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Class 4A East

SEK League

School Colors: Red and White

Head Coach: Bo Graham (8-9, 2nd season)

Assistant coaches: Matt Glades, Alvin Metcalf, Jr., Adam Clements, Josh Messer and Jared Martin

COACH GRAHAM SAYS:

“We learned last season to never take anything for granted. The game of football can be taken away from any of us at any moment. We learned to enjoy it and have fun doing what we love to do. Our strength this season will be our offensive and defensive lines. We have experience coming back, and it all starts up front. We hope to be able to line up and run the ball effectively. That, and being able to stop the run effectively, are big keys for us.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 7-1 (Second Round)
  • 2019: 1-8 (First Round)
  • 2018: 7-2 (Second Round)
  • 2017: 8-3 (Second Round)
  • 2016: 3-6 (No Playoffs)

2020 REVIEW

This team was one of the best stories of 2020. After going 1-8 in their first season under head coach Bo Graham, the Tigers turned around last season and went 7-1 and won the SEK league title and a playoff game. “Having success is what we’re all shooting for,” coach Graham says, “That’s why we as coaches work so hard and our players put in so much time. We were able to do that in 2020, and that was the best part of the season.” A lot of players had special seasons for Fort Scott last year, especially senior QB Malachi Vann. Vann was named the SEK Offensive Player of the Year in 2020, racking up 780 rushing yards, 663 passing yards and 17 total touchdowns. In addition to Vann (Missouri Southern), Fort Scott loses Will Wunderly (Hutchinson CC), Grayson Quick (Baker), Syllvin Roark (Fort Scott CC), Miles Bowman (Fort Scott CC) and Donald Harper (Fort Scott CC) to graduation, with all of them moving on to play at the next level. It was a fun group to watch.

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

OL/DL Kaden Conner (Jr) 6’2″, 275 lb – 1st team All-SEK

OL Dylan Pinkerton (Sr) 6’2″, 210 lb

OL Issiah Hegge (Sr) 6’3″, 240 lb

RB/LB Jacob Stinnett (Sr) 5’8″, 180 lb – SEK Defensive Player of the Year

RB Jordan Johnson (Jr) 6’1″, 190 lb – 1st team All-SEK RB

LB Nate Adams (Jr) 5’10”, 190 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

QB/DB Cade Gulager (Sr) 5’9″, 165 lb

WR/DB Parker Allen (Sr) 5’10”, 150 lb

QB/DB Cal Cosens (So) 5’8″, 150 lb

RB/DB Chase Hyer (So) 5’7″, 145 lb

WR/DB Justin Miles (Sr) 6’1″, 170 lb

WR/DB Canyon Umpenhour (Sr) 6’1″, 165 lb

OL/DL Jed Nash (Sr) 5’9″, 200 lb

KEY NEWCOMERS

TE/DE Marqin Johnson (Jr) 6’3″, 200 lb

SCHEDULE:

9/3 @ Summit Christian

9/10 vs. Butler (Mo)

9/17 vs. Independence

9/24 vs. Pittsburg

10/1 @ Labette County

10/8 vs. Chanute

10/15 vs. Wamego

10/22 @ Field Kindley

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

I’m not gonna lie, this team lost some players. “We lose a lot of senior experience,” coach Graham says, “Those guys we lost helped turn a 1-9 team into a 7-1 team. They had a ton of guts. We need our younger players to follow their example and compete at a high level.” Fort Scott does have some talented guys back, including Kaden Connor, Jordan Johnson and Jacob Stinnett, who all earned All-State recognition last season. “Kaden will be starting for the third straight year. He knows what we expect as a coaching staff,” coach Graham says of who he expects to be on-field leaders in 2021, “Dylan Pinkerton and Cade Gulager should also develop big leadership roles for us this year.” Last season was both exciting and a relief for the Tigers. After a big turnaround, they’ll aim to show that they can win consistently starting in 2021. “We have the same goals and expectations as we’ve had the last 25 years here,” Graham finishes, “We want to win a league championship and then win a state championship.”