Tonganoxie blanks Perry-Lecompton, wins Kaw Valley League title
One championship down, another one potentially on the horizon.
Tonganoxie shut out Perry-Lecompton, 21-0, Friday at Perry-Lecompton. The win clinched an outright Kaw Valley League title for the Chieftains this year after THS shared the league title with Lansing and Perry-Lecompton last year.
The win also pushed Tonganoxie's district record to 1-0 with two games left in the regular season. If THS can win the next two games, they can cap a perfect 9-0 regular season and add another trophy to the locker room -- a district title.
But to do that, the Chieftains must defeat Atchison, a team that also is undefeated heading into district showdown Friday at Amelia Earhart Stadium in Atchison.
"Each week the competition gets tougher and tougher," THS coach Mark Elston said. "To be the best, you've got to beat the best."
Tonganoxie got off to a good start against Perry-Lecompton, which was 5-1 entering the game and looking to avenge last year's 24-21 overtime loss to Tonganoxie in last year's regular-season finale. That loss prevented PLHS from assembling a perfect winning season.
THS didn't waste anytime scoring against the Kaws Friday in Perry. On its first possession, THS marched 84 yards on eight plays for their first score, which came with 8:19 left in the first quarter.
Daniel Volk scored that touchdown on a 9-yard run. He also scored the Chieftains' other two touchdowns on runs of six yards in the second quarter and one yard in the third.
Volk rushed for 128 yards on 21 carries, while Daniel Volk rushed for 121 yards on 15 plays. Jeff Hughes had 84 yards on 14 carries.
Volk was the big story Friday, but he wouldn't take credit for the yardage.
"The offensive line did an excellent job," Volk said.
Overall, the Chieftains, as they've done much of the year, racked up plenty of rushing yards. On Friday, they had a whopping 350 rushing yards and 40 passing yards.
Although the offense has been a strength this year, that Tonganoxie defense continues to suffocate opposing offenses as well.
Against Perry-Lecompton, Tonganoxie allowed 118 rushing yards and just 36 passing yards.
Tonganoxie had two interceptions -- one by Tyler Miles and the other by Isiah Sawyer.
As for tackles, Derek Parrett and Wes Armstrong led the team with 10 each, while Zeb Kissinger (9), Justin McDaniel (9) and Bryan Morris (8) also had several tackles.
Perry-Lecompton had one last shot at the end zone late in the fourth quarter, but Tonganoxie stopped the drive on the 10 with an interception.
The defense now has pitched two straight shutouts, the other coming Oct. 6 against Basehor-Linwood.
Now Tonganoxie will look to beat Atchison on its home field, a place the Chieftains fell in the 2002 and 2003 playoffs.
"We know they'll have some speed," Elston said. "On turf they'll be even faster."
Atchison plays on artificial turf, which THS played on earlier this season at Bonner Springs.
For Volk, he'd like to have a better memory of Amelia Earhart Stadium. As a freshman, he watched as Atchison ended Tonganoxie's season with a 39-0 rout in bi-district play.
Tonganoxie 21, Perry-Lecompton 0
Score by quarters
Tonganoxie 7 7 7 0 -- 21
Perry-Lecompton 0 0 0 0 -- 0
How they scored
T -- Daniel Volk 9 run (Jeff Hughes kick)
T -- Volk 6 run (Hughes kick)
T -- Volk 1 run (Hughes kick)