Tonganoxie coach Steve Hughes knows the Chieftains' 21-7 win over Lansing on Friday night was crucial to the Kaw Valley League title chase.
He doesn't know yet the cost.
"It was a hard-fought ball game," Hughes said. "But it was a costly game. Robbie Calovich didn't play in the second half because he had water on his knee, and offensive guard Mike Starcher strained his knee. We hope they're not bad at this time, but we won't know until we get a little daylight behind it to really see what happened."
In other area games Friday night, McLouth lost to host Horton, 40-0, and Eudora fell to Savannah, Mo., 8-0, in Savannah.
TONGIE'S WIN moved the Chieftains into a three-way tie for the KVL lead. Tonganoxie, Perry-Lecompton and Leavenworth Immaculata are all 3-1 in the conference. Santa Fe Trail, a 14-12 loser to Perry-Lecompton Friday night, and Lansing fell to 2-2 in the league.
Running back Tom Low keyed the Cheiftains' ground game on Friday. He gained 114 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. John Keeler had a touchdown and 85 yards on 19 carries, and Calovich gained 61 yards and a TD on six totes.
"I was real pleased with what they did," Hughes said. "They ran the ball real well, and they had good offensive blocking for them. In the first half they really showed up ready to play."
In Savannah, the Cardinals were impressed with the much larger school, said coach Terry Gerstenberger.
"We were pleased," Gerstenberger said. "They've got something like 600 in their school. Our kids were kind of in awe to begin with. If they weren't that way to begin with, we would have been in a lot better shape."
Still, Eudora's defense allowed just a second-quarter touchdown.
"Part of it was this was the first game we didn't face a tiger as a mascot," Gerstenberger joked. "One of the first things the kids noticed was there were 150 kids in the band, it seemed like. Then the team came out in black, called the savages and all. It was a unique experience. I'm glad we went, but I'm upset we lost."
On Friday, McLouth (0-4), will travel to Eudora (1-3), and Tonganoxie (3-1) will host KVL foe Kansas City Piper.
TONGANOXIE 21, LANSING 7 Tonganoxie
T John Keeler 3 run (Jason Hicks kick)
T Robbie Calovich 34 run (Calovich run)
L Darren Darr 10 pass from Steve Moore (Moore kick)
T Tom Low 41 run (kick fail)
HORTON 40, McLOUTH 0 McLouth
H Kimlinck (2) 10 run, 3 run; Stone 65 punt return, Dorschng 76 run; Gilikison fumble recovery in end zone; Banks 5 interception return. PAT Kimlinck (4) run, Dorschng run, Thomas kick. SAVANNAH, Mo. 8, EUDORA 0 Eudora
FJ Savannah, Mo
(Scoring not available)