October 12, 2018
Tonganoxie High football
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Once upon a local high school league, Tonganoxie and Paola were conference foes and played often. Both THS and Paola were members of the Pioneer League for 13 years, but the last time the teams played was in 1982. The two teams now are in the same conference again with Tonganoxie joining the Frontier League this year, but Paola was the only league Tonganoxie did not face during the regular season.
Tonganoxie will try to win its seventh straight game tonight, but more importantly, advance to the next round of the playoffs. THS (6-2) is host to Chanute (4-4) at 7 p.m. Friday at Beatty Field in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. This marks the first victory between the two schools. The winner of this game will take on the winner of Paola-Baldwin next Friday.
The Tonganoxie High defense managed its first shutout of the season Friday in a 20-0 victory against Baldwin at Beatty Field. The Chieftains held the visiting Bulldogs to two first downs and just 35 plays compared to Tonganoxie’s 18 first downs and 68 plays.
Tonganoxie and Baldwin are fairly close geographically, but the two schools from neighboring counties have met just 15 times since 1941. Tonganoxie leads the series, 9-6. Baldwin won the first meeting, 20-0, in 1941, according to THS alum and local football historian Jeff Hughes.