Category Archives: Fort Scott C.C.

The best Jason Pierre-Paul story … ever

The best Jason Pierre-Paul story ever, as told to me by Fort Scott Community College football coach Jeff Sims last night after the draft:

“So we’re playing Coffeyville a couple of years ago. It’s in the second quarter and Jason is playing really good and then he gets a stinger … but the thing is he’s never got a stinger before so he’s not sure what’s wrong and when the trainer comes out he starts saying ‘my neck, my neck,’ and once the trainer hears that, it’s basically the point of no return … you’re going on the board and they’re taping your head in so you’re immobile. Jason doesn’t want to do this, but he doesn’t have a choice. So they strap him to the gurney, lock the head in and the ambulance comes on the field and they take him to the hospital. So we go in for halftime and I tell the team he’s done and we’re moving on. Well about halfway through the third quarter I feel somebody tapping on my shoulder and it’s Jason and he’s like ‘coach, put me back in,’ but I tell him there’s no way. He’s done. You went to the hospital you can’t go back in the game. So he reaches in the side of his hip pads and he pulls out this piece of paper, and it’s a note from the doctor saying he can go back in. I call the trainer over and show it to him and ask if it’s legit and he tells me ‘well, if he’s got a note from the doctor, I guess he’s good,’ so I tell him to go back in but he says he doesn’t have a helmet because they cut it off at the hospital. So we scramble and take some other kids helmet and put him back in and he gets three more sacks and breaks two of his fingers on the last one. And we win. Amazing.”

Like I said. Best JPP story ever.

PS. Think J listened to this song a couple of times last night? “…and since I made it here, I can make it anywhere…”

NFL draft stock soars for Fort Scott CC product



So probably the best thing about covering football in the Jayhawk Conference is that you know, each year, you’re getting to see a handful of future NFL players. Some years it’s pretty obvious who these guys are (see: Brandon Jacobs), and some years it’s not (see: Elbert Mack). Watching Jason Pierre-Paul play for Fort Scott in 2008, it was pretty obvious dude was going to the league. And now, with the draft just 12 days away, I thought it would be fun to take a look at where the 6-foot-5 (I’ll spot him that quarter-inch), 270-pound defensive end out of South Florida might end up — and because he’ll be either the 1st or 2nd DE off the board that also means a lot of $$$$$$$$. Like buy a Lamborghini and a house for your mama type $$$.

The Good: Scouts Inc. has JPP ranked as the No. 13 overall prospect and the No. 2 DE behind Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan, which stood up to most of the research I did as everybody had him just behind Morgan. I checked 10 different mock drafts and the lowest I saw JPP going was No. 24 to Philadelphia and the highest I saw him going was No. 12 to Miami. Most of the mock drafts had him going to Tennessee at No. 16. JPP is the kind of athletic freak that NFL teams covet off the end, and many have compared him to Jevon Kearse. His workouts have gone incredible, and his 45 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in basically just a half-season of action at USF. Scary potential.

The Bad: He went to two junior colleges and only had one season of major-college football. He’s raw, yeah, but the athletic side wouldn’t worry me if I were helping make these picks. The stability would. There’s a reason dude was jumping around from school to school, and it’s up to these NFL teams to dig it up.

Where I think he’ll go: I don’t think he’s going to last past the No. 15 pick … my guess is he goes to Miami at No. 12, as the Dolphins haveĀ  shown extra interest in him as of late.

I’ll do something on draft day in regards to where JPP goes and if any other Jayhawkers or MIAAers or KCACers get drafted or sign free-agent contracts … would love to see some small-college guys get at least a tryout look for mini-camps and summer camp .

Oh yeah, and I’ll cook up a JPP feature in the next week or so.

And … I’m out.


All about Blinn-Fort Scott

First things first — let’s address the second-guessing Fort Scott coach Jeff Sims on his decision to punt with just under 40 seconds to play, which Blinn’s Chad Froechtenicht took 84 yards to the house (you can watch it, above). Like everybody else, right after the game, I thought it was the wrong call. He should’ve had them pooch it — he should’ve kicked it out of bounds … you get the picture. But I had a drive home and last night to think about it, and I don’t know that the call Sims made was wrong.

