(Kenny Felt/Special to the Herald-Tribune)
The same storm system that delayed the start of the Chanute-at-Iola game twice and then knocked out power to Iola's stadium and forced Fort Scott High's girls' tennis team to return home after the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament was suspended only arrived soon enough to stop the game. It was too late to help Anderson County stop the Tigers in a 48-6 rout.
It's the third time in about 20 years that severe weather has affected a Tiger game. The last one was in September of 2001, when a home game against Independence was suspended just before halftime and completed the next day. Fort Scott won that one 21-14.
The last one that was stopped and called early came in September 1993, when a game at Caney Valley was halted in the third quarter with the Tigers ahead 41-6.
Neither force of nature nor Anderson County's defense was capable of stopping the Tigers on this night. Fort Scott (7-0) scored on four of its first five possessions. Marques Floyd followed his offensive linemen through big holes, then made cuts for big gains. The first play of the game, a 16-yard run with Ackland Milton out front was an indication of how things were going to go.
Three plays later, Floyd took a pitch to the right side, cut left and ran in for a 40-yard touchdown with less than two minutes gone in the contest. Jonathan Allen kicked the extra point.
The defense forced a punt and Fort Scott took over at the Anderson County 46. But a chop block on the second play of the drive wiped out a big play on a Johnathan Stark keeper. But Floyd got that back and then some as he gained 43 yards on the next play to get the ball to the 7-yard line. That carry was just Floyd's fourth but it put him over 100 yards about five minutes into the contest.
Three plays after, Victor Hughes scored on a 1-yard run to make it 14-0 with 6:06 left in the first.
The defense forced another punt and Fort Scott got the ball at its own 38. A procedure penalty before the first snap moved the ball back 5 yards but Stark unleashed a bomb to wide-open tight end Straton Hunziker for a 67-yard play that made it 21-0 with 4:07 left in the quarter.
Another punt, another score. This took a little longer, eight plays, but ended in Jacob Durossette's 10-yard TD run with 8:14 left in the first half.
Stark intercepted his Bulldog counterpart, Jack Rickabaugh, on the second play of the ensuing drive. The Tigers drove the ball but made their only glaring mistake of the night when Floyd lost a fumble at the end of a 9-yard pass play and Anderson County recovered.
Again, however, the defense forced a punt. And Stark connected with Jash Pytlowany on a slip screen that became a 49-yard scoring play with 1:20 left in the half.
Fort Scott's halftime numbers equaled what a lot of teams would like to have in a game. The Tigers already had 328 total yards and Floyd had 159 of those on the ground. Meanwhile, Anderson County (3-4) was held to 64 total yards by the Fort Scott defense.
Anderson County received the second-half kickoff but went three and out. A shanked punt have Fort Scott the ball at the Bulldogs' 35 and Floyd scored his 11th touchdown of the season on a 4-yard run with 8:37 on the clock.
Fort Scott's final score was set up when J.T. Heckman forced Anderson County's Steve Dial to fumble on a running play and Jacob Cross was credited with the recovery. The backups and junior varsity took over and ran a 12-play drive that ate up over 6 1/2 minutes before Chase Brown scored on a 1-yard run with 11:49 left in the fourth quarter.
Anderson County's only score came on a 4-yard run by Joey Read with 6:34 left in the game. Shortly after the failed 2-point conversion run, the officials and game administrators discussed the deteriorating weather situation and decided to end the contest.
Floyd finished the game with 164 yards rushing on 12 carries. In his last four games, since recovering from an ankle injury, he has rushed for 422 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Stark recorded his third 100-yard passing game as a starter as he completed 5 of 9 passes for 151 yards. Hunziker caught two passes for 74 yards.
Fort Scott finished with 305 rushing yards and 456 total yards. Anderson County finished with 132 rushing yards and 153 total but 76 of those yards came on its lone scoring drive.
The Tigers will continue district play next Friday at Iola.
ANDERSON CO.... 0 0 0 6 -- 6
FORT SCOTT.. 21 14 7 6 -- 48
|Team stats||ACHS||Fort Scott|
FS -- Floyd 40 run (J.Allen kick), 10:12 [4, 62, 1:47]
FS -- V.Hughes 1 run (J.Allen kick), 6:06 [5, 46, 2:16]
FS -- Hunziker 67 pass from Stark (J.Allen kick), 4:07 [1, 62, :11]
FS -- Durossette 5 run (J.Allen kick), 8:14 [8, 77, 3:57]
FS -- Pytlowany 49 pass from Stark (J.Allen kick), 1:20 [4, 72, 1:20]
FS -- Floyd 4 run (J.Allen kick), 8:37 [5, 35, 2:15]
FS -- Brown 1 run (kick failed), 11:49 [12, 49, 6:42]
AC -- Read 4 run (run failed), 6:34 [5, 76, 2:49]
RUSHING: Anderson County -- Read 3-57, Gilbreth 7-50, Rickabaugh 6-27, Hedges 3-6, Koch 1-4, Dial 1-3, Hilliard 2-minus 5, team 1-minus 7. Fort Scott -- Floyd 12-164, V.Hughes 8-68, Stark 6-24, Doherty 5-21, Brown 6-15, Durossette 2-10, Thurston 1-3.
PASSING: Anderson County -- Rickabaugh 4-12-1-21. Fort Scott -- Stark 5-9-0-151.
RECEIVING: Anderson County -- Dial 3-22, Gilbreth 1-minus 1. Fort Scott -- Hunziker 2-74, Pytlowany 1-49, Fink 1-19, Floys 1-9.
MISSED FIELD GOALS: None.