Chieftains charge toward KVL crown
Tyler Miles hasn't been open very often in recent weeks, but the receiver made a catch that set the tone early for Tonganoxie on Friday at Santa Fe Trail.
On a play-action play, THS senior quarterback Jeff Hughes connected with his classmate for a 56-yard touchdown reception that helped put the Chieftains up, 7-0.
"The last few weeks I've been under wraps like nobody's business," Miles said. "I haven't seen that much green grass in three weeks."
Miles hauled in another touchdown catch, a five-yard reception, also in the first, as THS sprinted to an early 14-0 lead.
Tonganoxie scored again on a Daniel Volk run late in the first quarter. The Chieftains were on pace to score 80 points, but a rough second quarter put the kibosh on Tonganoxie's scoring spree. SFT also came to life on offense with a 41-touchdown run by Corey Wells.
At halftime, Tonganoxie held a 21-6 lead.
Miles said he thought the Chieftains settled into a comfort zone after assembling so many points so quickly.
"I think we flat-lined a little bit, which I think is something we don't need to do," Miles said. "We had a bad second quarter. I think we came into the second quarter big-headed."
THS coach Mark Elston referred to the halftime speech as "colorful." And his players responded to his talk.
"Every play is important and you can't take a down off," Elston said.
The Chieftain coach said it's normal to have a bit of a lapse after scoring so many points so quickly, but he thought his team bounced back and played well in the second half.
Tonganoxie continued its success with 479 yards of offense. THS earned 346 yards on the ground, including Jeff Hughes' 171 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns, one a 53-yard scamper. Daniel Volk also had two rushing
touchdowns and 77 yards on 23 carries. Todd Brown (54 yards on seven carries) and Beau Bissett (30 yards on seven carries) also rushed for the Chieftains.
Hughes was 7-for-11 passing with 133 yards and two passing touchdowns, both to Miles, who had 83 yards on four receptions. Volk, Brown and Kissinger each had receptions also.
Defensively, Kissinger and Volk each had an interception, while Volk, Justin McDaniel and Derek Parrett led the team in tackles with nine each. Kissinger, Armstrong and Morris each had eight tackles, while Miles tallied seven.
The suffocating defense again held its opponent to low yardage, as SFT rushed for 117 yards and passed for just 48.
Tonganoxie, now 5-0 overall and 5-0 in Kaw Valley League, will play Basehor-Linwood at 7 p.m. Friday at Beatty Field. The contest is Tonganoxie's homecoming game and will be the Chieftains' final game before district play begins Oct. 13 at Perry-Lecompton. The Kaws also are 5-0 on the season.
Two junior football players who did not play the last two weeks because of alleged marijuana use will be available to play Friday. They will return to school Friday, Elston said.
Tonganoxie 42, Santa Fe Trail 6
Score by quarters
Tonganoxie 21 0 7 14 -- 42
Santa Fe Trail 0 6 0 0 -- 6
How they scored
T -- Miles 56 pass from Hughes (kick good)
T -- Miles 5 pass from Hughes (kick good)
T -- Volk 1 run (kick good)
SFT -- Wells 41 run (kick failed)
T -- Volk 1 run (kick good)
T -- Hughes 7 run (kick good)
T -- Hughes 53 run (kick good)