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Pittsburg State football manhandles UIndy, will play defending National Champs Saturday

Derek Livingston

Pittsburg State football moved on to the second round of the Division II NCAA playoffs Saturday with a dominating victory over the University of Indianapolis. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

The Gorillas shut out the UIndy Greyhounds, 35-0, on a cold and sunny Saturday afternoon at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg.

Pittsburg State's special teams got the Gorillas on the board early with a 97-yard kickoff return on the game's opening play. Pittsburg State play-by-play announcer Eddie Lomshek with the call.

"Far side at the three-yard line, near side at the 10, he's at the 15, 20, catches the seam, 25, 30, only the kicker to beat at the 40. Kobe Katlis is going to go, the 20, the 10, the 5, touchdown Gorillas."

The Gorilla's defense forced six turnovers, including five interceptions. The victory sends the MIAA champion onto the second round, where Pitt State, now 12-0, will meet the 5th-ranked Ferris State University Bulldogs next Saturday in Big Rapids, Mich.

The defending NCAA Division II national champions, who are 10-1 this season, posted a 41-7 victory over Davenport University Saturday in their first-round match-up. Kickoff between the Gorillas and Bulldogs in Michigan this Saturday at noon.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.