Tonganoxie football struggles in ‘L’ to Turner
Lacking much production on either side of the ball Friday night at Beatty Field, the Tonganoxie High football team was in for a long night against Turner.
Just one of the Chieftains’ seven possessions ended with a touchdown. Meanwhile, the visiting Bears reached the end zone on each of their final four drives, producing a 36-6 victory.
With three punts, a missed field goal, halftime and an interception marking the end of Tonganoxie’s first six possessions, it wasn’t until the fourth quarter — already down 29 — that the Chieftains offense finally made its way across the goal line.
After two carries and 20 yards by Tonganoxie running back Shane Levy to open the fourth quarter, Tyler Zinser ran for four yards and a defensive holding call against Turner (2-2 overall, 2-1 Kaw Valley League) moved the Chieftains 33 yards away from the elusive end zone.
Finally, with 10 minutes left on the clock, junior quarterback Garret Elston found senior wide receiver Amos White, who had a step on a Bears defensive back, down the left sideline for a TD.
Turner scored on its first drive of the game, but the Tonganoxie (1-3, 1-3) defense managed to force punts on the Bears’ next two possessions before the visitors got rolling.
A third-down sack by Chieftains junior defensive lineman Ty Barton forced a punt on Turner’s second drive and freshman defensive back Jared Sommers successfully covered a would-be TD pass from Turner quarterback Nick Bloomer, who threw for four scores, on the Bears’ next possession.
At 7 p.m. Friday, the Chieftains, who have dropped three straight, play at Bonner Springs.
Turner 36, Tonganoxie 6
Score by quarters
Turner 8 7 14 7 — 36
Tong. 0 0 0 6 — 6
Tur. — Paul Berry 12 run. Eric Dougherty pass from Nick Rodriguez.
Tur. — Scott Cowan 13 pass from Nick Bloomer. Rodriguez kick.
Tur. — Dougherty 10 pass from Bloomer. Rodriguez kick.
Tur. — Dennis Clark 13 pass from Bloomer. Rodriguez kick.
Ton. — Amos White 33 pass from Garret Elston. Conversion failed.
Tur. — Scott 7 pass from Bloomer. Rodriguez kick.
Ton. rushing: Shane Levy 13-66, Garret Elston 10-48, Jared Sommers 6-29, Tyler Zinser 8-26.
Ton. passing: Garret Elston 3-11-70 2 interceptions.
Ton. receiving: Amos White 1-33, Tyler Zinser 1-20, Jared Sommers 1-17.