Tonganoxie running back Tyler Bowden wins Frank Fontana Award

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Posted at 6:30 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 19:30:23-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Opposing defenses couldn't stop Tonganoxie senior running back Tyler Bowden in 2020.

Fittingly, nobody could stop him from winning the 2020 Frank Fontana Award either, given annually to the best small-class high school football player in the Kansas City area.

Only players from Kansas Class 4A, Missouri Class 4 or lower classifications are eligible.

In the Chieftains eleven games, Bowden rushed for 2,583 yards with 37 touchdowns, averaging nearly 235 yards per game during the Chieftains 11 games.

Bowden, who was an All-Frontier League First Team selection, helped Tonganoxie reach the Class 4A quarterfinals before losing to Bishop Miege.

Prior to his senior season, Bowden starred at Lawrence Free State. He moved to Tonganoxie with his dad after three seasons with the Firebirds.

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to alter our daily lives, 41 Action News has partnered with the Thomas A. Simone Awards this year to honor the top high school football players in the Kansas City area, a tradition that began in 1983.