Football team loses first district game
There wasn't much for Tonganoxie fans to cheer for after the game Friday at Gardner.
In fact there wasn't much to cheer for after Tonganoxie punted after receiving the opening kick off and running only three plays.
Jeff Strack, a senior running back for Gardner-Edgerton, took the handoff on the next play and ran 56 yards for a touchdown.
The next series was almost the same. Three downs and out for the Chieftains, then a long run on first down by the Trailblazers 38 yards for quarterback Brian Rall.
Four plays later, Gardner-Edgerton had scored again.
The Trailblazers scored 28 points in the first quarter, and Tonganoxie was never really in the game.
The Chieftains' first chance to score came during the second quarter.
Jacob Sledd set up the drive with a kick off return to the Tonganoxie 48 yard line.
The offense moved the ball to the Trailblazer 30.
After a nine-play drive, Ryan Lowe attempted a 47-yard field goal. But the Trailblazers blocked the kick.
The Trailblazers led 34-0 at halftime and added 20 points in the second half.
Tonganoxie added a touchdown late in the fourth quarter with a 70-yard drive.
Barnes completed two passes for eight yards. He also carried the ball four times for 22 yards including a six-yard touchdown run.
DeSoto comes to town Friday for the second of three district games. DeSoto lost to Eudora last week in district play.
It will be senior night the final home game for the Chieftains this season.
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