Chanute Defense Silences Thunderbirds

Chanute, KS – The Chanute Blue Comet (1-0, 0-0) defense propelled the team to a season opening win over the Towanda-Circle Thunderbirds (0-1) Friday night by a final score of 31-8.

“Good to get a win. We knew they were going to be better than what they had been. They have some big physical guys. But our guys came out and play hard. I felt like we just worth them down.” said Chanute football head coach Chris Shields.

For 2 and a half quarters both teams offensive squads struggled to find the end zone. After a scoreless first quarter plagued by stalled drives the Blue Comet offense lit up the home side of the scoreboard when jr. quarterback Ty Bowman found Layne Harvey on a 12 yard touchdown pass. Jacob Adams kick was good and Comets led over the Thunderbirds 7-0, 10:45 left in the half.

“I think you get that first one, you exhale and you tell yourself ‘Hey it’s football. We’ve been here before. Let’s execute.” said Shields. “We have too many good plays and then a negative play. We gotta follow good with a good.” Said Shields. “The O-line did a great job tonight making adjustments and calls.”

As the first half was drawing to a close the Chanute offense would again find the end zone when Bowman connected with sr. Corbett Kimberline on a deep 29 yard pass. Adams leg once again added points on the board and the Blue Comets would head to halftime with a 14-0 lead.

“We’ve been in those games up 14-0 at half then come out in the second half flat.” said Shields. “We came out and got into a groove in the 3rd quarter.”

Both offenses began with drives in the 3rd quarter that led to yards gained but no points on the board. Jacob Adams would break the stalemate with a 27 yard field goal to leg Chanute up 3 scores with 11:19 left in the game.

“Jacob is a heck of a kicker. He does a great job for us. We have all the confidence in the world in him.” said the Blue Comet head coach.

A defensive stop and offensive jump ball battle in the end zone won by Kimberline against the Circle defense from a throw by Bowman, added with an Adams extra point, would lift Chanute to a 24-0 lead in the middle of the 4th.

Towanda Circle would get on the board late in the 4th quarter with a short touchdown run of their own. Chanute would respond with a 16 yard Jaden Costin run and Adams kick to seal the game and record the final score. Chanute 31, Towanda-Circle 8.

Chanute will play at home again next week against SEK League school, football independent Pittsburg Purple Dragons who defeated the Labette County Girizzlies 43-8 Friday night.

“They’re going to be big and physical. We’re going to be outsized every game. We know that. The game for us to find the ball in space to our guys and get it to our playmakers. On defense, we gotta play wolfpack mentality. 11 men to the ball.” added Shields.

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OFFICIAL STATS

Passing
#12 Ty Bowman 22/33 (67%) 277 yds 3 tds 0 Int

Rushing
#34 Tyler Davis 8 carries / 3 yds 1 fumble
#4 Lane Harvey 2 carries / 0 yds
#12 Ty Bowman 8 carries / 29 yds
#35 Briley Peavy 9 carries / 18 yds
#7 Jaden Costin 5 carries / 61 yds 1 TD

Total – 32 carries for 111 yds (3.5 avg) 1 TD

Receving
#2 Corbett Kimberlin 11 catches 133 yds 2 TD’s
# 4 Lane Harvey 4 catches 49 yds 1 TD
#5 Garrett Almond 4 catches 63 yds
#3 Mason Manbeck 1 catch 13 yds
#7 Jaden Costin 1 catch 12 yds