PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Purple Dragons built a 27-10 lead against Blue Valley North, and outlasted a late Mustang surge to grab a 34-31 win against the defending Kansas 6A champions.

Joel Kafka intercepted a pass from Wisconsin-commit Graham Mertz and returned it for a touchdown to give Pittsburg a early 7-0 lead.

Mertz scored on a quarterback sneak early in the contest, but would leave the game in the first quarter with a leg injury.

Pittsburg’s Dylan White would come up big in the first half scoring two touchdowns. White’s first touchdown would come on a 39-yard strike from Ty Roark to give Pittsburg a 14-10.

White would add to the Purple Dragon lead late in the second quarter, returning a interception 97 yards for his second touchdown.

Kafka pushed the lead to 27-10 on a touchdown reception from Roark.

Freshman Henry Martin would lead the Mustangs back into the game in the second half, tossing three touchdown passes, including a touchdown pass with 10:47 minutes in the fourth quarter to take a 31-27 lead.

Roark led the Purple Dragons on a 90-yard touchdown drive, culminating into a 17-yard touchdown pass to Brett Freeman to give Pittsburg a late 34-31 advantage.

Pittsburg intercepted a Martin pass with under a minute remaining to seal the win.

Check Sunday’s edition of the Morning Sun for a complete breakdown.