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Craw-Kan Team of the Week: Pittsburg Purple Dragons

PHS football has earned Craw-Kan Team of the Week.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Sep 26, 2016

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The Pittsburg High Purple Dragons, led by head coach Tom Nickelson, has earned the Craw-Kan "Your Community Technology Partner" Team of the Week for their week four 28-0 homecoming victory over rival Fort Scott on Friday night in Pittsburg.

The Dragons led 7-0 at halftime before scoring 21 second half points. PHS racked up 268 yards of total offense in the game and were led by junior quarterback Chase Curtis who had 128 passing yards with a touchdown and senior Elijah Harris who had 80 receiving yards. Senior Noah Vaughn led the rushing attack with 64 yards on the ground. Deveron Duncan, a senior defensive lineman, also had a 35 yard interception return for touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Dragons also got touchdowns from junior Jhalin Long and junior Drew Roelfs. 

Pittsburg, who is no longer part of the Southeast Kansas League in football, improved to 2-2 on the season. They have not allowed a point scored against Kansas competition through four weeks. The only two losses Pittsburg has suffered came to Missouri opponents, Harrisvonville (28-7) in week one, and Webb City (28-7) in week three, both squads that were ranked when PHS played them in Missouri Class 4. The Dragons will be at home this Friday as they host Andover Central (4A-I). Andover Central was the 4A-I state runner-up last fall but has started this season with a 0-4 record.


Craw-Kan “Your Technology Partner" and Sports in Kansas will once again be in partnership over the 2016-2017 school year to release a "Craw-Kan Team of the Week". 

"I am again excited for this partnership with Craw-Kan and highlighting teams from the SEK area to not only a local platform but also giving them statewide reach on our network," said Sports in Kansas Managing Partner, Chet Kuplen. "Not only does this help athletes and teams to be promoted for their achievements, it also lets the area know what all the new products that Craw-Kan has to offer, including new gigabit fiber now in the the area. Also that Craw-Kan is now in Frontenac and Pittsburg” 

"Craw-Kan offers all your technology needs in the area from internet to web design and cell phones to security systems." said Craw-Kan Marketing Manager, Zach Adams. "We have a lot of new products including the fastest internet in the area in the new gigabit fiber, we are also in Frontenac and Pittsburg with our service. We are very excited with all the new products we have to offer to the area."

Nominations will be accepted from every Friday-Sunday, with the "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" being released every Monday on Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.com). Teams must be nominated via email or twitter. 

Teams must be from the following leagues in the Southeast Kansas area to be eligible: SEK, CNC, TRL

Craw-Kan and Sports in Kansas will also partner in releasing a "All Craw-Kan Team" for the Southeast Kansas area after postseason play has wrapped up. 

How to nominate?

email: chetkuplen@kansas-sports.com