Red wins scrimmage; season starts at Perry
The Red/White scrimmage allowed the Tonganoxie football team numerous running and passing plays, but big plays stayed on the ground. The Red team won 18-0 on three long rushing touchdowns.
The Red team, comprised mostly of the top offensive players, went against the best possible defense after offensive players were taken in a 45-minute scrimmage. The clock ran continuously during the scrimmage, and extra points were not attempted in the practice.
Tonganoxie then had a 15-minute scrimmage that mixed the teams up somewhat, and two two-minute offense drills were conducted at the end of the practice.
Tonganoxie coach Mark Elston said the practice was successful and was pleased with some of his younger players.
"We ran a lot of plays and the no huddle," Elston said. "I was really impressed with our freshmen."
Scoring overall in the scrimmage were Phil Evrard (2), Joe Sledd (2), Matt Alexander and Justin Walker.
The Chieftains will go from intrasquad to regular season when they play Perry-Lecompton at Perry on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Kaws are coming off a 1-8 season. They lost eight straight games after winning last year's opener against Tonganoxie 33-0. The Chieftains bounced back for a winning season, but key injuries hindered Perry-Lecompton's campaign.
"When you have 45-60 players, two players getting injured makes a big difference," Elston said.
The Kaws return this year with a healthy squad, something that concerns Elston.
"They're big up front," Elston said. "They come off the ball well and they're senior-dominated."
PLHS starts this year in the same situation as Tonganoxie and Elston did last year. Mike Paramore begins his first season as coach of the Kaws.