CHANUTE -- As they did last season, Fort Scott's Tigers gave Chanute some fits in a season-ending game that the Blue Comets probably expected to be easier.
But, again, Chanute just had too much firepower and went on to clinch the Southeast Kansas League championship outright with a 42-20 victory over Fort Scott.
The Tigers ended the season with a 1-6 league record and a 1-8 overall mark, the worst for a Fort Scott teams since the 1982 team went 1-8. Chanute, which had already clinched a playoff berth, finished the regular season 7-1 in the SEK and 8-1 overall. The Comets will go on to a first-round playoff game Tuesday night as will Anderson County, which romped over Iola 38-0 to claim the second playoff spot out of the district.
Chanute held a 14-0 lead after Jared McComb scored the second of four touchdowns he would have on the night on a 2-yard plunge three seconds into the second quarter. He had also scored the Comets' first TD on a 6-yard run with 6:55 on the clock in the first quarter.
Chanute started the first scoring drive from its own 10-yard line and its second from its own 20.
The Tigers got on the board when Denzel Davis broke through from 36 yards out with 8:05 to go in the half. However, the extra-point kick was unsuccessful.
Griffin Knopp hauled in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Luke Brown with 4:31 to go to bring the Tigers within 14-12. They went for two points but the pass fell incomplete.
McComb, who rushed for 216 yards on 27 carries, scored on a 56-yard run for the Comets just 37 seconds later, making it 21-12 at the half.
T.J. Walls moved from running back to quarterback in the third quarter and scored two rushing touchdowns for Chanute. He ran in from 68 yards at 2:09 of the third period and 31 yards out with four seconds left, extending the Comet lead to 35-12.
McComb scored again from 17 yards out with 8:38 in the fourth. Fort Scott's Gary Floyd returned the ensuing kickoff about 70 yards and also hauled in the 2-point conversion pass from Trevor Swim.
Davis finished with 106 yards rushing for the Tigers on 13 carries. Chris Archie rushed 23 times for 80 yards.
Chanute gained 541 total yards to Fort Scott's 285. Tiger quarterbacks were a combined 8 of 26 for 84 yards.