Late rally falls short for football

By Cassidy Crites

Staff writer

The Hutchinson Community College football team fell to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Jayhawk Conference after losing to Fort Scott on Saturday.

Trying to overcome a 19-point deficit with 10:34 to go in the game, the Blue Dragons scored two quick touchdowns to cut the difference. Hutch had one more attempt at a game winning drive, but were unable to get the first down. Fort Scott went on to upset the No. 20 Blue Dragons 29-24 at Gowans Stadium.

The Blue Dragons fall for the third straight conference game, while Fort Scott improves to 4-5 on the season and 2-4 in the conference.

The Blue Dragon offense finally started to come alive after Fort Scott took a 29-10 lead with 10:34 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Marcus Edwards returned a kickoff 31 yards to the Hutch 47. From there Hutchinson tallied six more points on eight plays including a 4-yard touchdown pass from Eric Forrest to Jaylen Erwin. Kicking in the extra point pulled the Blue Dragons within twelve points at the 6:47 minute mark to play.

The Greyhounds next drive ended shortly, finding themselves at a 41-yard field goal attempt. Blue Dragon Quen Head blocked the field goal and Jerry Jacobs returned the ball to the Fort Scott 21. The next play resulted in six more points for the Blue Dragons when Forrest found Tavian Allen for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 29-24 with 3:09 to go.

Needing a defensive stop, the Blue Dragons came through, getting the ball at their own 13 with 1:41 left to play. However, the Blue Dragons were unable to get the first down.

In hopes of a comeback, Hutch needed a big fourth quarter after allowing the Greyhounds to overcome the halftime deficit scoring 15 points in the third quarter.

A bad snap recovered by Forrest in the end zone resulted in a Greyhound safety, leaving Hutch’s lead to only 10-9. Fort Scott took the free kick and scored in two plays for 57 yards. Missing the two-point conversion, the Greyhounds took the lead at 15-10 with 10:27 left in the third quarter.

Fort Scott expanded the lead after scoring off of an interception with 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

One more interception lead to another Greyhound touchdown, leaving the score 29-10 before the Blue Dragons went on their fourth quarter rally.

The Blue Dragons had 218 passing yards and only 82 rushing yards. Fort Scott totaled 276 passing yards and 26 rushing yards.

The Blue Dragons wrap up regular season at Dodge City next Saturday to face the Conquistadors at 1 p.m.

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