IOLA, Kan. -- Iola did its best to keep fifth-ranked Fort Scott High School within striking distance at Riverside Park here Friday night, managing to go on several long offensive drives. But the Tigers kept the Mustangs out of the end zone on most of them and hung on for a 34-7 victory on the strength of a three-touchdown first quarter.
Fort Scott will face Chanute Thursday night in the final game of Class 4A, District 6 play at Frary Field. A Tiger victory gives Fort Scott the Southeast Kansas League title outright, the District championship, and the opportunity to host a Class 4A Bi-District Playoff Game on Oct. 30. A Blue Comet victory forces the Tigers to share the SEK crown with Pittsburg and to go on the road for the Bi-District round.
Chanute defeated Anderson County 70-12 Friday night to improve to 2-0 in the district and 5-3 overall.
The Tigers (2-0, 8-0) scored on the game's opening possession, driving 83 yards in eight plays. Marques Floyd made the first of three visits to the end zone on a 6-yard run with 8:46 on the clock. The extra-point kick was no good.
After an Iola punt, the Tigers got their second score on a 1-yard run by Jacob Durossette. Floyd ran in for a 2-point conversion to make it 14-0 with 3:48 to go in the first quarter.
Floyd set up the next score by returning a punt 49 yards to the Iola 16. On the next play, Victor Hughes scored to make it 20-0 after the PAT kick hit an upright. This was with 1:33 left in the opening quarter.
Iola held the ball for 11 plays following the kickoff before punting again. But Floyd muffed the punt and Iola recovered on the Tigers' 11-yard line. Fort Scott's held strong, forcing a fumble on a fourth-down play that was recovered by A.J. Cezar.
Shortly after, the Mustangs (0-2, 5-3) recovered a fumble at their own 17-yard line. They drove 73 yards in 19 plays only for the drive to end when Floyd intercepted a Mason Coons pass in the end zone with 23 seconds remaining in the half.
Iola got the ball first to start the second half and finally got on the board at the end of a 12-play, 79-yard drive with 6:56 on the clock. Running back John Whitworth drove in from 5 yards out.
Fort Scott answered right back with a 13-play, 63-yard drive that saw Floyd run 20 yards for his second score with 1:05 left in the quarter. Chris Allen caught a 2-point conversion pass from Johnathan Stark to make it 28-0.
The Tigers only had to go 37 yards for their final score after a 5-yard Iola punt. Floyd went the last nine yards with 9:32 left in the fourth for his 14th touchdown of the season.
Fort Scott finished the game with 388 total yards to Iola's 258. The Tigers ran for 317 yards on 47 rushes while holding the Mustangs to 148 yards on 49 attempts.
Individually, Floyd ran for 132 yards on 15 carries and Hughes added 115 yards on 15 rushes. Stark completed 5 of 9 passes for 71 yards, with 3 of those going to Jash Pytlowany for 31 yards.
While Fort Scott and Chanute battle for playoff position Thursday night, Iola and Anderson County (0-2, 3-5) will face off in Garnett to close out their seasons as only the top two teams in the district advance to the playoffs.
FORT SCOTT........ 20 0 8 6 -- 34
IOLA........ 0 0 7 0 -- 7
|Team stats||Fort Scott||Iola|
FS -- Floyd 6 run (kick failed), 8:46 [8, 83]
FS -- Durossette 1 run (Floyd run), 3:48 [8, 55]
FS -- V.Hughes 16 run (kick failed), 1:33 [1, 16]
Io -- Whitworth 5 run (kick successful), 6:56 [12, 79]
FS -- Floyd 20 run (C.Allen pass from Stark), 1:05 [13, 63]
FS -- Floyd 9 run (kick failed), 9:32 [6, 37]
RUSHING -- Fort Scott: Floyd 15-132, V.Hughes 15-115, Digherty 3-21, Durossette 3-17, Brown 4-16, Stark 5-15, Thurston 1-2, Knopp 1-minus 1. Iola -- Whitworth 19-71, Rhoads 7-25, Coons 9-24, Jauth 4-23, Macha 4-16, McIntosh 5-minus 1, Morrison 1-minus 10.
PASSING -- Fort Scott: Stark 5-9-0-71. Iola -- Coons 6-18-1-102, McIntosh 1-1-0-8, Whitworth 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING -- Fort Scott: Pytlowany 3-31, C.Allen 1-21, V.Hughes 1-19. Iola -- Kauth 3-63, Rhoads 2-24, Macha 1-14, Zimmerman 1-9.
MISSED FIELD GOALS -- None.