After falling behind 21-0 with only nine minutes in to Saturday's game against the #20 ranked Dodge City Community College Conquistadors, the Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds could have mailed the game in, but that is not how the 2016 Greyhound team works. The 'Hounds fought back and got within a touchdown before halftime, but eventually fell 45-35 in the key KJCCC football game Saturday evening.
Dodge City (6-2 overall) scored on their opening drive when quarterback Caden Walters found wide receiver Douglas Butts for a 30-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 with 12:22 in the first quarter.
On their next drive, the Conqs scored again, this time on an eight-play drive that covered 41 yards. Running back A.J. Walker pounded his way in from 3 yards out to make it 14-0 halfway through the opening stanza.
Fort Scott (3-4 overall) started to drive down field on their next series of downs. Quarterback Nathan Rourke overthrew to his intended receiver and was picked off by defensive back Kereon Merrill who returned the pick 52-yards for the score making it 21-0.
The Greyhounds mounted their comeback on the next drive moving the ball 65 yards resulting in a 38-yard touchdown run by Johnnie Hankins. Hankins got the ball and raced straight through the center of the line untouched to make it 21-7 after the Brody Southwell PAT boot.
FSCC opened the second quarter with a 12-play 72-yard drive that was capped by a Rourke 13-yard scoring run that seemed to get the Greyhound crowd back into the game making the score 21-14; again Southwell added the PAT kick.
Butts, a 5'10", 170-pound sophomore from Norfolk, Va., silenced the crowd when he took Southwell's deep kick off and raced 98 yards to extend the Dodge City lead to 28-14 with 11:31 left in the first half.
Rourke, who completed 26 passes on 38 attempts found Sirr Green from 9 yards out with 2:17 left in the first half to cut the lead back to 7 and it appeared the second half was going to be a "who is going to get the ball last" finish, but Dodge City had other ideas.
After a Conquistador touchdown run from 4 yards out made it 35-21, Greyhound running back Harry Trotter raced in from 18 yards out to cut the lead back to seven. That would the closest the home team would be able to get before Dodge City added a late third quarter touchdown pass from Walters to running back Rodney Murphy and a field goal extending the lead to 45-28.
Rourke did find wide receiver Fred Daughtry for a 29-yard touchdown with 4:42 left to play but it was too little too late as the Greyhounds fall to the now #12 NJCAA-ranked Conqs, 45-35.
The Greyhounds had several great performances Saturday against the Conquistadors:
Rourke threw for 256 yards with two touchdowns. He races towards the FSCC single season record book in those two categories; at this pace, he will more than likely be in the top 5 for both of these statistics.
Wide receiver Fred Daughtry had a career game for the Greyhounds catching 15 passes for 187 yards and scored once.
Southwell, a Fort Scott High School alum, averaged 47 yards per punt on his six punts for the evening. He also completed a perfect 5 for 5 of PAT kicks.
Defensive lineman Jared Goldwire had his best game as a 'Hound, recording 12 tackles with two takedowns behind the line of scrimmage.
Linebacker Dominic Cizauskas continues to dominate on the defensive side of the football leading the "Dark Side" defensive unit with 15 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Next week, the Greyhounds will be on the road to Iowa Falls, IA as they face the Ellsworth Community College Panthers (4-3 overall). The Panthers are riding a three-game winning streak after beating Hutchinson 23-20 last weekend in Iowa. Game time is set for 1:00pm.
KOMB 103.9FM will broadcast the game live and will have live streaming on CityLinkTV.com.