Fort Scott Close Out League Play with High-scoring affair


Fort Scott Close Out League Play with High-scoring affair

The Southeast Kansas league standings coming into week six (6) had (Altamont)-Labette County and Coffeyville-Field Kindley in the top two (2) spots. Coffeyville held that second spot by being the only team other than Labette without a loss, standing at 1-0 in league and 3-2 overall. However, Fort Scott wasn’t that far behind. Also, if rewind to week five (5), you would see the Tigers in that top spot of the SEK, before losing for the second straight season to Labette County (a team that is looking red-hot right now) by a score of 34-7. (Fort Scott had not lost to The Grizzlies since 2010 up until last season).

Flipping to the other side of things, Coffeyville suffered a non-conference loss at the hands of the Galena Bulldogs 28-7. However, their schedule is perfectly designed for them to bounce back both in their league and district. After this week they head into their district which consists of teams all from the league as well. Junior quarterback CJ Kelley surely was aware going into this one that he had his hands full, facing a strong defensive line on the other side of the ball with an All-Stater in senior tackle Andrew Callahan. Another All-Stater Coffeyville would have to stop would be senior linebacker Derek Bollinger.

The first half on Friday night featured seven (7) total scores all coming by way of touchdowns. Fort Scott got their power-running game going early. Just over two minutes into the contest senior All-State tailback Zarek Fewell broke open a (70) seventy-yard run for an early score, this gave his team its first lead of the game. Senior placekicker Juba Foul added the extra-point, making the score 7-0. It didn’t take long for another score to hit the board as a second Tiger back, senior Jessie Lawrence, would punch it in from the (1) one-yard-line to double the Fort Scott lead, after the Foul kick. In the closing minutes of the period, Lawrence’s backfield-mate, Fewell, found himself in the end-zone once more on a (13) thirteen-yard score. Foul would add his third PAT to extend the visiting Tigers’ lead to 21-0. Coffeyville found themselves in a blanking, down three (3) touchdowns. It was at this time when their offense scorched the Tiger run D, with a long run of their own. The ‘Nado’s first score came from junior slotback, Jaylen Logan, whom was swapping with Kelley for the quarterback duties in this one. Logan used his quickness to work his way down the field for a (63) sixty-three yard scamper. The conversion was no-good after the score and the score then stood at 21-6 after one (1).

Jessie Lawrence added touchdown number two (2) early on in the second quarter on another short run which stretched the lead to 28-6. Once again Coffeyville had an answer. With just under six (6) minutes left in the first half, after driving down the field, the ‘Nado pounded it in from four (4) yards out with senior running back Jacob Jackson. Senior Trey Myrie was good on the (2) two-point conversion and the Golden Tornado drew within 28-14. Then, as the half was expiring, senior quarterback Jesse Jones found his junior receiver Tyler Gorman for a (26) twenty-six yard touchdown. A Foul kick would be the last point of the half.

Fewell scored the only points of the third quarter as the Tigers began to run away with the game. He jogged in from one (1) yard out and Fort Scott would then lead 41-14, after the PAT would be no good.

In the final period Lawrence added his third score matching Fewell’s three (3) for the last time that Fort Scott would score after the PAT leaving their lead at 48. Lawrence went into Friday night’s game with only three (3) touchdowns, meaning he matched his season total. Fewell on the other hand came in with thirteen (13), adding three (3) more makes his new total sixteen. He leads the league in total scoring and touchdowns scored.

Logan added a late score for Coffeyville, but Fort Scott held on 48-21. Fort Scott will improve to 4-2 overall. They will enter district play now, which will be a strenuous task for them having to play the Frontier league’s: Louisburg (5-1), Paola (5-1), and a struggling (but traditionally tough) Ottawa team (1-5). The Tigers will return to their home turf, after playing back-to-back away games, to face a (1) one-loss Lousiburg Wildcat team, as they begin the final season of our round-robin qualifying system in classes 2A through 4A-I (of course including 8-man as well).

Coffeyville falls to 1-1 in the league and 3-3 overall. They are in the same 4A-I division as Fort Scott, but for the last two (2) seasons they’ve competed in District Four (4). They will open district play at Chanute who is also 3-3; this game should prove to be a barn burner.