Plainsmen bring gridiron to Tonganoxie area
The area's newest sport team began play in style last weekend in McClouth when the Kansas Plainsmen beat the Iowa Storm.
The Plainsmen, a minor league football team, won the game 69-0.
"We knew the Storm was rebuilding," said coach John Howell. "I'm glad we were able to put them away early."
The Plainsmen had the Storm's number from the very beginning.
After winning the coin toss, the Storm ran three plays and punted.
The Plainsmen started their drive from the 45 yard line.
On the first play, the Plainsmen threw a pass for a touchdown but it was called back because of holding.
The second play saw the Plainsmen move 25 yards up the field on a running play, after which quarterback Anthony Rainey ran it in for the score.
The extra point was good, and the Plainsmen led 7-0.
The Storm received the kick-off and ran a couple of plays before the Plainsmen intercepted a pass and quickly got back in the end zone.
The extra point was good, and the Plainsmen lead 14-0.
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By halftime the Plainsmen had put 35 points on the scoreboard.
"We tried to put some other people in after the half," Howell said. "It's not our style to run up the score like that."
But with such strong play, it was difficult not to run up the score.
The Plainsmen defense, featuring free safety Alvarez McClullough and nose tackle Frank Garcia, did more than its share. Besides stopping the Storm cold, the defense also put some numbers on the scoreboard.
"In the second half we had two interceptions run back for touchdowns," he said. "You can't tell your team not to score."
Howell said that his offensive backfield was superb throughout the game but that the receivers struggled a bit, dropping several passes.
Three men who played for local high schools also helped the team to victory. Brian Jock, who played for Bonner Springs, as well as Jason Carr and Dennis Gurnsey, both from Tonganoxie, all play for the Plainsmen.
The team's next home game is July 22 against the Nebraska Trailblazer.