Note: Updated Sunday evening with stats courtesy of the FSHS coaching staff.
COFFEYVILLE — Fort Scott High School fought off Coffeyville-Field Kindley Friday night, scoring 26 unanswered points to take a season-opening 40-14 victory in Southeast Kansas League play.
This was the first game as head coach for Fort Scott’s Bo Graham — who played on the Tigers’ 2000 Class 4A State champion football team — after spending many years as an assistant for both Bob Campbell and Don Epps.
The Golden Tornado tied the game 14-14 by scoring twice in a 3 1/2-minute period of the third quarter. But Andrew Reed hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Brody Bowles with 15 seconds remaining the period to give the Tigers the lead. The 2-point conversion failed, so it remained 20-14.
C.J. Horton returned an interception 63 yards early in the fourth to extend the lead to 26-14. Six minutes later, Bowles found Miles Bowman from 4 yards out to make it 32-14 with 4:46 to go.
Nick Emerson returned another interception 37 yards with 3:32 remaining. Bowles found Horton for the 2-point conversion to cap the scoring at 40-14.
Jamar Franks led the Tigers (1-0) with 112 yards rushing on 12 carries and also returned the game-opening kickoff 81 yards to make it 6-0.
Reed scored on a 1-yard run with 9:35 on the clock in the second quarter with Bowles finding Horton on the 2-point conversion to make it 14-0.
Coffeyville (0-1) rallied with two long scoring runs by Darrell Jones. His 53-yarder with 9:39 to go put the Golden Tornado on the scoreboard while his 26 yarder tied the score with 5:58 remaining. A Coffeyville interception set up the first score while the second touchdown came one play after the Tigers were unable to gain a first down on a fake punt.
Each team’s defense forced four turnovers as both intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble.
The Tigers rushed for 224 yards as Connor Fess added 78 yards on 13 carries. Bowles completed 7 of 18 passes for 54 yards with Horton hauling in 4 of them for 39 yards.
Coffeyville rushed for 223 of its 328 total yards but suffered from the four turnovers as well as eight penalties, all of which were called against the Nado offense. Jones led the Golden Tornado with 105 yards on just 8 carries.
Fort Scott hosts Paola in its home opener next week. Paola defeated Bonner Springs, 48-21, in its season opener.
NOTES — This was the Tigers’ sixth consecutive win over Field Kindley and their ninth straight in a season-opener….
Fort Scott…….. 06 08 06 20 — 40
Field Kindley… 00 00 14 00 — 14
FS — Franks 81 kickoff return (kick failed), 11:40
FS — Reed 1 run (Horton pass from Bowles), 9:35
CFK — Jones 53 run (kick successful), 9:39
CFK — Jones 26 run (kick successful), 5:58
FS — Reed 5 pass from Bowles (pass failed), :15
FS — Horton 63 interception return (pass failed), 10:49
FS — Bowman 4 pass from Bowles (pass failed), 4:46
FS — Emerson 37 interception return (Horton pass from Bowles), 3:32