Jr. High teams split games against Clark in football
The Tonganoxie Warrior defense didn't allow a touchdown until the closing minutes last Wednesday against Clark Middle School in Bonner Springs, but a muffed punt in the first half helped Clark to a 14-6 win against the eighth-grade Warriors.
After Clark recovered the muffed punt for a touchdown in the end zone, Tonganoxie came back with its own score. On its scoring drive, Tonganoxie had long runs by Corey Doughty and Brandon Willis, then a 35-yard touchdown pass from Kelton Starcher to Doughty that tied the game at six.
Tonganoxie controlled the Clark offense until a 55-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes left in the game put Clark up for good.
Despite the big gain in the final minutes, Warrior coach John Barnes was happy with his team.
"Our players looked very impressive on defense," Barnes said.
Aaron Adcox, Alan Athon, Kurt Fleming and B.T. Fleming each had five or more tackles. Doughty and Garrett Kelly also had one interception each.
TJHS 7th-graders 8, Clark 0
The Tonganoxie seventh-grade football team has its first victory. The Warriors held Clark Middle School scoreless in an 8-0 win Wednesday in Tonganoxie.
The Warriors allowed just one first down in the shutout, but couldn't generate much offense themselves until Chris Smith scored late in the third quarter. The offensive line of Derek Parret, Jordan Herron, Justin McDaniel, Jon Ferris and Chris Folsom opened big holes on the touchdown drive. Daniel Volk made key rushing plays in the fourth quarter and helped run out the clock.
On defense, Justin McDaniel, Jacob Herrstrom and Bryan Morris led the team. The Warriors had several stops for losses, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass.
"Defensively, I was very impressed with our hitting," TJHS coach John Korb said. "Offensively, we have to cut down on the fumbles and mental mistakes."
One touchdown was called back in the first half, which worried Korb.
"I was concerned at halftime that the boys were losing faith in themselves," he said. "The third quarter we started to click as a team and gained confidence.
The B-team couldn't sweep the Bonner Springs school. Clark won 16-0.