Tropics Show Promise in the Season Opener

by Mike Frieson

The Topeka Tropics hit the road for their first game of the season with new ownership and new wheels. Leaving Topeka, the team believed they could win this game, and getting the franchise's first win was a palpable feeling for the two-hour bus ride to Salina. 

For a while, that coveted first win felt close enough to touch, but the Tropics could not match Salina's high-powered offense despite leading 21-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Liberty outscored the Tropics 60-24 for the remainder of the game, ultimately sealing their victory. But that's all in the past as the Tropics look ahead to their next match against Arlington Longhorns Monday, March 13th. The Tropics are ready to bounce back and show what they're made of.


Despite the loss, there were plenty of bright spots for the Tropics. Quarterback Lorenz Stefan put on a clinic during week 1, throwing for an impressive five touchdowns on 19-24 passing for 191 yards. Stefan's connection with wide receivers Ryan Martinez and Max Novak was undeniable, with Martinez catching nine passes for 90 yards, putting him in second place in the league after just one game. The trio's chemistry was electric, propelling them to the top of multiple offensive league categories.


The Tropics are hungry for their first win of the season and franchise history, and they'll be looking to build on their strong offensive showing from week 1. With room to grow and improve, they are poised to become a significant contender in the league.


So mark your calendars and prepare for high-flying football action as the Tropics take on the Arlington Longhorns on March 13th. It will surely be an exciting matchup you won't want to miss!