Pittsburg's first half was mighty good. And their second half was good enough to seal a 35-25 win over previously unbeaten Chanute. The Purple Dragons were dominant in the first half, scoring a touchdown on every drive but one — a drive that started with 14.4 seconds left in the half. PHS would gain 235 yards rushing in the half. "Our offensive line was executing," said PHS head coach Tom Nickelson after the game. "[Chanute] came out in a three-man front. Our line was getting off and making their blocks." On the first drive, PHS faced a fourth and 11 at the Chanute 29 before Riley Cunningham hit James Clark for 16 yards down the right sideline. Two plays later, Alex Barnes would be a decoy, as Cunningham would score from nine yards out on an option keeper. The second drive got a big boost from Ethan Paul-Davis on a 46-yard jet sweep to the right. Barnes would finish off the drive with three consecutive runs, scoring at last from 1 yard out. Barnes would add another touchdown on the next drive, this time from 13 yards out, before Chanute would get its high-speed offense going. The Blue Comets would launch a 78-yard drive ending in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Christian Wiltse to Caleb Dietsch. Pittsburg would respond quickly and decisively. The Purple Dragons would get first downs on five of the eight plays of the drive, with runs by Barnes and Ryan Menghini highlighting the drive. Barnes would get his third touchdown to take a 28-7 lead at halftime. But Chanute would come out hot in the third quarter while PHS didn't. "They got all the momentum. All the momentum," Nickelson said. "They came out a step faster than us. Give credit to them, that's a good ball club. They didn't quit." PHS went three and out on its first two drives while Chanute scored touchdowns on two of its first three drives of the third quarter (and had a fourth and goal opportunity on the other) to draw within 28-19 by the end of the quarter. PHS would start to right the ship in the fourth quarter, getting two first downs in the first five plays. A few plays later, Barnes would come out in the wildcat and hand off to K.J. Shaw, who would turn the corner on a 16-yard touchdown scamper. After a deep Chanute drive ended on a turnover on downs, PHS' ensuing drive would be disastrous. Barnes would fumble on a spin and Chanute's Derek Sharp would pick up the fumble and run it back 21 yards for a touchdown to pull within 10. But a few, powerful runs by Barnes and Dante Menghini would seal the game. Barnes would end with 140 yards on 24 carries, while Menghini would get 75 yards of his own on 12 carries. "They're all good kids. We rotated in a few guys in the first half. We were down to one fullback, and [Menghini] did a great job. He did a good job blocking and ran hard," Nickelson said. "Alex is Alex. He's special with the ball in his hands. K.J. Shaw [who had 4 carries for 30 yards and a touchdown] and Sherrick Rogers [two carries for five yards] are also very capable kids who run the ball hard."