Saturday night's football game in Independence, Kan., between the Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds (1-1 conference, 1-1 overall) and the Independence Community College Pirates (0-1 overall) started out like it was going to be a long, yet exciting night for fans. Both teams put up a combined 39 points in the first 30 minutes of play. After that, both teams' defenses locked down, and both were held scoreless for the next thirty minutes, except for the lone field goal from Greyhound placekicker Brody Southwell that lifted the 'Hounds to victory.
Southwell, a Fort Scott High School alumnus, kicked a field goal from 23 yards out to put the Greyhounds up 22-20 with 11:07 left in Saturday's to give the 'Hounds the lead for good. Southwell connected on field goals from 25, 20, and 23 yards that evening. He has completed three out of five of his field goal attempts this season—one of his attempts was blocked on Saturday night.
Greyhound running back Chris Rivers scored the first seven points of the night, when he scampered around the left side to score from two yards out. Rivers, a six-foot, 205-pound sophomore from Eudora, Kan., rushed for a career high of 102 yards on 13 carries; he scored twice.
Independence took a 14-7 lead after a fumble recovery in the end zone and on a one-yard run by quarterback Joshua Banks. The Greyhounds cut the lead to four when Southwell booted the 25-yard field goal with just over three minutes left in the first quarter.
Southwell cut the lead to one when he connected from 20 yards out with 12:48 left in the first half capping a 12-play, 92-yard drive.
FSCC's next drive saw Rivers bust loose from the line to sprint 34 yards to pay dirt, which gave the Greyhounds a 19-14 advantage with 8:11 left in the second quarter. Southwell's extra point kick sailed wide right; this was his first missed extra point this season.
Banks, a 6'3", 220-pound red-shirt sophomore from Humble, TX, found Parsons High School alumnus Ivory Kelly in the back of the end zone. With just 24 seconds left on the first half clock, he helped the Pirates take back the lead, and the score was 20-19 going into the locker room. Banks completed only seven passes for 113 yards; he was the Pirates' leading rusher with 114 yards scrambling out of the pocket.
The Greyhounds' dark side defensive unit proved too much for the Pirate's offensive unit, shutting them down during a low-scoring second half. FSCC defensive back Elmore Hempstead provided the spark that the defense needed by intercepting two passes and recording five tackles.
With 11:07 left in the game, Southwell went on to kick a 23-yard chip shot that finished the scoring, giving the Greyhounds their first victory of the season.
The Greyhound running game, which has been a mainstay since Coach Curtis Horton came to the Fort, provided the punch that the team needed, rushing for 173 yards on 56 carries. Sophomore Johnnie Hankins contributed with 55 yards on 23 carries to go along with Rivers' output.
Quarterback Nathan Rourke, completed 16 of his 24 passes for 184 yards, even though he was sacked four times. Rourke was intercepted once, but escaped pressure several times during the contest to create and extend plays for his team.
Sophomore wide receiver Ke'Von Love, who sat out of football last season, had his biggest game in his college career, catching four passes for 81 yards.
The defense was led by linebacker Dominic Cizauskas—he had eight tackles and was the force that kept outside runs contained to the inside.
Iowa Western Community College (0-2 overall) visits Fort Scott this Saturday to face the 'Hounds in a 7:00 pm tilt at Frary Field.