Consider this: You’re up by two — 26-24 — and you’ve watched Blinn QB Cam Newton dice up your defense the last quarter-and-a-half. You can …

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Salt City Bowl, here I come



So I’m headed to the Salt City Bowl in Hutchinson tomorrow to see No. 20 Hutch take on No. 16 New Mexico Military Institute, and then to Pittsburg on Sunday for the Citizens Bank Bowl, aka the NJCAA national title game between No. 1 Fort Scott and No. 2 Blinn. My plan is to do live updates via the blog during both games, but let me emphasize PLANNED because you never know how internet connections and such shake out. But I’m hopeful.

What to expect from Hutchinson? I’m really excited to see their defense — they’ve got a pair of studs in Alex Davis and Meshak Williams, along with linebacker Matt Fairchild, an Andale product. On offense, the Blue Dragons have got a pair of stud running backs in Chris Clay and Chris Anderson, but the player I’m most interested in is former K-State signee Angelo Pease, their quarterback. I think he’s a straight ATH/UTIL on any roster at the next level, which we saw this year could mean big numbers for the Wildcats. Be interested to get his take on what he thinks of the situation at KSU and where he might fit in … tried to talk to him this week, but no dice.

Check Sunday’s Eagle for a pair of stories by yours truly on the national title game — one on Fort Scott running back Jasmin Hopkins (a GREAT interview) and another on Blinn coach Brad Franchione, who grew up in Pittsburg.

As always, if you see me at the game, yes, I will share my popcorn with you. Unless your name is Wayne Gilmore. Then you’re buying.




FULL PLATE: Fort Scott wins Region VI/Mac, Ottawa in NAIA playoffs



My plate is full this evening, with Fort Scott pulling out the 13-12 Region VI win over Butler and the KCAC getting two bids to the NAIA playoffs with undefeated, No. 5 Ottawa hosting Hastings (Neb.) andNo. 12 McPherson traveling to MidAmerica Nazarene for the first playoff appearance in school history. That’s 87 years, if you’re counting. Here’s the full NAIA playoff schedule, if you’re interested.

I covered the Ottawa-Friends game yesterday and I’ll tell you what … Ottawa looked really, really good. Like they got up 42-0 in the first 16 minutes good. And as far as finally getting to see Ethan Haller play? Dude could start for most of the teams in the MIAA, no doubt. He’s that good. Their defense? Not so much. And as far as Friends — if they would have finished that comeback, as one of our page designers told me — that’s the kind of thing you could go 40 years as a sportswriter and never see. Just nuts.

So … Fort Scott. Brooks Seeley covered that game today and yes, it was cold, and yes, he whined the whole time (LOL) but he got to see a great one. And because No. 3 Blinn beat No. 1 Navarro on Sunday in the SW Region title game, that means, no matter what, the Greyhounds are gonna be No. 1 in the next poll and get to play for the national title at the Citizens Bank Bowl in Pittsburg on Dec. 6 — let’s just hope they can get the No. 2 team to come play them, whoever that may be (Likely Blinn). Couldn’t have set itself up any better for Fort Scott.

I’m out. TA.


JuCo bowl games in Pittsburg, Hutch … but not Wichita

Here’s the link to the Pittsburg Sun’s story by Matthew Clark on the JuCo bowl situation in Kansas.

Here’s how it breaks down — an anonymous bowl committee set up a game, the Mid-America Bowl — that was supposed to be played at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium on Dec. 6, 2009. The NJCAA said that the powers-that-be behind this game called them and said it wasn’t going to go off, and the national office didn’t get much more than that.

But, that leaves two bowl games left in Kansas. The Citizens Bank Bowl in Pittsburg (Dec. 9) that will be played at PSU’s Carnie Smith Stadium, and the Salt City Bowl in Hutchinson. Presumably, these are bowls set up to facilitate the local schools — Fort Scott for the game in Pittsburg and Hutchinson for the game in Hutch. Under that same presumption, I’m assuming the Wichita bowl game would have been a vehicle for Butler. And, of course, there’s a chance that one of these game could end up the national championship game featuring the Region VI champion, because hey, that’s where the champ has come from the last two years.

One thing to ponder: Who was behind the Wichita game and why did it fall apart? Were three games just too much for one state? Anyways … more on this later. But having these bowl games can only help. Gotta think Hutch’s new digs are set up perfectly for an event like this.