Making a hole

CHS quarterback Ty Bowman does a fake handoff to CHS running back Briley Peavy before Bowman hands the ball off to CHS running back Tyler Davis as offensive linemen Brayden Dillow, left, and Jacob McDonald block hard during the play. Chanute would end up winning 24-0 over Circle High School on Sept. 6, 2019 in Towanda.


Briley Peavy and the Chanute Blue Comets dazzled in the first game of the season.

On the very first play of the game versus Circle High School in Towanda last week, he returned an 82-yard kickoff for a touchdown. And in the first quarter, he caught a 67-yard pass play from starting quarterback Ty Bowman.

Other scores were generated from Bowman, who scored from an 11-yard keeper in the second quarter, and Jacob Adams in the first quarter booted an 18-yard field goal.

In order to get these plays to work, the offensive line and special teams need to block well. First-year head coach Clete Frazell said his team blocked well on those two big plays: the first play of the game and the deep left sideline pass to Peavy.

“On those two particular plays that you talked about, we blocked really well,” Frazell said. “We didn’t block really well all night, but those particular plays – that’s what happens when we do well.”

For the game’s first score, Frazell was in awe of how well his special teams stepped up to the task to get a body on anyone preventing Peavy from scoring.

“We just had a group of guys that all got a body on body, and Briley hit a seam, and it was awesome,” Frazell said.

In a game in which the Blue Comets put up 24 points in the first half — and for the game — Frazell said that for the most part, the offensive line did well in pass protecting. And based on film and superior blocking, the 15-year CHS football coach prognosticated the play would work well in the end.

“They gave us some pressure sometimes, but those guys are an experienced group, and they did a good job on giving us time on that play (67-yard pass play),” Frazell commented. Anytime you throw a five-step pass, it’s a little longer in development and you risk giving yourself a chance to get sacked. The offensive line did a nice job of stepping up and giving us time.”

At a cursory glance, the team was a well-oiled machine Friday. But some blemishes on the game might come up in film review. One of those was run blocking.

Frazell said he would like his unit to maintain focus throughout the entire blocking process. Time and time again, there were several plays where his unit was just one block away from his running backs busting loose for a big gain. He attributes these missed assignments to first-game jitters.

“We were just one missed assignment from a lot of big-run plays,” he said. “It was first-game jitters and mental mistakes and things that they have done perfect in practice for two weeks. We just had some slip-ups mentally. Once we got in the game, we made those mistakes in the game that we haven’t been making in practice, so that’s what we are going to try and clean up this week.”

The offensive line and the team as a whole will try and improve upon their film review smudges today, 7 pm versus Pittsburg in Pittsburg.

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