INDEPENDENCE -- Fort Scott Community College's football team kept its slight chance of making the Region VI Playoffs alive by whipping Independence, 54-17, in Jayhawk Conference play here Saturday night.
The Greyhounds are 3-3 in the conference and 3-4 overall. They are currently ahead of Garden City for the fourth and final playoff spot. However, the Broncbusters (2-2, 4-2) have two more conference games to play than the 'Hounds, who only have a home game against Hutchinson remaining on Oct. 20.
Because the Busters hold the tie-breaker by virtue of a victory over the 'Hounds on Sept. 29, Fort Scott needs to finish a game ahead of Garden City to qualify for the playoffs. The Busters, who were blasted 84-13 at No. 2 Butler Saturday night, have conference games remaining Saturday at Highland, Oct. 20 versus Dodge City and Oct. 27 versus Coffeyville.
Fort Scott has this weekend off.
Quarterback Owen Jordan had another high-output performance as he completed 19 of 33 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns in the victory over Independence. The personal high was the fourth-best recorded by a Greyhound in the past 15 seasons and the most since Scott Lipovac threw for 345 yards in a loss to Dodge City in 2004.
The only better performances than Jordan's since 1996 -- all of which came against Highland -- were a 465-yard game by Bill Whittemore in a win in 2001, a 408-yard effort by Bob Pesavento in a 1999 victory and a 356-yard day for Willie Marshall in a 2005 loss.
Fort Scott's 54 points were the most for the Greyhounds since scoring the same total in a 1999 game against the Culver-Stockton junior varsity and a 2003 game against Independence.
The first quarter was scoreless but Jordan got the 'Hounds on the board with a 55-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Hoskin less than five minutes into the second. Mark Whitrock kicked a 22-yard field goal with 7:28 to go to make it 10-0. Jordan hit Hoskin on a 3-yard pass 48 seconds before the half.
A 19-yard touchdown pass from Jordan to Courtney Ward with 12:42 on the clock in the third extended Fort Scott's lead to 24-0. Independence (1-4, 3-4) got on the board via its defense when the Pirates held running back Stanley Hagan in his own end zone with 7:08 on the clock.
Indy quarterback Kaylon Cooper kept the ball for a 7-yard touchdown run and the 2-point conversion to bring the Pirates within 24-10 after three.
Jordan found Robert Rooks for a 7-yard score with 12:56 on the clock in the fourth. Cooper struck back quickly, hitting Freeman Dozier on a 77-yard scoring play with 12:38 left. That was Indy's last score, bringing the Pirates within 31-17.
Fort Scott scored the game's final 23 points without a response. Charlie Ellis scored on a 2-yard run with 12: 02 to go. Hagan scored on another 2-yard run with 8:38 to go with Whitrock missing the extra point. However, Whitrock kicked his second field goal of the night, this one a 27-yarder with 4:42 to go to make it 47-17.
The final score came on a 7-yard run by Woodley Fenelon with 33 seconds left in the contest.
Hagan became the Jayhawk Conference's first 1,000-yard rusher of the season with a 24-carry, 168-yard performance. He isn't considered the conference leader yet because his total of 1,010 yards is over seven games for an average of 144.3 yards per game. Leader Terrell Lane of Hutchinson has gained 976 yards in six games, giving him an average of 162.7.
Griffin Gans was Fort Scott's leading receiver with 123 yards on just 4 catches. Ward had 59 yards on 4 receptions while Hoskin had 66 yards and 2 TDs on 3 catches.
FORT SCOTT.... 0 17 7 30 -- 54
INDEPENDENCE.... 0 0 10 7 -- 17
|Team stats||Fort Scott||Indy|
FS -- Hoskin 55 pass from Jordan (Whitrock kick), 10:04
FS -- FG Whitrock 22, 7:28
FS -- Hoskin 3 pass from Jordan (Whitrock kick), :48
FS -- Ward 18 pass from Jordan (Whitrock kick), 12:42
In -- Safety, Hagan tackled in own end zone, 7:08
In -- Cooper 7 run (Cooper run), 2:37
FS -- Rooks 7 pass from Jordan (Whitrock kick), 12:56
In -- Dozier 77 pass from Cooper (Heide kick), 12:38
FS -- Ellis 2 run (Whitrock kick), 12:02
FS -- Hagan 2 run (kick failed), 8;28
FS -- FG Whitrock 27, 4:42
FS -- Fenelon 7 run (Whitrock kick), :33
RUSHING: Fort Scott -- Hagan 24-168, Fenelon 5-41, Cage 12-41, Hoskin 1-25, Rooks 1-4, Ellis 1-2, Jordan 3-minus 7. Independence -- Cooper 18-60, Taylor 9-26, Dinham 12-20.
PASSING: Fort Scott -- Jordan 19-33-0-351. Independence -- Cooper 8-30-1-170.
RECEIVING: Fort Scott -- Gans 4-123, Ward 4-59, Hoskin 3-66, Hagan 3-36, Fondren 1-39, Gougler 1-19, Rooks 1-7, Cage 1-7, Fenelon 1-minus 5. Independence -- McKissack 5-40, Clark 2-53, Dozier 1-77.
MISSED FIELD GOALS: Fort Scott -- Whitrock 25.