Search continues for first victory
DeSoto was geared for a win against Tonganoxie Friday night as turbulent clouds formed to the north.
DeSoto sophomore Michael Allen returned the game's opening kickoff 57 yards to seemingly spark the winless Wildcats. However, lightning sparked in the sky and the game was postponed.
In the rescheduled game the next day, Allen picked up where he left off, apparently putting the Wildcats on the board first for the first time this season. This time a penalty, not lightning hurt the Wildcats and DeSoto's surge was finished.
Tonganoxie won 18-0, to earn its first win of the season.
DeSoto coach Brad Scott said fumbles, penalties and bad punts hurt his team, but the penalty after the first touchdown was pivotal.
"If that wouldn't have happened, it would have been a completely different game," Scott said.
The Chieftains led 6-0 at halftime and added touchdowns in the remaining two quarters to seal the victory. Tongie senior running back Jacob Sledd scored all of his team's touchdowns.
DeSoto must now direct its attention to a non-conference game. Marysville comes to DeSoto with a 3-1 record. The Bulldogs lone loss was a 14-6 defeat at Hiawatha.
Scott said Marysville would probably be the best team DeSoto would face so far, but he wasn't going to change his game plan.
"We'll approach it the same way we've approached the four before," Scott said. "We'll just keep getting better."