Chanute Clinch First Playoff Berth Under Shields

CHANUTE ——

After a win and a loss within the district down here in the SEK, Chanute needed some help coming into the final week of regular season play. In order to advance to the playoffs, Chanute would need a Labette win against Coffeyville as well needing to win against Independence on Friday night, a team that has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Chanute got the scoring going with 4:39 to play in the first. Senior running back Jack Richard scored to give his team the early lead. Senior Matt Hernandez added the (2) two-point conversation making the score 8-0. It didn’t take long for Hernandez to find the end zone again as he scored on a three (3) yard quarterback keeper. Sophomore Jacob Adams added the extra-point to stretch the Chanute lead to 15-0. This score would stand for the remainder of the quarter.

Early into the second period, The Bulldogs found the end zone themselves but failed on the point after. The Comets fumbled on the ensuing possession giving Independence the ball inside Chanute territory. Saving his defense from giving up a score, junior defensive back Lane Harvey came up with an interception to give his team the ball back. With that, sophomore slot receiver Briley Peavy got the call and rumbled in for a ten (10)-yard score. The two (2) point attempt was no good after the score resulting in a score of 21-6, in favor of the Blue Comets. Indy proceeded to drive all the way to the Comet one (1) yard line, where they were then stopped on a fourth down try.

In the second half, after an Indy touchdown, Richard found himself in the end zone once more on a five (5) yard scamper. Adams added the extra-point to make it 28-14. Coach Chris shields received his first of two (2) unsportsmanlike penalties on the next series. Senior back Josh Pralle soon punched it in for the Bulldogs bringing them to within 28-20, as the two (2) point conversion was no good and that score would stick until the fourth quarter.

Freshman quarterback Garrett Almond entered the game on a Chanute fourth down and found junior Cooper McMillen for sixteen (16) yard touchdown. After another Adams boot, the Chanute lead stood at a healthy 35-20. Soon after the score coach Shields received his second unsportsmanlike penalty and was ejected from the contest because of this. The Blue Comets were still able to manage another score finishing the game with a score of 42-20.

Down in Coffeyville, the Golden Tornado lost to Labette County. The result of this is a district runner-up spot in the playoffs and will travel next week to face the District Three (3) champion Fort Scott Tigers. Independence, who were already disqualified from the playoffs due to two (2) losses back-to-back in the district, finish with a record of 2-7. The Bulldogs won the league for the first time in over twenty (20) years last season, however Coach Boldra’s squad lost most of its starters due to graduation and have had a rough year all around.