PITTSBURG — Caden Bressler’s 22-yard field goal kick late in the fourth quarter pushed the Pittsburg Purple Dragons over visiting Fort Scott 17-14 on Friday.
Fort Scott launched a spirited comeback in the fourth quarter, but for the second consecutive week Pittsburg grabbed the win late in the game.
“The coaches do a great job of preparing us for these situations in practice, which allows us to keep our composure in tight games.” said Pittsburg quarterback Ty Roark.
Roark rolled to his right on a play-action pass and found Senior Brett Weimers for a 20-yard strike to give the Purple Dragons an early 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
It was the first of two touchdown passes for Roark in the game.
“The amount of playmakers that we have makes my job easy.” said Roark.
Although Fort Scott halfback Alec Michaud found daylight for a few decent-size runs, the Pittsburg defense did a good job overall in swallowing the Tigers rushing attack in the first half.
Midway into the second quarter, Pittsburg’s Dylan White grabbed an acrobatic, one-handed interception down the left sideline.
White’s touchdown return would be called back on a clipping penalty, but Roark would capitalize on the turnover, finding Weimers for their second touchdown connection.
After the Tigers forced a three-and-out to open the second half of play, Purple Dragon Dylan Jordan came around the edge and sacked Campbell as he released the ball, forcing a fumble that Fort Scott pounced on.
However, Fort Scott’s offense would show signs of life in the fourth quarter.
Dalton Colvin capped off the opening Fort Scott drive of the quarter with a 7-yard rushing score.
The Tigers converted their two-point conversion attempt to cut the lead to 14-8.
After stopping the Purple Dragons once again, Campbell found Ty Gorman down the sideline and dropped a beautiful pass to the back of the endzone for a 20-yard touchdown to tie the score.
Pittsburg snuffed out the Tigers fake field goal attempt to keep the score knotted at 14-14.
Pittsburg’s Brett Freeman responded on the next Purple Dragon possession, taking a toss 23-yards to spark the offense.
Jordan and Brandis Evans would also rush for big plays on the drive, which culminated in Bressler’s field goal with 1:19 remaining to break the tie.