Chanute defense shines in 5-game winning streak

The Blue Comets have won five straight - including three consecutive shutouts.

CHANUTE, Kan. – The Chanute Blue Comets are winning games – and they’re having fun doing it.

“We’re having a lot of fun, man,” says head coach Clete Frazell with a smile, “We have a great group of kids who are fun to be around. They’re fun to coach. They play hard. We have a fun group of coaches to be around. It’s been a really fun year.”

Chanute has reeled off five consecutive wins heading into their week 7 matchup against Field Kindley.

Their defense has been particularly good during their five game winning streak, pitching three consecutive shutouts and only allowing 15 total points in that 5-game span.

“First of all, we have great kids and great coaches,” Frazell says of the success of his defense, “Coach Keeley is our defensive coordinator. He’s a young guy. We got Luke Hall, a GA from Fort Hays State University. He does a very good job getting kids prepared. Then we have our two veteran coaches in Kent Frazell and Rusty Emling. They’re getting the kids prepared every week. The kids know what plays are coming before the ball is even snapped and they’re playing fast. That’s been the biggest key, just great kids and the coaching has been spot on.”

While their defense has been dominant, the offense has certainly done its part as well in the last month.

The Blue Comets are averaging 32 points per game this season, including 38 per game over their 5-game winning streak.

Quarterback Eric Erbe has thrown for 1,032 yards this season with 11 touchdowns. Four Chanute receivers have more than 100 receiving yards this season. Erbe has also rushed for 103 yards and another touchdown.

Ty Leedy leads the backfield for the Blue Comets, piling up 687 yards on just 78 carries (8.8 YPC) with 12 touchdowns.

Frazell says it’s the guys up front who are making all of it work.

“Our offensive line has been strong. They’ve been a strength of our team in recent weeks,” Frazell says, “Our skill players have made plays. We’ve kind of started to put it all together, skill players and offensive line. The running backs have been running the ball well. Both sides have looked sharp. We just have to stay focused and keep the ball rolling and remember what got us to this point.”

The team has won five games in a row, but they didn’t get off to the start they wanted to back in September, falling to the Circle Thunderbirds in their season opener.

Frazell says that game was a bit of a wake up call for Chanute, and it helped kick start the success they’ve had over the last five weeks.

“I think we were a little over-confident going into game one and we didn’t do the little things right,” Frazell says, “When you don’t do the little things right, bad things happen. That’s what happened the first game of the year. It was a great wake up call for us, and I think it’s propelled our season in the right direction.”

The Blue Comets have been dominant the last month. They hope to continue that in the final two weeks of the regular season – and make sure they’re playing their best football when the playoffs roll around in three weeks.

“It’s going to be huge for us to stay focused these next few weeks,” Frazell says, “We like to tell our guys to worry about what we do, not the opponents we play. What we really have to do is focus on getting ourselves better, getting ourselves prepared and taking steps in the right direction before the playoffs start.”