110, Jones 3-50, Banner 3-42, Walls 3-17, Hendricks 3-11, Swonger 1-30, Smith 1-7, Binford 1-5. Fort Scott -- Hoskin 6-107, Ward 2-17, Gougler 1-20, McPhaull 1-15, Patterson 1-15, Gans 1-13.
MISSED FIELD GOALS: Dodge City -- Avelar 29 (WL).