BY CAYDEN SANDERS
PHOTOS BY JESS KIRCHHOFF
Fort Hays State played in their second home game of the season on Saturday, taking on the Lincoln Blue Tigers from Jefferson City. Fans of Fort Hays expected more from the team following the 0-2 start and they were treated to an offensive showcase against the Blue Tigers as FHSU won soundly, 72-0.
Two plays into the game, the Blue Tigers lost the ball deep in their territory. Fort Hays running back Adrian Soto capitalized on the excellent field position and scampered in from the 1-yard line to get on the board. However, the rushing TD was the only score FHSU could muster in the first quarter.
“We came out a little slow on both sides of the ball, after the first couple of series our guys got locked in and focused and took care of business.” Head Coach Chris Brown said.
In the second quarter the Blue Tigers had a poor snap that hit off of the crossbar in the back of the endzone giving the Tigers a safety. Fort Hays got the ball back after the safety and Soto scored again making the score 16-0.
On the next drive, FHSU quarterback Chance Fuller connected with Tight End Irick McDonald to increase the lead to 23-0. Soto had another one-yard touchdown run. On the final drive of the half Fuller found wide receiver Alex Schremmer.
“I can’t produce the big runs without my lineman, and my teammates, without them I wouldn’t be able to see the holes. With them opening up it was easier to hit the holes.” Soto said.
Soto rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns.
To open up the third quarter the Tigers had great field position to start the drive and put together a three-play 30-yard drive ending in a Chance Fuller touchdown run. After that score the Fort Hays coaching staff took the starters out.
On the next offensive drive for the Tigers, Quarterback Voshon Waiters ran the ball in for a touchdown. On the next drive, the Tigers had a 15-yard catch from Calvin Stapp. The Tigers ran the ball with Toronto King, and Clay Robinson to win the game 72-0.
“Our guys need to dominate, and we need to dominate from here on out. Hopefully this is just the start of where we will be at the end of the season, and hopefully we can keep improving and keep getting better I think we will be just fine,” Brown said.
The Tigers on back on the road next week to take on a 1-2 Missouri Southern team fresh off a win over Central Oklahoma. The game is slated to start at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.