BOLIVAR, Mo. — Undefeated Bolivar gained 560 yards in total offense here Friday night in taking a 52-0 victory over Fort Scott that sent the Tigers to their sixth consecutive loss.
Fort Scott (1-6) concludes regular-season play at Eudora Friday, Oct. 25. The Cardinals (2-5) lost to unbeaten Paola, 56-3. The game will be important for both teams as they look for the best possible first-round playoff match-up they can get.
The Tigers, with a minus-42 point total in the tie-breaker system, are in 14th place in Class 4A East while Ottawa, also 1-6, is at minus-66. Baldwin is in last place at 0-7, minus-90.
Eudora has a minus-31 point total, putting the Cardinals in 12th place. With them at 2-5 are Atchison at minus-42. If the Tigers win by enough points and Atchison loses to Kansas City-Sumner by enough, Fort Scott could end up in 12th.
The Tigers trailed Bolivar after one period, 24-0. Eathen Dinwiddie, who rushed for 245 yards, scored first on a 37-yard run with 10:45 left in the opening quarter. Later, Blake Hancock caught two touchdown passes from Hayden Burks. The first was from 15 yards out while the second was a 47-yard strike. Alex Maldanado’s 44-yard field goal capped the scoring.
Burks hit Hancock for a third time and Dinwiddie scored on a 28-yard run in the second quarter, making it 38-0 at the half.
Dinwiddie wrapped up his night with a 7-yard scoring run with 10:20 left in the third to make it 45-0. Reserve back Darrin Fugitt scored from 5 yards out with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third to cap the scoring.
Burks completed 8 of 12 passes for 177 yards. Hancock caught 4 of them for 104 yards.
Fort Scott’s rushing leader was Connor Fess with 56 yards on 10 carries. Brody Bowles completed 6 of 21 passes for 49 yards.
The Tigers finished with 114 yards of total offense.