Chanute Offense Awakens Against Parsons

Chanute, KS – In a game where both teams combined for 105 total points and lasted just shy of 3 hours, it was the Chanute Blue Comets who outlasted the Parsons Vikings for their first win of the season in Southeast Kansas League action.

“We have to play consistent on all three phases. Last week, defense played their tails off. We couldn’t squeeze a drop on offense. Tonight we moved the ball well and were able to execute and get some points.” said Chanute High School Football Head Coach Chris Shields.

In the first half alone, both teams combined for 68 points and took 90 minutes to complete. Senior Matt Hernandez and junior Corbett Kimberlin aided the Blue Comets with a combined 4 touchdowns in the first half which helped keep pace with the Parsons offense, who used 2 trick plays to score in the endzone in the first half.

At half time the score was 38-30 in favor of the Blue Comets.

“They were sprinting and they’ll out leverage you with that. Their quarterback is one heck of an athlete. We knew that coming in. We brought pressure on the edge in the second half to keep him better contained.” said Shields.

After a pair of critical stops in the 3rd quarter, the Chanute offense shined with Lane Harvey and Kimberlin driving the offense to a 59-30 3rd quarter lead. Jake Adams contributed with a 24 yard field goal as well. Parsons would add 2 late touchdowns, but the Blue Comet offense put it out of reach 62-43 final score.

Quarterback Corbett KImberlin was 10 of 12 on passing for 101 yards a touchdown and an interception. He also carried the ball 13 times for 151 yards and 4 touchdowns. Matt Lee caught 2 passes for 31 yards. Lane Harvey, Matt Hernandez, Jaden Costin and Gage Leedy all found the endzone Friday night for the Chanute offense.

When asked what the biggest difference was in his teams offense this week compared to the previous five weeks, Shields noted execution.

“When guys do their jobs right we can be pretty good. We have that potential in us. We have those playmakers.”

The Chanute Blue Comets improve to 3-3 on the season overall and now 1-1 in the SEK League. They prepare to open up Class 4A-I district play again the Field Kindley-Coffeyville Golden Tornado at home next Friday night.

“We have to continue to trend upward. We have a tough district play. Coffeyville is going to be similar to what we saw tonight. A lot of speed. A lot of athletes.”

Parsons remains winless on the season, dropping to 0-6 overall. They will begin district play in Class 4A-II against Frontenac.