Matt Hernandez Propels Chanute To Road Win

Ottawa, KS – Chris Shields is in his third year as the head coach of the Chanute Blue Comets. Entering in to tonight’s contest, the Blue Comets held a 3-9 road record under Coach Shields. As cliche as it may sound, tonight’s 25-21 road win could easily be stated as the biggest road win under Shields.

The Comets lost at home last year to Ottawa 48-14. This year’s Ottawa football team resembled one much closer in size and experience to the Blue Comets.

“I thought it was a very gritty win by our kids.” said Chanute head coach Chris Shields.

The contest was a back and forth match up with no team holding more than a one possession advantage. Chanute would take the lead late in the 4th quarter with senior Matt Hernandez’s 52 yard touchdown run. Under 2 minutes, and time outs still to use, the Ottawa Cyclones used a pair of personal foul penalties called against Chanute, one of which included a taunting call, to gain favorable field position.

Ottawa would attempt to heave the ball in to the endzone two times in their final possession in hopes of if not scoring, at least forcing the Chanute defense to commit a penalty and get a set of down inside the redzone. However, that would not be the case as Chanute’s defense was able to bat the ball down and bend, but not break in the final seconds on their way to a road win.

“Our team fought hard and overcame some adverse situations and that’s what good teams do. I’m very proud of them.” said Shields.

Unofficially sophomore quarterback Ty Bowman was 11 of 18 with 127 yards passing, 1 passing touchdown, 2 rushing touchdowns and 1 interception. Junior Corbett Kimberlin was the leading rusher who also had a passing touchdown and threw one interception.

Chanute is now 2-2 on the season and will play 4 of the 5 remaining games at home, including next week when they host Augusta (3-1)

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