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Gorillas fall to Quincy; English posts double-double for Gorillas

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State falls to Quincy 82-58 Friday night at the Pitt State Classic.

Marque English posts a double-double for the Gorillas with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Pitt State will be back in action Saturday night vs. Illinois-Springfield at 7:30 PM.

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Pittsburg to face defending champion Mill Valley in state quarterfinals

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg Purple Dragons will in the 5A state quarterfinals this Friday night – after claiming a regional championship last week in a 28-0 victory over KC-Sumner.

The Purple Dragons will have to go through the defending 5A state champion Mill Valley Jaguars Friday to keep their season alive and move on to the final four in the 5A state bracket.

“They’re a good team. Everyone knows that. Everyone in the state of Kansas knows that,” says Pittsburg junior Wyatt Rink, “We’re here to dethrone the kings. That’s how we roll. We’re ready to go.”

“They’re always the top dogs,” says Pittsburg senior JJ White on Mill Valley, “They’ve won state the last couple years, but why not us? Everybody at the start of the season was saying this is the worst team PHS has had in a couple years, and we went out and won a regional title for the first time in five years. Our confidence is up. We have a new head coach and we love him. He brings the energy every day. Everybody is bought in and everybody believes.”

Pittsburg has been on a roll recently.

After an 0-2 start to the season, the Purple Dragons have won 7 of their last 8 games heading into Friday’s game.

“Starting 0-2 isn’t fun. Since that 0-2 start we’ve only lost one game. It feels good to be on a roll,” Rink says, “I’m ready to stay on a roll and keep going.”

“Our confidence is a lot higher. A lot has changed. From week one to now is so much different,” White adds, “There’s so much more energy and everybody is bought in. It’s just a whole new football team.”

“We just want to welcome the challenge,” says head coach Josh Lattimer on Friday’s game, “These kids are answering the call every week when we step on the field. Right now, they’ll play anybody.”

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Pittsburg tops Labette County; Lattimer gets first win

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pittsburg tops Labette County 28-20 Friday night for their first win under head coach Josh Lattimer.

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Pittsburg looks for first win against former SEK rival Labette County

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg Purple Dragons host the Labette County Grizzlies on Friday night, aiming for their first win under head coach Josh Lattimer.

The Purple Dragons and Grizzlies are both 0-2 heading into Friday’s matchup.

Pittsburg is an independent program, and is no longer part of the SEK league – but these old league rivalry games against teams like Chanute, Fort Scott and Labette County still mean something to the Purple Dragons.

“They always are going to mean something,” says Pittsburg head coach Josh Lattimer, “This is southeast Kansas. You can having bragging rights on who beats who and all that. You have to give everybody your best shot anyway. Paper doesn’t win you games. Going out and actually playing, and executing alignment, assignment and execution wins you games.”

“Those are my favorite games for us. Those games are still important, regardless of our status as an independent team,” says Pittsburg junior RB/LB Wyatt Rink, “Those old SEK rivalries still mean a lot. We just have to show that we’re on top of the SEK as always.”

“Everybody always wants to give the Dragons their best,” Lattimer adds, “They’re going to come out and give us their best shot. We have to be prepared for that and ready to go.”

The Purple Dragons’ two losses have been an overtime loss to Emporia in week one, and a 28-13 loss to another former SEK rival Chanute last week.

While 0-2 isn’t where they wanted to be after two weeks – those first two games have been learning experiences for a younger Pittsburg roster.

“We knew the first two games were going to be a little bit rough and they were going to be tougher games,” Rink says, “We tried to keep our heads on straight. That was our biggest thing in those two games was just keeping our heads on straight, and just worrying about the next game after that first loss.”

“The energy they have…we’re making mistakes, but we’re going 100 miles per hour,” Lattimer says, “You want that. Not that you want mistakes, but at least they’re playing hard. All the mistakes that we’ve made are very, very correctable.”

Friday night’s game begins at 7 PM in Pittsburg. You can check out highlights Friday night on KOAM at 10 PM and FOX 14 at 11 PM.

 

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Pittsburg begins fall practice in first season under HC Josh Lattimer

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) The Pittsburg Purple Dragons hit the field for their first fall practice in their first season under head coach Josh Lattimer.

Check out more from the Purple Dragons in our 2022 KOAM Pigskin Preview.