Fort Scott returns from quarantine for SEK opener against Labette County

The Tigers have been sidelined two weeks due to COVID-19.

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – Five weeks into the season, the Fort Scott Tigers will finally play their first SEK league game of the year. 

“It just sums up what the year has been like,” says Fort Scott head coach Bo Graham, who is in his second year with the team, “Everything is different. Everything has a little change to it. Most of the time…we open up with a league opponent.”

The Tigers will face Labette County Friday night, after being sidelined two weeks due to COVID-19. 

“It kind of had the feel of being at the end of the season and your season being over when you don’t go to practice that next Monday,” Graham says of the team being quarantined. 

“I think it put a lot of fire in our steps to be able to get back out here and play again,” says Fort Scott senior QB Malachi Vann, “It feels good for sure. I think a lot of us are really ready to get back to playing.” 

The Tigers were 2-0 before the quarantine hit. Although they did use the last two weeks to get healthy, the team now faces the challenge of trying to regain their early season momentum.

“It was definitely a little frustrating for sure,” Vann says of having to step away after two wins, “I felt like we had a lot of momentum and we were playing really well and just getting better and better. But I think we’re still going to have the same fire we did the first two games.” 

“We had a lot of momentum built,” Graham adds, “Our kids were playing hard and we were playing well, and it just came to a halt. So when we started back practice things were a little different. Physically I think we were fine, but some of the mental aspects of things we struggled with a little bit that first day back.” 

On the other side of the field Friday night will be a Labette County team that has played four games this year, but has yet to come up with win number one. 

“Any time you play a league team, a team you’ve played a long time and a staff you’ve coached against, we expect nothing but a tough battle on Friday night,” Graham finishes, “I think they get their quarterback back this week. They always play us well. It doesn’t ever matter what either team’s record is. We’re looking for a tough, physical game Friday night.” 

Friday night’s game will begin at 7 o’clock in Fort Scott.