Ft. Scott up next for Eudora
Eudora head football coach Gregg Webb will face a coach with an equally impressive playoff record Friday night.
Fort Scott coach Bobby Campbell has compiled a 94-25 record during 11 seasons with the Tigers. The undefeated Tigers (12-0) won the class 4A state championship in 1996 and 2000. In 1999, they lost the class 5A state championship to Salina Central and finished as the runner-up to Wellington last season.
Webb led class 2A-1A Claflin to six consective sub-state appearances before taking the head coaching job at Eudora. He hopes to repeat that type of success at the class 4A level.
"They are a very good football team," Webb said of Ft. Scott. "They play football like it is supposed to be played. They understand the effort that it takes and they play hard."
Campbell said tradition breeds success for his powerhouse program.
"The number-one thing is the talent of our kids who've done a really good job for us," Campbell said. "We've had some very good players, and with the success we've had it becomes tradition."
The Tigers won the Southeast Kansas League for the third time in four seasons. Fort Scott's closest call came against league-rival Pittsburg. The Tigers scored on the last drive of the game win, 20-13. Fort Scott defeated Labette County High 23-15 in the fifth game of the season then beat the team again 25-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
Fort Scott also earned victories over several playoff-bound teams such as Girard, Parsons, and class 5A Kansas City Sumner.
The Tigers have played all three of their playoff games at home, outscoring Labette County, Louisburg, and Topeka Hayden 81-17. Louisburg and Hayden had a combined record of 20-2 entering their game with Fort Scott.
Campbell said the Tigers have stepped up their defense in the playoffs.
"We've played our best defensive games of the year against Louisburg and Hayden," Campbell said. "Our kids do a good job defensively for what we ask them to do. They get to the ball real well."
The Tigers have veteran leadership to guide their option offense. Senior quarterback Ross Holt and senior running back Donnie Hampton, along with three starters on the offensive line from last year's team, complement the running game.
Campbell said he was impressed with what he's seen of the Eudora football program.
"They are a very impressive team, and they're offensive line has been pretty dominant," Campbell said. "We're going into a situation where Eudora will feel like they have an advantage playing at home. We have to match that intensity from the start."