Heat tests football team’s conditioning
Tonganoxie High School football players got their first tastes of game action Friday, when they battled early evening heat and each other in the annual Chieftain red and white game.
The game, held at 7 p.m. at the high school football field, was the first test of the teams readiness for the season, which starts with a home game Friday against Perry.
It will be Coach Mark Elstons Tonganoxie coaching debut.
Elston said his team did pretty well in the scrimmage, though there was room for improvement.
We didnt do everything we had wanted to, but the conditioning was there, Elston said. We just need to do more repetitions. The things were trying to do come with time.
Assistant coach Matt Bond agreed.
We had good effort X pretty good enthusiasm, he said last weekend. Now weve got four days to iron some things out.
In the game, the freshmen class did a good job playing with the teams upperclassmen.
I was really impressed with some of them, Bond said.
Elston said he was also impressed with the defense, which played strong and got to the ball several times during the game.
But usually when the defenses are playing well, the offenses are not. And, Elston said, that was the case in the scrimmage.
We obviously need to get crisper on offense, he said. We need to get more aggressive and understand its fine if you make a mistake as long as youre going all out.
He said that his offense didnt play that badly, but that it was a little tentative early on, which is a common pre-season wrinkle that time and coaching can iron out.
After they got warmed up, they did just fine, Elston said.
He added that when the Chieftains play Perry on Friday that just seeing an opponent whos not also a teammate will be enough to warm them up.
The just need to hit a different colored jersey, Elston said. Theyre getting tired of hitting each other.
Elston said he and his team both know how important Fridays game is.
You never know till the first game where you stand, he said.
The junior varsity squad plays its first game at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Perry.