EUDORA — Despite holding the lead on two occasions in the first half, Fort Scott fell to host Eudora, 21-12, in the final game of the regular season here Friday night.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 1-7 on the season going into the Class 4A playoffs. They were tied with Ottawa for 14th in Class 4A East but won the tie-breaker on points. Fort Scott will travel to Chanute on Friday, Nov. 1 for a first-round playoff game with the third-seeded Blue Comets (7-1).
Playing without starting quarterback Brody Bowles due to injury, the Tigers relied on their rushing game, which gave them the lead just over three minutes into the contest as Connor Fess score from 78 yards out. The extra point was unsuccessful.
Eudora (3-5) took the lead in the second quarter when Octavious Lyles scored on an 8-yard run. A successful extra point put the Cardinals up by a point.
Nick Emerson’s 38-yard interception return put Fort Scott ahead again, 12-7, with 45 seconds remaining in the half. Again, the conversion failed.
Zeke Reazin scored on a one-yard run with 3:19 left in the third to put Eudora ahead for good, 14-12. He threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Sloan Hayden with exactly a minute to go in the period.
Eudora finished with 336 yards of total offense, which included 215 rushing yards. Fort Scott finished with 235 total yards, 207 of which came on the ground.
Reazin completed 5 of 14 passes for 99 yards but had two intercepted. Reazin also led Cardinal rushers with 81 yards on 14 carries while Lyles had 63 on 18 totes.
Fess gained 101 yards on 8 rushes for the Tigers while Andrew Reed added 74 yards on 12 carries.
NOTES — Chanute, which won the Southeast Kansas League title by beating Labette County, won the regular-season meeting with Fort Scott, 42-21, on Oct. 11 at Fort Scott’s Frary Field….
This will be just the second time since 2013 that SEK teams have found themselves involved in a playoff rematch. The other time was in 2017 when Fort Scott won the regular-season game at Chanute, 34-7, and the playoff rematch at Frary Field, 50-14….
FORT SCOTT…………. 06 06 00 00 — 12
EUDORA..………….….. 00 07 14 00 — 21
Team stats Fort Scott Eudora
First downs 11 21
Rushes-yards 38-207 47-215
Passing yards 28 121
Total offense 235 336
Passing (com-att-int). 2-14-1 7-16-2
Penalties-yards 5-65 6-55
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1
FS — Fess 78 run (kick failed), 8;59
E — Lyles 8 run (kick successful), 5:12
FS — Emerson 38 interception return (pass failed), :45
E — Reazin 1 run (kick successful), 3:19
E — Hayden 19 pass from Reazin (kick successful), 1:00
RUSHING — Fort Scott: Fess 8-101, Reed 13-74, Stinnett 7-36, Emerson 1-6, Wunderly 9-minus 10. Eudora: Reazin 14-81, Lyles 18-63, Lynch 13-56, Etter 1-9, Evans 1-6.
PASSING — Fort Scott: Wunderly 2-14-1-28. Eudora: Reazin 5-14-2-99, Etter 2-2-0-22.
RECEIVING — Fort Scott: Horton 1-27, Reed 1-1. Eudora: Boucher 2-39, Hayden 2-28, Etter 1-32, Lyles 1-19, Evans 1-3.
(Statistics provided by the Fort Scott coaching staff.)