Chanute, KS – The Chanute Blue Comets football team (2-3) defense came up with opportunities early and throughout the game Friday night against the Augusta Orioles (4-1), however lack of offensive production and penalties were too much for the young Blue Comets team to overcome in a 20-14 loss at home.

“The defense played their tails off tonight. They helped set up short field position for our offense, but unfortunately we couldn’t get much going.” said Chanute Football head coach Chris Shields.

The Chanute Blue Comets offense unofficially ran 51 plays in the ballgame compared to Augusta’s 61.

The ballgame kicked off to the Chanute offense, who on their opening drive found themselves fumbling the ball in the 3rd play of the game. The Augusta offense would find themselves 3 and out on their first drive.

The Chanute defense scored the first points of the game when junior defensive back Lane Harvey intercepted an Augusta pass for a 39 yard pick 6. The extra point would sail through the uprights and the Blue Comets would hold their only lead of the night 7-0.

Augusta’s offense shook off the turnover with a 9 play, 4 minute 18 second drive capped off with senior quarterback Chance Whitehead’s 4 yard run in to the end zone. The extra point would fail, with Chanute leading 7-6.

Chanute’s offense would go 3 & out once again and August on the next drive gave it right back to Lane Harvey and the Chanute Blue Comets. The turnover would land the Blue Comets offense in the red zone, but the Chanute offense couldn’t capitalize once again.

In the second quarter, sophomore quarterback Ty Bowman would leave the game with an injury. Coach Shields said after the game that he would talk to the doctor’s about Bowman’s condition and go from there. Junior Corbett Kimberlin would run the offense for Chanute for the remainder of the game.

“Our offensive plan of attack didn’t change much with Ty out. Even though Corbett didn’t take many reps this week, we trust him to run this offense.” said Shields.

The score remained in Chanute’s favor until the late 2nd quarter when Augusta would take advantage of short field position and Whitehead would enter into the endzone on a 7 play, 55 yard drive that took almost 3 minutes off the clock. The 2 point conversion would put the Orioles up 14-7 heading in to half time.

The teams would trade possessions back and forth until the Chanute offense broke the stalemate in the 4th quarter with a Matt Hernandez run. Extra point would connect to tie it up 14-14 with 2:59 remaining in the game.

Augusta on the following drive used a 7 play, 82 yard drive to get in to the endzone. The 2 point conversion would fail, giving one last chance for Chanute to score the tying points. Augusta up 20-14.

On their next drive, the Blue Comet offense would attempt a trick play that sent Chanute backwards. A deep pass by Kimberlin gave the Blue Comets a tiny bit of hope, but the Orioles defense stuffed Chanute’s run game and pressed on pass coverage to stall the Chanute offense and force them to turnover on downs for the final score of 20-14.

“We have clean up and be better next week. On offense it seemed like every play we were one block away. We will work on that next week.” said Shields.

Lane Harvey on defense had 2 interceptions and swarmed to the ball all night. “Lane is picking up right where he left off.” said Shields.

The Blue Comets fall to 2-3 overall on the season and are at home next week against SEK League foe Parsons. Kick off is scheduled for 7PM.

(Photo credit to Andrew Towne. Read The Chanute Tribune recap here)