Tonganoxie runs past Atchison

By Logan Jackson The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 13, 2013 - 10:10 PM

The Tonganoxie offensive attack was out in full force for the second straight week Friday night in Atchison.

After scoring 58 points in its opener, Tonganoxie, behind 318 rushing yards, scored six touchdowns on its way to a 41-14 victory past the Redmen.

“We’re still not getting to where we’re supposed to be defensively,” Atchison head coach Jim Smith said. “I think we’re running ourselves out.”

Tonganoxie did most of its damage during the second quarter. The Chieftains scored on all four of their possessions right before the break.

“You take away that second quarter; that’s when we got to chasing,” Smith said. “We got our head down a little bit and lost our focus. I really think that’s the whole thing with this group of kids. They’ve got to keep their focus.

“If they keep their focus, which I thought they did the whole second half, they’ll be OK.”

The game started well for the Redmen. They were the first team to get on the scoreboard, a six-play drive ended when quarterback Tanner Huntington found receiver Wade Gassmann for a 61-yard touchdown pass.

Atchison added a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead. Tonganoxie didn’t let the Redmen enjoy the lead for long, however.

The Chieftains put together an eight-play march of their own, scoring on Jared Sommers’ 1-yard run to tie the game at 8.

Huntington fumbled on the last play of the first quarter, and Tonganoxie took advantage. The Chieftains opened the explosive stanza with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Ford to Maleak Gibson.

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