HIGHLAND, Kan. — Highland Community College has yet to reap full benefits from a Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference rule change.
The Scotties suffered a 20-7 loss last Saturday to the Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College Greyhounds at Kessinger Field.
Highland will be in Miami Saturday as the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen open the regular season with a "Code Blue" at 7 p.m. on Robertson Field.
"We’re going to have several activities going on both outside and inside the stadium," Golden Norse head coach and athletic director Dale Patterson said. "Anyone wearing royal blue clothing will be admitted free of charge to the game."
During last spring’s conference meeting, the eight-team KJCCC league decided to allow each team to increase the number of out-of-state players they certify for the season to increase from 12 to 16. Each team is allowed to certify and play 16 out-of-staters in non-conference games.
When playing in a KJCCC contest, each member team is only allowed to suit up and play 12.
Compare the KJCCC rule against the Southwest Junior College Football Conference rule which allows each member team to certify five out-of-state players and five transfer players.
"We’re only allowed five each so that if a player in either category is injured during the season, he can’t be replaced on the roster," Patterson said. "We lost a couple of players from Oklahoma so far because of this rule."
The Scotties only points in the loss to Fort Scott came on a 97-yard interception return by freshman cornerback Contereze Pierce (5-9, 170 from Jonesboro, Ga.) in the first quarter.
Sophomore tailback Brian Handley (5-10, 205 from Montecello, Ark.) led the Scotties ground game with 41 yards on nine carries. Highland was limited to a mere 35 total yards rushing for the game.
Freshman quarterback Shunquez Stephens (6-4, 245 from Flowery Branch, Ga.) managed only one completion, a 20-yard pass to freshman wide out Keith Marks (6-0, 185 from Lees Summit, Mo.)
Highland’s defense wreaked havoc on the Fort Scott offense by forcing three fumbles and recovering two, intercepting three Greyhounds passes, creating three quarterback sacks, and not allowing the Hounds’ offense into the endzone.
Fort Scott kicked field goals of 28 and 34 yards while the Greyhounds defense returned two fumbles for touchdowns.
Veteran linebacker Terrell Jordan (6-0, 200 from Atchison, Kan.) led the Scotties defense with 11 unassisted tackles and seven assists.
Sophomore inside linebacker Tevin Hanley (5-11, 210 from Riverdale, Ga.) compiled eight solo tackles, eight assists and one interception.
Veteran safety Brandon King (6-2, 205 from Alibaster, Ga.) produced seven unassisted tackles and four assists along with two tackles behind the line of scrimmage and a blocked field goal.
Converted wide receiver Peyton Doramus (6-3, 195 from Haysville, Kan.) started at cornerback and posted six solo tackles with five assists.