by David Brox, email@example.com
I got a chance to head west down state avenue to check out the Tonganoxie Chieftains take on Eudora. It is still early but I walked away impressed with this senior filled team. Outside 2 first half turnovers Tonganoxie controlled and dominated the game. On my way in I saw their banners of accomplishments in football. 2012 was a strong year for Al Troyer and the Chieftains but 2017 they have a shot again at making some noise.
There are a few players I want to mention that are going to make this team go this year. I spotted LeeRoi Johnson during his sophomore year and time sure flies by. Now sporting the number 45 Johnson stands 6’0 282 pounds and he is a flat handful playing DT. The life of an interior lineman is hard as he faced constant double teams but he was effective in getting consistent penetration. He has definitely bulked up and was able to play a lot of downs on both sides of the ball. Colleges should be looking at this young man as he is getting an opportunity to show his versatility on offense. Why the number switch? I was surprised to see him playing FB/Slot back
in their base package. He was dominant blocking but was effective catching the football. I know I wouldn’t want this kid coming at me at full speed but a couple of Eudora players were faced with just that.
The Chieftain backfield is loaded up this year as QB Mason Beach enters his senior year along side RB’s Korbin Riedel and Justin Hand. This Chieftain Chimera provides a lot of play making ability as any of the 3 are able to effectively run with the football. Hand broke free a few times and shows power while Riedel and Beach danced around effectively. Beach knows the feedback on him and that is the ability to stay on the field. The last 2 seasons have been cut short due to tough luck injuries and the Chieftains season’s have faded. When he is on the field this team is dominant. With an experienced offensive line they have a shot in the KVL this year.
One note as well how much I enjoy games at Tonganoxie. The people are always real nice and the town is engaged with this team. Perhaps for good reason as they have the look and feel of the 2012 squad that made a run in the playoffs.
Chieftains 35-7 over Eudora
Piper got smacked in their home opener against Louisburg 35-7. Dalton White with the lone TD for the Pirates.
Basehor-Linwood were 38-0 winners over Spring Hill.
Turner Golden Bears got their first win of the season defeating Washington 28-6. Jaylin Richardson with a huge night scoring 4 times. I will look for some film as Richardson is someone I didn’t think of before the season. Richardson really shined last year playing basketball and I think highly of him as an athlete. I am real glad to see him excelling at football.
Bonner Springs was not able to get anything going against Desoto and fall 36-0
Wyandotte Bulldogs get an early season win against the Harmon Hawks 28-0
Atchison with a statement win at home against Sumner Academy 40-14. I will be at Schlagle next week to watch the showdown as the league is likely decided there. Schlagle plays again on Saturday.
Mill Valley rebounded nicely against Blue Valley Northwest 35-14.
Lansing defeated Bishop Ward 67-0.
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