The Labette County Grizzlies gained a 52-15 road win against Chanute, on Friday. Labette was led by quarterback, Easton Dean’s 13-17, 236 yards, and 3 touchdowns passing and 96 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 attempts, rushing.

Chanute won the toss and chose to differ to the second half. Labette took the first drive all the way into the endzone. The 14 yard touchdown was caught by Nathan Smith on a pass from Dean. Labette’s Zach McCarty, popped in on the two-point conversion to give the Grizzlies an 8-0 lead.

Despite an amazing catch by Corbett Kimberlin, the Blue Comets’ first drive ended with a punt. Ty Bowman paced a perfect punt between the endzone and the Grizzly one yard line. Labette was still able to manage a 100 yard drive capped off by a 22 yard touchdown reception by Kale Irwin. Another successful two-point conversion gave Labette the 16-0 lead,

The next Grizzly score would come about halfway through the 2nd quarter on a 2 yard quarterback keeper by Dean, Caleb Hentzen rushed in the two-point conversion, pushing the lead to 24-0. Chanute’s Briley Peavy made a big return on the kickoff but Chanute turned the ball over on downs. On the following drive, Hentzen took it 13 yards for another Grizzly touchdown, Labette successfully drove in another two-point conversion increasing the lead to 32-0.

Chanute’s offensive line was looking terrible for the entire game, but perhaps their lowest point was on the next drive when they let Labette get to the backfield and sack Bowman, causing him to fumble the ball. Labette recovered and on the ensuing drive Dean completed a 47 yard touchdown pass to Irwin. Dean ran in the two-point conversion and the score going into halftime would be 40-0.

Peavy had another big return to kick off the second half and this time, the Comets would make it to the end zone after a three yard run from Bowman. Jacob Adams popped the ball through the uprights cutting Labette’s lead to 40-7.

Dean scored Labette’s 6th touchdown on a 5 yard run, putting the Grizzlies up 46-7 with 8:38 left in the 3rd quarter. Chanute’s Garrett almond went down on the play but, Almond was able to walk off the field with an apparent left hip injury. Almond left the game with one reception and nine yards on three targets, not to mention the respectable game he had played on the defensive side.

On Chanute’s next drive Bowman connected with Kimberlin on a touchdown pass, topped off by Jaden Costin’s two-point conversion, making the score 46-15. Labette brought in backup quarterback, Austin Jones. Jones found Irwin from 15 yards out for the final score of the game, however the two-point attempt was ineffective. The game would end Labette 52, Chanute 15.

“We could have played more physical. I mean we just got outplayed in every facet of the game. I told the guys before the game, that the more physical team was going to win and I was right. I mean, they were just way more physical than we were early on. I thought our effort improved as the game went on. I thought we played much better in the second half. We just got out-physicaled and that’s the bottom line.” Chanute head coach, Chris Shields’s take on the game.

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