Tigers find success in first home game

The Fort Scott Tigers fought and kicked their way to another win Friday evening for their first home game of the season, beating the Spring Hill Broncos 50-14 at the newly renovated Frary Field.

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The Tigers struck quickly and often, scoring their first touchdown after just three plays with just over one minute off the clock. They would go on to score four touchdowns in the first quarter with just 15 plays total and with two interceptions.

Head coach Bob Campbell said all phases of the team played their role well – offensive, defensive and special teams.

“I’m really proud of the guys,” Campbell said after the win. “Overall, I thought it was a good all-around win.”

The Tigers finished the game with almost 450 total yards, four interceptions, and a defense that held the Broncos to just two touchdowns. But a highlight of the game came when senior Brody Southwell kicked a 52-yard field goal to cap the Tigers’ score with just seconds remaining in the third quarter.

“You don’t often see a 52-yard field goal in a high school game,” Campbell said of the kick, which resulted in a celebration on the field for the players though a full quarter remained in the game.

The season continues for Fort Scott Friday with a home game against Pittsburg.

“We made improvements since last week,” Campbell said, adding they will look for more ways to improve.

Played on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, attack, the national anthem was played before the game’s start as the colors were presented by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars. Attendees also participated in a moment of silence and the Fort Scott dance team performed to patriotic music during halftime.

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