Greyhounds' Offense Struggles; FSCC Falls 26-7 to Iowa Western

Greyhounds' Offense Struggles; FSCC Falls 26-7 to Iowa Western

Iowa Western Community College, a preseason top ten nationally-ranked team in the NJCAA, came into Saturday's game against the Fort Scott Greyhounds looking for their first win of the season. Iowa Western lost their first two games to ranked teams—Hutchison and Arizona Western. After struggling for the first 30 minutes of play, IWCC took advantage of a few 'Hound mistakes to pull away, winning 26-7 in a non-conference game over the Greyhounds.

Fort Scott Community College—1-1 conference and 1-2 overall—held the Reivers to just two points in the first half and were down 2-0 at the half. The 'Hounds could not get the breaks when they needed them to overcome the Reivers.

Quarterback Nathan Rourke had another good outing for the home squad, completing 30 of his 47 attempts for 234 yards. Rourke was sacked 7 times during the evening and threw 4 interceptions, but these statistics aren't able to show how many times he stretched plays out and provided the leadership this young Greyhound team needs.

Wide receiver Chris Claybrooks had a career game on Saturday, hauling in 12 passes for 123 yards and scoring the lone Greyhound touchdown—an 11-yard score late in the third quarter, which cut the lead to 12-7.

The Reivers scored first on a blocked punt that resulted in a safety when the ball rolled out of the end zone, making it 2-0 with 5:30 left in the first quarter. The scored remained there until halfway in the third quarter, when IWCC drove 62 yards on eight plays to tack on a field goal from 35 yards out by kicker Bobby Patterson, making the score an unusual 5-0.

After a three and out by the Greyhounds, the Iowa Western offense seemed to pick up a little, driving down 63 yards on seven plays. They scored when starting quarterback Andre Nunez found his wide receiver Nick Easley wide open to extend the lead to 12-0 with 5:49 left in the third quarter.

The Greyhounds got their up-tempo brand of offense going in their next drive and quickly made it a five-point game. They drove 73 yards in just over 3 minutes when Rourke found Claybrooks in the back of the North end zone for the score. Place kicker Brody Southwell kicked the PAT for the Greyhounds.

After a 'Hound turnover, IWCC wide receiver Anthony Turner found daylight behind the Fort Scott defensive backfield and Nunez hauled in the pass from 30 yards out to make it 19-7 with 14:14 left in the contest.

The Greyhounds could not get in a rhythm after this score. The Reivers' defense intercepted a Rourke pass and returned it 30 yards to cap the scoring to make it a 26-7 final.

FSCC's defense played a bend, don't break ballgame, holding the Reivers offense to six of 19 on third down conversions and making the visitors punt the ball nine times.

Linebacker Dominque Cizauskas had a great game, tallying 14 tackles, and fellow linebacker Cordell Dorsey had 10 takedowns.

Defensive line-mates Jared Goldwire and Reggie Howard each contributed eight tackles, while Howard forced a fumble for the dark side defense.

The Greyhounds will take this Saturday off, and will play a rare Monday Night game against the JV squad from Central Methodist University on September 19. Game time is set for 7:00 pm at Frary Field.