'Hounds rally to beat Ellsworth
ELLSWORTH, Iowa -- Fort Scott Community College's football team rallied from 6 points down with just over 12 minutes to go, scoring twice in the final 1:49, to take a 34-29 victory over Ellsworth here Saturday.
The win continues the Greyhounds' pattern of not winning or losing consecutive games this season.
It was the first time Fort Scott (4-4) has beaten Ellsworth in school history. The Panthers had won the first four meetings in this series, the first two of which were bowl games in 1968 and 1990.
Ellsworth (4-4) led 10-0 after 19 minutes. Justin Wright made a 29-yard field goal with 3:42 left in the first quarter. Wide receiver Kameron Maye threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Jamarius Way early in the second.
Fort Scott scored three consecutive touchdowns. Quarterback Nathan Rourke threw for the first two of them, connecting with Edward Aldred from 5 yards out with 8:23 left in the half and with Fred Daughtry from 8 yards away with 3:58 remaining.
Dominic Cizauskas returned an Ellsworth fumble 16 yards with 3:45 left in the half extend the Greyhounds' lead to 21-10.
Quarterback Lamont Toney found Way from 4 yards out with 17 seconds left in the half and then hit him again from 9 yards out for the only score of the third quarter to put the Panthers back in front, 24-21. Wright's 37-yard field goal with 12:17 remaining in the game extended the Panthers' lead to 6 points.
Rourke ran in from 16 yards out with 1:49 remaining for Fort Scott with Brody Southwell's extra point putting the 'Hounds back in front, 28-27. Just 29 seconds later, Cizauskas returned another fumble to the house to make it an 7-point game. Ellsworth blocked the extra point and returned it for a 2-point defensive conversion.
Rourke completed 19 of 36 passes for 233 yards for Fort Scott, his sixth 200-yard passing game of the season. That ties for the most 200-yard passing games in a single season by a Greyhound in the past 20 seasons with Bob Pesavento, who did the same in 1999. Greg Cross is the only 'Hound who has thrown for 200 yards more in a career, doing it 7 times in 2006-07.
Fort Scott managed only 92 rushing yards on 37 carries, an average of 2.5 yards per carry. Rourke was the leader with 52 yards on 11 carries.
Ke'Von Love caught 6 passes for 77 yards while Sirr Green also caught 6 balls for 37 yards. Aldred hauled in 5 passes for 93 yards.
Toney completed 160 of 40 passes for Ellsworth for 221 yards. Way caught 8 of them for 144 yards. Ethan Barnett rushed for 107 yards on 20 carries for the Panthers.
There were 48 first downs in the game, 25 by Fort Scott. Ellsworth had 411 yards of total offense while the Greyhounds finished with 325.
Cizauskas had 19 tackles for the 'Hounds, 11 of them unassisted. Marcus Goree had 9 tackles. Reggie Howard recorded 2 1/2 sacks for 11 yards in losses.
The Greyhounds will be back home Saturday when Highland (5-3), which received votes in the national poll this week, visits Frary Field for a 7 p.m. Jayhawk Conference battle. Fort Scott will be looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since weeks eight and nine of the 2014 season.
FORT SCOTT.. 0 21 0 13 -- 34
ELLSWORTH.. 3 14 7 5 -- 29
|Team stats||Fort Scott||Ellsw'th|
E -- FG Wright 29, 3:42
E -- Way 34 pass from Maye (Wright kick), 11:08
FS -- Aldred 5 pass from Rourke (Southwell kick), 8:23
FS -- Daughtry 8 pass from Rourke (Southwell kick), 3:58
FS -- Cizauskas 16 fumble return (Southwell kick), 3:45
E -- Way 4 pass from Toney (Wright kick), :17
E -- Way 9 pass from Toney (Wright kick), 5:58
E -- FG Wright 37, 12:17
FS -- Rourke 16 run (Southwell kick), 1:49
FS -- Cizauskas 24 fumble return (kick blocked), 1:20
E -- Defensive conversion, return of blocked extra point, 1:20
RUSHING: Fort Scott -- Rourke 11-52, Trotter 12-24, Hankins 12-18, team 2-minus 2. Ellsworth -- Barnett 20-107, Roberson 7-27, Toney 19-21.
PASSING: Fort Scott -- Rourke 19-36-1-233. Ellsworth -- Toney 16-40-1-221, Maye 1-1-0-35.
RECEIVING: Fort Scott -- Love 6-77, Green 6-37, Aldred 5-93, Daughtry 2-26. Ellsworth -- Way 8-144, Petit-Frere 4-83, Maye 2-10, Rooney 1-15, Buehl 1-7, Roberson 1-minus 3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS: Fort Scott -- Southwell.