Scotties stun No. 4 Grizzlies; Dodge City edges Fort Scott in KJCCC play
By TONY JIMENEZ
Special to The Telegram
Quarterback Brandon Bergeron hit wide receiver Desmond McGee with a 5-yard touchdown pass with only :08 left in the game and unheralded Highland shocked No. 4 NJCAA-ranked and previously-unbeaten Butler, 23-21, in El Dorado to spotlight play in the Jayhawk Community College Conference on Saturday.
In other conference games, Coffeyville buried Independence, 46-7, and Dodge City just got past Fort Scott, 37-36. In a non-conference game, Garden City nipped Air Force Prep, 35-34. Hutchinson had a bye.
Butler (4-1 overall) lost for the first time at home since 2005.
Three minutes into the third quarter, Highland was leading the Grizzlies, 17-0. But Butler got a 1-yard third quarter touchdown from Miles Thomas and a pair of TDs from Chris Carson, the second from four yards out with 8:44 left in the final quarter to go on top, 21-17. Butler fumbled with 3:12 left in the game, and McGee scored to climax the game-winning drive that took 17 plays and went 77 yards.
Bergeron, a 6-2, 200-pound freshman from Lafayette, La., connected on 44-of-57 passes for 294 of Highland's 332 total yards.
It was the first time that Butler turned the ball over more than twice in one game. The Grizzlies had three fumbles (two lost) and two pass interceptions. "And," said Butler coach Troy Morrell, "turnovers in the red zone hurt us. We had a chance to go up by two scores late in fourth quarter, but a fumble (near the Highland 25-yard line) gave them life. We were careless with the football."
Independence couldn't do much at home against a Coffeyville team that has now rung up three consecutive wins. The Red Ravens, who led at the half, 23-0, won despite having seven players out with injuries.
Running back Andre Allen led the winners with TD runs of 3 and 7 yards and 87 rushing yards on 19 carries. The Pirates, meanwhile, had -17 rushing yards and 119 passing yards.
Fort Scott (0-4/0-5) took out its frustrations from a winless season against Dodge City and it almost paid off with a victory in western Kansas.
"The lack of execution in the final 10 minutes hurt us," said Fort Scott assistant coach Kory Vaught. "We were in control all of the game and let it slip through our fingers in the last 10 minutes."