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Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Tigers begin final stretch of season

Published on -10/12/2012, 10:24 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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Earlier this week, Fort Hays State University football coach Chris Brown addressed the recent past, present and long-term future of his football program.

A difficult 20-17 home loss last Saturday to Lindenwood (Mo.) University dropped the Tigers to 1-5 overall, 1-5 MIAA, and effectively eliminated Fort Hays from postseason contention and a bowl game with five weeks left.

"Win out," senior linebacker A.J. Woodall said of finishing the year. "Live it up. I think that if we just focus on winning, it will make our record look better. That's all it is now. Just play ball."

Late in the contest, junior quarterback Tarean Austin, after playing a solid game, threw an interception at Lindenwood's 4-yard line to seal the loss.

Austin changed the play from a run to a fade pass and Lindenwood All-American cornerback Pierre Desir picked it off. Brown talked with Austin after the contest and then again in a meeting. Offensive coordinator Justin Schreiber also spoke with Austin about being smarter. Brown said Austin will continue to be the starter Saturday at Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University (1-5, 1-5 MIAA). Game time is 2:30 p.m. from Bolivar, Mo.

Austin finished 16 of 32 passing for 174 yards with one touchdown against two interceptions and rushed for 76 yards. He converted two fourth downs on the drive before the turnover.

"You take away those two plays, he had an excellent ballgame," Brown said in his weekly news conference Tuesday.

Secondly, Brown announced redshirt freshman Treveon Albert will be the starter at tailback the rest of the season. Albert was the No. 3 quarterback last fall and a wide receiver to start the year. However, he moved to running back to help true freshman Addie Brown after senior Andre Smith and junior Edward Smith suffered season-ending injuries. Albert took time to learn the nuances of wide receiver, but Coach Brown said the freshman "seemed to adjust faster" when he switched to the backfield.

Albert now leads the Tigers in all-purpose yards (541), catches (13) and is tied with Austin in yards per carry (5.4).

Brown paces the Tigers with 415 rushing yards and 4.6 yards per carry, while Austin is at 294 and Albert has tacked on 226, including 189 in the last two games. Albert also threw a 53-yard double pass for a score two weeks ago.

Coach Brown said Addie Brown would continue to receive playing time. Even when the Smiths return in 2013, Albert could still play in the backfield.

"(Albert) has done excellent," Coach Brown said. "He can do so many things for you. And you can put him at receiver, and he can catch the ball. You can put him at running back and he can run the ball."

Brown also met with his freshmen. He wanted to make sure the players knew they are the future of the program -- and to stick with the Tigers. Fort Hays is now 5-12 in Brown's tenure, but has played significantly better the last three games. Addie Brown, known for his constant smile, called the talk "awesome."

"We are trying to carry these seniors and even juniors out the right way and finish on a positive note and push them to be the best," Addie Brown said. "... This is my family. I don't have any family out in Hays, Kansas. Everyone is spread out, so I have to commit to them as my family."

Last Saturday's loss was a difficult result, especially because the Tigers had five turnovers, including two late.

"We should have won that game," senior defensive back Keke Paul said. "I really believe we was a better team on that field. Taking a loss like that really hurts."

On Tuesday, Fort Hays started practice slowly and sluggish. Coach Brown was worried, but the Tigers improved and finished strong, a positive sign after the loss.

"They are not going to quit," Brown said. "They are going to keep fighting and keep working."

The Tigers' defense, especially Paul, has seen big improvement in the last three weeks. Fort Hays had permitted 44.7 points per game in the first three weeks, but have allowed 20.3 points the last three games. All six teams FHSU has played are at least 4-2. Brown sees a unit where the players are more comfortable, not thinking as much and improved tackling.

"We really just haven't put a lot in," Brown said of the Tigers' 4-2-5 look under first-year defensive coordinator Cooper Harris. "We've kept basically what we have done Week 1 until now. We have added a little bit but not a lot."

Paul, a returning all-MIAA honorable mention selection, hadn't played well in the first half of the season, especially Week 2 against Washburn University. He had an interception, his team-high second of the year, and a pass breakup Saturday.

"After that Washburn game, he felt like he let the team down a little bit," Brown said. "A few plays in the other games, kind of the same thing. But he wants to do well and he has really become a disciplined football player."

SBU, a longtime MIAA member, left the conference in football and became an independent. This past year, the Bearcats, traditionally known for a high-powered offense and a defense that allows plenty of points, returned to the MIAA in football. This year, SBU ranks last in scoring offense (13.7 points/game) and tenth in the 15-team league in scoring defense (30.8). Quarterback Dan Connors has completed 100 of 178 passes for 882 yards with a 5/8 TD/INT ratio.

"They are just steps away from making plays," Brown said. "Either the receiver maybe just drops the ball or goes off of his fingertips."

Last year, Fort Hays lost 30-28 to SBU at home in Week 3, a tough loss that helped keep the Tigers from a bowl game. Woodall has thought back to that game this week. With five contests left in his career, Woodall simply just wants to win.

"I didn't really play good in that game, and I really want some revenge on those guys, especially on their turf," Woodall said.

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