Labette County Silences All Critics In Shellacking Of Fort Scott

ALTAMONT- Move over Fort Scott! There’s a new number 1 in town! The Labette County Grizzlies absolutely PUT DOWN THE HAMMER at home in a HUGE statement win over the “presumed” #1 team in the SEK  League. Fort Scott was largely favored coming into the week, even though both teams hoisted a 3-1 overall record on the season. The final score was 34-7!

I caught up with Coach Sean Price of Labette County after the game for his input on the outcome.  “All we heard this week was how good and how physical their line was on both sides of the ball. We absolutely shut them down and that feels amazing! Our defense played lights out and our offense played like we knew they could from the second quarter on. It was an absolutely great team win and our guys played like men tonight!”, said Price. That statement couldn’t have been more accurate. The defense was stout all night long as they held Fort Scott tailback, Zarek Fewell to a dismal performance. Fewell did score the Tigers’ only score on the night as he followed his blocks down the right sideline for a 40 yard score in the middle of the 3rd quarter.  The largest reason for the victory would be the four takeaways forced by the Grizzlies D, which included interceptions by KeShaun Anderson, Caleb Hentzen and Ethan Jameson, as well as a fumble recovery by Braden Baker. The defensive unit played as such Friday night as several Grizzlies stepped up big time! Those players include Tate Phillips, Caleb Hentzen, Zach McCarty, Quiency Jones, Shelby Howard, Caleb Haggard, Rogan Bruce, Ethan Jameson and Braden Baker. Every one of these boys played their positions perfectly all night long and it showed up on the scoreboard at the end of the game. Kudos to all of them!

On the offensive side of the ball it was a balanced attack much of the night as they put up just under 400 yards of total offense, with 219 on the ground and 168 coming through the air. Junior Quarterback Easton Dean accounted for 272 total yards as he completed 12-19 passing for 168 yards with a score and one interception. That interception was just his second of the season. Dean also rushed for 104 yards on 9 attempts for 2 scores. After the game I caught up with Easton and he said “I’m proud of the way we played tonight. We played like a team and we stuck together even when they had a chance to switch the momentum. We didn’t let the game get out of hand. This was a team win no doubt.” Senior running back T.J Mayhue was solid as usual as he carried the ball 19 times for a total of 67 yards and 2 scores. KeShaun Anderson also received 5 carries for 48 yards. On the receiving side of the stat line, 6 total Grizzlies recorded catches. Tanner Russell had 2 grabs for 29 yards, Owyn Back tallied 3 catches (Including a fantastic sideline grab) for 59 yards, Kale Irwin finished with 2 catches for 15 yards and the lone receiving touchdown of the night, Josh Walters recorded one catch for 6 yards, T.J Mayhue pulled in 3 snags for 32 yards and Riley Sorrell recorded the final catch which went for 9 yards.

Fort Scott drops to 3-2 on the season overall and 3-1 in league action. The Tigers will travel to Coffeyville next week in hopes to bounce back against a very beatable 3-2 Golden Tornado squad.

Labette County improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league play on the year. The Grizzlies will look to keep things rolling with potential vengeance in store, as they travel to Frontenac who beat them last year 43-0 in Altamont. The Raiders currently hold a 3-2 record.


Photo Credit to Tre’Vaughn Mayhue