CHANUTE – The Blue Comets will have their 3rd head coach in the last 7 years in Chanute native Clete Frazell, who was a 14 year assistant before taking over the head coach headsets this season.
“I am pumped up to get started coaching the Blue Comet Football team here in Chanute. These kids are blessed to have some top-notch assistant coaches and I will rely on them to help me through this first season,” said Frazell. “Former head coach Chris Shields did a great job and left a program that was in good shape and we will be looking to hit the ground running in 2019”
Chanute is loaded with arguably one of the most teams in recent memory. Returning is fourth-year starter Ty Bowman, who is being recruited by Division 1 colleges, as well as senior running backs Tyler Davis and All-SEK Briley Peavy and wide receiver Jaden Costin. All-SEK Junior Garret Almond and will step up once again into the tightend position. The Comets will also have the rare-to-SEK advantage of having a field goal kicker in Jacob Adams, who has connected on 30+ yards in seasons past.
The front line for Chanute has been plagued with injuries the last few years, but with that brings a duo of seniors and plenty of juniors with varsity experience. Returning starters in Jacob McDonald, who was honored by being named All-SEK last season and Collin Hutson will hold the line upfront while senior Nolan Werner and junior Brayden Dillow look to contribute again.
“We have some really solid talent returning at key positions on both offense and defense. The young talent in the program also gets me excited about the future of the program,” noted Frazell.
Frazell’s Comets will also feature some decorated returners on defense such as All-SEK linebacker Tyler Davis and Garret Almond and upfront Jacob McDonald and Braden Dillow. Ballhawk defensive backs Briley Peavy and Jaden Costin will once again protect the secondary.
“Last seasons team was very talented but was devastated by injuries. Staying healthy will be a big key to a successful 2019 season.”
Chanute will have a balanced schedule that should give them a favorable seeding in the postseason. The Comets travel to a struggling Towanda-Circle program, but then will travel to 4A powerhouse Pittsburg in week 2. Three straight home games against long-time rival Iola, who the Comets hold a 30-year winning streak over but will be greatly improved, a rebuilding Ottawa squad, and Independence, who is also under the direction of a new head coach in former Neodesha coach John Black. The final three games will have Chanute traveling to a physical Fort Scott team, who’s new head coach Bo Graham was also a long time assistant for the Tigers, host an equally physical Coffeyville team and talented, speedy Labette County team.
The season looks bright for Chanute with the talent and a familiar coach directing the program as long as the injury bug stays away from the Blue Comet sideline.
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