PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg High School football team continued its dominance on Friday against KC Turner, as the Purple Dragons advanced to the sectional round of the playoffs with a 61-6 win over the Golden Bears in regionals on Hutchinson Field.
PHS quarterback Chase Curtis tallied six touchdown passes, leading the Purple Dragons to 61 points in the playoff victory.
“Offensively, that was as crisp as we’ve played all year long,” PHS head coach Tom Nickelson said. “They clearly were set up to shut down our running game, but the run-pass-option plays were working for us tonight. Zach Sutton did a tremendous jobs of checking his routes on the fly. None of his deep-touchdown catches were called, but he adjusted his routes on the fly and Chase was putting the ball on the money.”
Pittsburg’s defense set the tone in the first drive of the contest, forcing the Golden Bears into a three-and-out and giving the offense the ball in KC territory.
It took the Purple Dragons’ offense just one play to score, as Curtis connected with Dylan White on a 43-yard touchdown pass to give PHS a 7-0 lead in the opening minutes of the contest.
The Golden Bears responded with a 30-yard touchdown run on the next drive, but a missed field goal kept PHS in the lead at 7-6 with eight minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Pittsburg’s offense wasted no time in extending the lead to 14-6 after receiving the kickoff, scoring via a 68-yard touchdown pass from Curtis to Dylan Jordan on the second play of the drive.
The Purple Dragons began running away with it after forcing the Golden Bears to punt the ball back to the hot offense following the touchdown pass.
PHS picked up on its own 44-yard line and found the end zone five plays later on the strength of a five-yard touchdown pass from Curtis to Sutton with two minutes remaining before the end of the first quarter.
A fourth touchdown for the Purple Dragons in the opening quarter came on the strength of a 59-yard pass from Curtis to Sutton, which gave them a 28-6 advantage heading into the second.
Pittsburg went on to add two more touchdowns in the second quarter, as Curtis connected with White in the end zone from 10 yards out, before throwing another one to Cicero for a five-yard touchdown pass to take a 41-6 lead into the half.
The Purple Dragons went on to add two more touchdowns in the third quarter and one in the fourth to get the win.
The first two touchdowns in the second half came on the strength of a pass from a Curtis to Sutton and a 21-yard run by Sam Roark.
PHS added one more touchdown in the fourth quarter, as Joel Kafka intercepted a pass on the PHS 20-yard line and broke free for a touchdown.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.