The biggest win of the KJCCC’s weekend was in El Dorado, where the Garden City Broncbusters knocked off No. 12 Butler, 36-30. But there was a close second in Dodge City, where Independence remained unbeaten in conference play by rallying for a touchdown in the final minute to beat the Conqs.
No. 12 Independence 32, Dodge City 28
In Dodge City, the Pirates trailed 28-26 when they got the ball back with 2:21 left in the game at Memorial Stadium. Seven plays and 55 yards later, the Pirates were in the end zone, handing the Conqs their second consecutive loss.
Independence improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference, tied for first place in the KJCCC with Hutchinson.
Rakeem Boyd rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries for the Pirates, with usual top running back Jamal Scott receiving just four carries — reason unknown. The Conqs ran for 261 yards, but threw for just 64 as Indy out-gained them, 407-358.
Fort Scott 26, Coffeyville 16
In Fort Scott, first-year year Greyhounds head coach Kale Pick picked up his first win in a strange game where both teams used unorthodox players at quarterback. According to the Fort Scott Tribune, Coffeyville used defensive lineman Aaron Ortiz at quarterback for much of the game, and Fort Scott had a wide receiver (Garrett Sharp) at QB, at times.
The result was the Greyhounds’ win, holding off a Coffeyville rally after the Red Ravens trailed 20-0 in the second quarter and 23-3 at halftime. Coffeyville also ran the wildcat during the game, and had just 255 offensive yards.
Fort Scott’s usual quarterback, Dalton Sneed, went 23-of-37 passing for 230 yards. He also ran for 99 yards on 18 carries.
Fort Scott improved to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the KJCCC, while Coffeyville is 1-4 and 1-2.
No. 20 Hutchinson 42, Iowa Central 14
In Hutchinson, the Blue Dragons overcame a bit of a slow start against the hapless Tritons to roll to a 42-14 win. The Dragons had just 377 offensive yards despite the Tritons allowing more than 400 on average coming into Saturday.
The Dragons were without starting quarterback Cam Jones. Eric Forrest and Chris James split the duties under center. Forrest was 8 of 12 for 165 yards, three touchdowns and a pick. James was 2 of 6 for 19 yards.
Independence was held to 279 yards.
Hutchinson improved to 5-1 overall, while Iowa Central remained winless at 0-6.
Note: Highland and Iowa Western were idle this week, while Ellsworth, Iowa, defeated College of DuPage, 19-14.