Eighth-grade football team wins first game of season
Tonganoxie's eight-grade football team played its best game of the season Sept. 19 against Perry-Lecompton, beating the team 22-8.
Perry-Lecompton got on the board first, scoring a touchdown early in the first.
But Tonganoxie turned its defense on, stopping Perry-Lecompton cold for the remainder of the game.
But while the defense was holding the Kaws scoreless, the Warrior's offense was scorching.
Several players got it done on both sides of the ball.
In the game Ross Starcher scored one touchdown and grabbed two interceptions.
Tony Aragon scored two touchdowns and grabbed one interception.
Coach John Barnes said that every member of his team showed up to play hard-nosed football.
The king of the hard noses was Brad Willis, who lead the team with seven tackles.
All told, Tonganoxie posted 202 yards of offense in the game.
The win, Tonganoxie's first of the season, brings its record to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in league play.
"Our offense finally gelled," Barnes said. "And I was real happy to get our first win."
The Warriors saw action again this week, when they took on Piper at home on Tuesday.
Ninth-grade football team wins first game of season
The Chieftain varsity quad isn't the only Tonganoxi High School team that has seen action recently.
In the past couple of weeks the junior varsity and the ninth-grade teams have been showing other area school what they are made of.
Last Friday the junior varsity squad, led by strong play from quarterback Shane Howard and runningback .Justin Lacey, beat DeSoto 14-0.
Coach Bill DeWitt said that his team won the game because of it;s aggressiveness, even though that same aggression caused many penalties.
Coach Dewitt said it also led to sloppy-looking play at times.
"We still have lots to work on, but we did what we needed to to win the game," DeWitt said. The junior varsity's record is 2-1.
The freshman team is also playing well this season.
The team has compiled a 3-0 record.
The team's most recent victim was Pleasant ridge on Sept. 14.
The Chieftains beat the team 16-6
Sept. 26H.S. varsity at DeSoto 18-0
Sept. 25 H.S. J.V. vs. DeSoto 14-0
Sept. 19 Eighth-grade at P-L 22-8
Sept. 14 Ninth-grade vs. Pleasant Ridge 16-5
Sept. 19 H.S varsity at home
vs. Piper win 15-6, 15-7
vs. P-L loss 4-15, 18-16, 14-16
Sept. 23 H.S varsity tournament at home
vs. KCC win 15-12, 15-2
vs. Effingham loss 11-15, 11-15
vs. Hiawatha loss 7-15, 6-15
vs. Great Bend loss 4-15, 12-15
vs. P-L win 15-10, 15-10
Sept. 19 H.S junior varsity at home
vs. P-L win 15-5, 15-12
vs. Piper win 15-11, 9-15, 15-8
vs. P-L win 15-5, 15-12