In every sport, sometimes the better team just doesn't win the game. On Saturday, that was the case, when the Fort Scott Greyhounds outplayed the Red Ravens from Coffeyville Community College in every area, but lost 27-20 in their annual Kansas Jayhawk Conference match-up.
Fort Scott Community College controlled the ball 13 more minutes than the Ravens and outgained their conference foe by more than 100 yards in total offense. However, a fluke defensive punt return in the first quarter and a 55-yard pass with more than a minute to play proved to be the deciding factors in the contest.
Coffeyville Community College scored first when FSCC quarterback Nathan Rourke "pooch punted" from the Ravens' 31-yard line on fourth down and long, trying to pin the Red Ravens deep in their own territory. Defensive back Darreon Jackson read the play; he dropped back to field the punt at the five-yard line and raced 95-yards for the first touchdown of the game.
Red Raven quarterback Coleman Key found wide receiver Terry Wright for a 32-yard score with 13:17 left in the first half to put the home team up 14-0. Wright, a 5'10" 180-pound sophomore from Memphis, was credited for more than half of his team's total yards, catching three passes for 140 yards and scoring three touchdowns.
With just more than four minutes left in the first half, FSCC mounted a ten-play, 61-yard drive that ended when Rourke found sophomore wide receiver Sirr Green just over the end zone line for an 18-yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 14-7. Rourke, who threw for 293 yards on 27 completions, was sacked 11 times in the game. On this play, he stepped up in the pocket and threw off the balance to the speedy Green who was able to get away from his man for the score. Fort Scott High School alumni Brody Southwell added the PAT kick.
The Red Ravens didn't let the Greyhound score damper their Homecoming spirits. Key found Wright for his second touchdown, this time from 53-yards out to make the score 20-7 with 2:22 left in the first half. The PAT kick sailed wide right.
After halftime, both defenses seemed to make the right adjustments to hold both teams in check until Rourke found receiver Ke'Von Love in the corner of the end zone for the score to cut the lead to seven (20-13). Love, a tall, lanky 6'4" 210-pound sophomore from Chicago, out-fought the defender to make a nice over-the-head catch on the score. Place kicker Devin Daignault had his extra point try blocked, keeping the seven-point deficit in tacked with one tick of the clock left in the third quarter.
On their next possession, the Greyhounds mounted another drive that stalled at the Coffeyville one-yard line. The Ravens' defense came up big, keeping the 'Hounds out of the end-zone on four consecutive plays from inside the two-yard line. On the Red Ravens' second play on the following drive, FSCC linebacker Dominic Cizauskas stripped the ball away from Raven running back Marcelus Ware at the two-yard line, giving the Greyhounds the ball inside the two with just under twelve minutes in the game.
This time, the Greyhound offense would not be denied when running back Johnnie Hankins ran around the outside to score the touchdown. Daginault added on the PAT kick to tie the score at 20-20 with 11:34 left in the game.
It appeared that the teams were heading to overtime, because both offenses stalled and both defenses buckled down. With 1:39 left in the game, Key found his favorite target for the game—Wright running behind the defense hauling in the touchdown catch from 53-yard line out. The PAT kick made the final score of 27-20.
Fort Scott's final drive stalled when an apparent pass interference was not called, giving the ball back to the Red Ravens with just fifty-one ticks on the clock, ending the Greyhounds' hopes of the victory.
Cizauskas continues his hot play from the linebacker position, tallying seven tackles with two sacks to go along with the forced fumble and fumble recovery.
FSCC's offense accumulated 27 first downs to Coffeyville's 11, while converting 10 of 24 third downs.
Next week, the Greyhounds will travel to Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA, for an unusual Sunday afternoon contest with the Tritons (0-6). Game time is set for 12:00 pm. Tune in to KOMB-FM 103.9 for the radio broadcast. The game will also be streamed live on CitylinkTV.com.