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  • Pittsburg crushes Parsons, 69-6

  • It was all about quick strikes and defense for the Pittsburg Friday night as they dominated Parsons 69-6 in the Purple Dragons’ Homecoming game.



    The game was put away early by the Purple Dragons, who had no drives in the first half of more than four plays, with all but one ending in touchdowns.

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  • It was all about quick strikes and defense for the Pittsburg Friday night as they dominated Parsons 69-6 in the Purple Dragons’ Homecoming game.
    The game was put away early by the Purple Dragons, who had no drives in the first half of more than four plays, with all but one ending in touchdowns.
    As for the defense, Parsons didn’t have a play greater than two yards until late in the first half, and didn’t record a first down until 2:34 left in the first half, when the score was already 48-6. In fact, Parsons punted the ball away on third down at least three times in the game. For the game, Parsons’ longest play from scrimmage was a 13-yard pass.
    The Pittsburg offense faced no resistance throughout the game. Pittsburg quarterback Spencer Bernhardt got the game started with a 33-yard pass on the right sideline to Ethan Paul-Davis. One play later, Bernhardt took the ball off tackle and raced to the right pylon seemingly untouched to put the Purple Dragons up 7-0 before a minute had elapsed.
    Three minutes later, it was Paul-Davis taking a jet sweep nine yards for a touchdown. That drive took four plays and started with a 67-yard run from Alex Barnes on his first carry of the day. Barnes took the toss left, then cut back into open space on the right before he was caught at the Viking 26.
    For the rest of the first half, it was Barnes’ legs and Bernhardt’s arm that helped put the Vikings away.
    Barnes already had 83 yards on three carries before he scored touchdowns on three consecutive carries spanning the first and second quarters. Barnes would add a fourth touchdown early in the third quarter.
    He would end the game with 185 yards rushing on eight carries to go with those four touchdowns.
    “Our offensive line really came out and executed tonight,” Barnes said. “They really did what they were supposed to do.”
    Bernhardt added two touchdowns in the air to go with his one on the ground: a 66-yard strike down the left side to Zack Woods and a 41-yarder on a post pattern to Kaleb Owens.
    Sherrick Rogers, a freshman for the Purple Dragons, added two rushing touchdowns in the second half, from 1 and 13 yards out.
    Parsons’ only points came on a 79-yard kickoff return by Steve McDonald to make the score 21-6. Their extra point was blocked.
    Barnes, who also plays linebacker, said after the game that the defense kept Parsons contained with sure tackling.
    “Our entire defensive line played pretty tough,” said Barnes, who had an interception. “They really got after it. As a team, we wrapped up. I don’t think we had many missed tackles tonight.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Pittsburg (4-1) will head on the road to Field-Kindley next week before the three-team string of Blue Valley schools to end the season.
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