Eleven members of the Fort Scott Community College football team received spots on the All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference football team in voting held at El Dorado last week. Defensive players earned eight of those places.
Four earned places on the First Team. Three were defensive players: sophomore cornerback Kevin Short, sophomore linebacker Stephan Martin and freshman defensive end William Bland. Also chosen was freshman offensive guard Kareem Are.
Short will leave FSCC as the college's all-time leader in interceptions (10) and the single-season record holder in that department as well (5 in each season at FSCC).
Bland finished second in the conference in sacks with 7 1/2. Martin was fifth with 6 1/2 sacks and led the conference in tackles for a loss (16 1/2).
Two more defensive players made the Second Team: sophomore linebacker Marceise Jackson and freshman defensive end Demetrius Hill, who was third in the conference in tackles for a loss with 15.
Honorable Mention went to four sophomores and a freshman. The sophomores are defensive tackle Justin Tiamatuia, fullback Robert Rooks, tackle Chris Mayer, and safety Austin Fulson. The freshman is safety Antonio Carter.
Garden City head coach Jeff Tatum was named Coach of the Year. Garden City quarterback Nick Marshall is the Offensive Player of the Year and Coffeyville linebacker Martell Spaight is the Defensive Player of the Year.
The complete team can be seen at www.kjccc.org/football/12/2012_All-KJCCC...
Conspicuous in his absence from any mention of the All-KJCCC Football Team is Fort Scott Community College freshman running back Stanley Hagan. He finished the season as the second-leading rusher in the Jayhawk Conference and the third-leading rusher in the nation with 1,232 yards.
The First Team backs are Hutchinson's Terrell Lane and Butler's Dreamius Smith. Lane leads the conference and is second in the nation with 1,537 yards. Smith is averaging 8.8 yards per carry and has scored 17 touchdowns as he goes into whatever bowl game Butler will be playing with 953 yards, fourth in the conference.
One of the Second Team backs is Independence's Cristobal Dinham, he gained 1,025 yards in only eight games.
None of the other four running backs honored finished ahead of Garden City quarterback Nick Marshall in rushing (949 yards, fifth in the KJCCC). One didn't even make the conference's top 15. The 15th-ranked rusher gained a whopping 334 yards this season.
At least Garden's HM running back Jamal Tyler scored 13 touchdowns. But he only gained 639 yards, finishing ninth.