The opening week of the KJCCC football season came to a close Sunday, when Butler was upset on the road by Iowa Central, 26-16, and a second upset was narrowly avoided as Highland came back to beat Fort Scott, 29-28, at home.
Iowa Central 26, No. 13 Butler 16
In their 2017 season finale, the Iowa Central Tritons ended a 25-game losing streak that spanned three seasons by stunning Butler, 7-0, in El Dorado. On Saturday, the Tritons made it a winning streak, taking advantage of five Grizzlies’ turnovers to pull off another stunner.
The 13th-ranked Grizzlies’ five turnovers all came in the second half, after leading 10-9 at the break. And Iowa Central field goal made it 12-10, and then upped it to 19-10 on a mishandled punt snap turned into a broken play, and an interception and return touchdown for the Tritons.
Butler also had 14 penalties for 125 yards, negating their 335-256 offensive yardage advantage over Iowa Central.
Highland 29, Fort Scott 28
The revamped Fort Scott Greyhounds went into the fourth quarter with a 28-17 advantage, but the host Scotties’ rushing attack went into high gear, racking up 108 yards in the final period.
Michael Thomas made it 28-23 on a 13-yard run with 10:27 left to play (2-point conversion run was stopped), before the Scotties were fortunate to recover their own fumble in the Fort Scott end zone with a minute left to play for the go-ahead score.
A last-second 59-yard field goal attempt by Fort Scott’s Dustin Rieser was well short, and the Scotties escaped with the victory.
Garden's home opener
Garden City was the lone school not to open play in the first weekend of action. The Broncbusters open their season on Saturday with a 7 p.m. home kickoff against Dodge City at Broncbuster Stadium.