Archive for Saturday, September 1, 2001

Perry-Lecompton football

September 1, 2001

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— While Baska, who ran the ball seven times for 108 yards, might have been inspired by the whistle, it might have surprised the Kaws, who turned the ball over eight times.

"You can't turn the ball over that much and win a game," said Kaws head coach Mike Paramore. "Give Tonganoxie credit, but we beat ourselves. We haven't really had much trouble with this in practice, but this is the first time they've seen live bullets."

Despite all the turnovers, Perry-Lecompton (0-1) had a chance to tie halfway through the third quarter. Junior Noah Rees ripped off runs of 23 and 25 yards to give the Kaws a first-and-goal at the Chieftains' nine-yard line.

But after four running plays, all the Kaws could manage was six yards.

"Noah gave us a spark there," Paramore said. "Jared Swafford was out and we needed someone to do something and he did. But I think that might have got some of our guys down after we couldn't score and we can't have that."

Those two runs were the only carries in the second half that went for more than 10 yards for the Kaws. They finished with 189 yards on 39 carries, and Tonganoxie totaled 239 yards on 51 carries.

Swafford, who ran for 60 yards on 11 carries, injured his left shoulder while making a tackle during the third quarter and missed most of the second half. He said he expected it to be better by next week.

In the first half, Perry-Lecompton outplayed Tonganoxie (1-0), but because of four turnovers the Kaws had nothing to show for it. They gained 126 yards on 24 carries compared to the Chieftains' 72 yards on 25 carries.

They even made a goal-line stand.

Chuck Riddle intercepted Kaw quarterback Zack Engel at Perry's 25-yard line and returned it to the six, but Tonganoxie could not put the ball in the end zone on four plays.

"We didn't line up right on that play and they jammed the middle on us," Tonganoxie coach Mark Eleton said. "This is a young team and it was just jitters."

Perry took the ball inches in front of its own goal line and Swafford broke loose along the Tonganoxie sideline for a 38-yard gain to the Chieftains' 44-yard line. But two plays after that the Kaws fumbled the ball away.

"That is an instance where we made a huge stop and had some momentum going," Paramore said. "Jared gets a big run and then we fumble the ball. You can't do things like that and win games."

The Kaws fumbled three times and were intercepted five times. Engel threw all of the interceptions and completed two of 14 passes for 32 yards. Backup Adam Painter missed on his only attempt during two offensive series.

Baska and Riddle both made two interceptions and James Hartshorn picked off one pass.

"Those two guys have been neck-and-neck in practice," Paramore said. "I wanted to give both of them a shot to see what they could do. We'll watch more this week to see what happens next Friday."

Engel said he wanted to forget Friday's game and look forward.

"We just have to go out there next week and pin it on during practice," the senior said. "There's no reason to dwell on this game."

Tonganoxie 20, Perry-Lecompton 0

Tonganoxie (1-0) 0 8 0 12 - 20

Perry (0-1) 0 0 0 0 - 0

T -- Troy Morando 3-yard run. Morando pass to Mitchell McGinnis for 2-points.

T -- Billy Baska 19-yard run. Pat Weyer kick blocked.

T -- Billy Baska 72-yard run. Two-point conversion fail.

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