Perry-Lecompton nabs season debut from Tonganoxie
A new coaching staff. A new field complex. A new team. Nobody knew what to expect Friday night when the Chieftains opened their season against Perry-Lecompton.
The Kaws beat the Chieftains 33-0, but it was a game of two very different halves.
In the first half, it was a back-and-forth struggle for field position.
"The defense played fairly well in the first half," said Coach Mark Elston.
The Kaws were strong defensively, too, and neither team could get it going on offense.
"It was just a lot of little things," Elston said. "We had a lot of missed assignments and some executing problems."
But Perry-Lecompton eventually won the battle for field position in the closing seconds of the second quarter.
Knotted at zero with two minutes left in the half, Tonganoxie fumbled a snap and the Kaws recovered the ball 28 yards from the end zone.
After two quick plays, the Kaws had a first down at the 17-yard line.
Then the Chieftain defense held the Kaws on two consecutive running plays, making it third-and-seven.
But the Kaws finally broke through the Chieftain defense and moved the ball up to the 4-yard line with eight seconds left.
Perry-Lecompton scored on the next play.
The Chieftains blocked the extra point, but that didn't hurt the confidence the Kaws took to their locker room ahead 6-0 at halftime.
Perry-Lecompton began the second half just like it had left off in the first
Less than three minutes into the half, Perry-Lecompton had scored again, making it 12-0. The Kaws missed the extra point.
Though the first-half touchdown might have given Perry-Lecompton confidence going into the second half, Elston said it was the second score that hurt Tonganoxie the most.
"That score had a very big impact," Elston said. "Had we come out and stopped that first drive, it would have given us confidence."
The Kaws scored another touchdown and extra point in the third quarter. They scored 14 points in final period.
"They (the Chieftains) played alright," Elston said. "But it's a new system some of them understood it and some are still trying to learn."
Sophomore Andrew Miller broke his right leg last week in practice and will miss the season.
The Chieftains next game is 7 p.m. Friday here against Immaculata.