Penalties and other miscues broke the back of the Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds in the first half of their game Thursday evening against Blinn (Texas) at Frary Field, leading to a 65-18 Blinn victory.

Penalties and other miscues broke the back of the Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds in the first half of their game Thursday evening against Blinn (Texas) at Frary Field, leading to a 65-18 Blinn victory.

For example, an offside penalty negated a 101-yard interception return for touchdown by FSCC cornerback Ladarius Gunter. On the next play, of course, Blinn quarterback Eric Matthews connected with receiver Saqwan Edwards for a 6-yard touchdown pass to give Blinn a 23-3 lead.

Earlier in the half, a snap went over the head of FSCC punter Griffin Knopp and bounded inside the 5-yard line. Knopp, facing the prospect of punting deep in his own territory with several Blinn players charging at him, turned around and tossed the ball out of the end zone for a safety and a 9-3 Blinn advantage.

Blinn also made some big plays to place FSCC in a deep hole. Marion Grice broke touchdown runs of 5 and 19 and Matthews hit Xavier Maxwell for a 76-yard pass and catch that gave Blinn a 30-3 lead with 36 seconds remaining in the first half.

Grice ended the game with four touchdown runs, of 5, 19, 48 and 70 yards.

After the first quarter, FSCC led 3-0.

On his 30th carry of the game, Martese Jackson scored a 2-yard run. Later, in the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Owen Jordan hit Jonathan Wright for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Jackson finished the game with 149 yards on 36 carries.

Fort Scott (0-1) travels to Butler Community College Sept. 3 for its next game.

Blinn (Texas) 65, Fort Scott CC 18
Blinn   0 30 21  14 — 65
FSCC 3  0   0   15 — 18