After coming off one of the best years Fort Scott Community College football history, the Greyhounds open up the 2009 season at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fort Scott’s Frary Field, the ‘Hounds open their 2009 football campaign playing host to the Kilgore Rangers from Kilgore, Texas.

After coming off one of the best years Fort Scott Community College football history, the Greyhounds open up the 2009 season at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fort Scott’s Frary Field, the ‘Hounds open their 2009 football campaign playing host to the Kilgore Rangers from Kilgore, Texas.
Third year ‘Hounds head Coach Jeff Sims look to improve on a 2008 record of nine wins and two losses. Sims has compiled a three year record of 18 wins five losses (winning percentage of 78.3 percent).
The 2008 ‘Hound team did something that no other FSCC football team has done since 1970 and that was win a bowl game, when they won the Heart of Texas Bowl by beating Blinn, Texas 30-14.
The Greyhounds are ranked 15th in the NJCAA preseason poll; Kilgore is unranked.
Six returning starters, 4 offensive and 2 defensive, will look to lead the ‘Hounds in 2009.
Sophomore running back Jasmin Hopkins (5-foot-7, 160) will look to lead the ‘Hound offense that averaged 134 yards rushing per game last season. The North Carolina native rushed for over 1,200 yards in 2008 and earned preseason All-American this year. Hopkins was also named honorable All-Conference in 2008.
Transfer Dominique Davis will take over the quarterbacking duties for the ‘Hounds. Davis (6-5 215), a sophomore, will be protected by an experienced offensive line led by pre season All-American Jermarcus Hardrick.
Hardrick (6-6, 320) a Mississippi product heads up an offensive line that will have four sophomore starters. Sophomore offensive linemen Chris Duggins and Cody Moore started all 11 games in 2008.
On defense, the ‘Hounds will look to their pre season All-American linebacker La Vonte David (6-2, 225) from Florida, to lead the way again in 2009. David led the ‘Hounds, a defensive unit  that only allowed 6.9 points in league play in 2008, last season with 93 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss.
Fort Scott High School product Luke Halsey returns to do the place kicking for the ‘Hounds.
The Kilgore College Rangers, coached by J.J. Eckert, comes into 2009 after posting a 6-4 overall record in their 2008 campaign.
Eckert’s Ranger team returns 9 starters from last season’s team with 4 offensive starters and 5 offensive starters.
In 2008, the Rangers averaged 335 yards total offense and allowed 295.2 yards to their opponents. Kilgore outscored their opponents 27 points per game to 20 points per game.
Sophomore Donielle Hill (5-8, 192) returns to become the Rangers starting tailback. Hill, from Dallas, rushed for 342 yards and had six touchdowns in a back-up role in 2008.
The Ranger defense is led by pre season All-American cornerback Jimmy Anderson (5-9, 165). Anderson, a sophomore from Round Rock, Texas had 40 tackles and 8 interceptions in 2008.
Fort Scott opened up the 2008 season by posting a 40-20 victory over at Kilgore.