OVERLAND PARK — A disappointing 42-21 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday marks the end of the season for the Pittsburg High School football team.
The Saints controlled the tempo throughout by methodically moving the ball down the field en route to building a 28-0 lead and getting the win.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Aquinas began the first drive of the contest on its own 39-yard line and moved up to midfield on the first play before scoring the game’s first touchdown to take a 6-0 lead.
Despite coming up short on the two-point conversion, the Saints got the ball right back by forcing a punt and scored a second touchdown along with a successful two-point conversion to extend the lead to 14-0 at the four-minute mark of the first quarter.
A fumble by Pittsburg on the next drive deep in its own territory gave the ball back to the Saints, who capitalized with a three-yard touchdown run on the second play of the drive to make the score 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Saints went on to add another touchdown in the early going of the second quarter, pushing in from one-yard out to take their largest lead of the game at 28-0.
PHS stayed alive with a touchdown halfway through the second quarter, as Chase Curtis connected with Corbin Jefferson on an 11-yard touchdown pass to narrow the deficit to 28-7.
Aquinas got the points back in the opening minutes of the second half on a 53-yard touchdown run, but the Purple Dragons answered back on the next drive with a 66-yard touchdown pass from Curtis to Dylan White.
The Saints went on to seal the win by scoring on a five-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter and kept the Purple Dragons out of the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the four-yard line to protect the 42-12 lead.
Pittsburg went on to score one more touchdown on the strength of a three-yard run by Brandis Evans, but it was too late, as the Saints drained the final seconds of regulation to win the game.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.