Saturday, November 22, 2014

2014 SHUKC Future Prospect Award

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

For the first time giving this award SHUKC has selected a 7th grader.  

Over 1100 All purpose yards
19 TD's:
1 KR. TD
1 PR TD
2 FUMBLES RECOVERED FOR TD
2 INT returned for TD
5 REC TD
8 RUSH TD

This young man also participated in our middle school combine and showed very well as a 6th grader.  I try hard not to get too excited about players this young but if you get the opportunity to meet him and just shake his hand I promise you will understand why. 

The 2014 SHUKC Future Prospect is RB/LB Brison Cobbins (Arrowhead). 

Congrats to Brison as his award will be presented December 13th at the 2014 SHUKC Award ceremony at Faith City Church at 4:00 PM.

SHUKC Player Spotlight: Jonah Freese (Bonner Springs)

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Jonah Freese completed his senior season with 22 catches for 554 yards and 5 TD's for the Bonner Springs Braves.  Freese played a key role in the offensive game plan for the Braves stretching the field and allowing Thaddeus Glenn to excel on the opposite side of the ball.  Freese was named to the 2014 All SHUKC Offensive team for his efforts.  Thaddeus Glenn and Jonah Freese become the second set of team mates to both make the team in the same year.

At 6'2 175 pounds Freese is very aggressive to the ball and is not afraid to go up and get it.  He would make a fine piece to a college roster.  Check out his 2014 highlights and below that will be the interview we did with Freese earlier in the season.  An impressive and dedicated young man.

SHUKC Player Spotlight: Connor Byers (Bonner Springs)

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

2014 saw the emergence of junior Connor Byers at Bonner Springs.  He lit the area on fire through the air and was also very effective on the ground.  The student has definitely become the teacher for the Braves.  Byers who is a finalist for the 2014 SHUKC Offensive POY award racked up 1889 yards passing 20 TD's to just 5 INT's.  Byers averaged 15 yards per completion and you will see in the film that that it was on accurate throws down field.  You can build up some nice numbers throwing bubble screens for example but Byers showed good accuracy and precision this year.  Byers 4.7 yards per carry and 8 rushing TD's is nothing to sneeze at as well.

Byers put together an impressive 2014 highlight package.  Check it out below.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bishop Miege sinks the Pirates

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Bishop Miege advanced to the 4A state championship game in Topeka with a 62-7 victory over the Piper Pirates.  Ryan Willis was on point in the first half building a big lead and the Miege defense stymied the Pirate offense.  As stated on twitter you have to tip your cap to a well coached and talented team.

Just a few random thoughts on what we saw tonight.

The Miege offensive line did a great job keeping Willis upright and more importantly stationary.  A player of this caliber simply can not be allowed to set and throw.  Penalties did not help Piper early in the game as well.

Devin McIntosh who made our All SHUKC Defensive team had a very nice INT to stop the Stags in the first half.

Everyone makes a big deal about the Miege offense but it was the defense that was aggressive and stout.  Piper was not able to impose themselves on Miege as they have done in previous weeks.

Colton Beebe eclipsed the 500 tackle mark for his high school career.  To say I have been spoiled to watch a linebacker of this caliber in my first 4 years doing this is an understatement.  Good luck to any player I will watch in the near future trying to duplicate what he has done and with such class.  4 time All SHUKC Defensive player will also prove to be a rare feat.  Beebe is on our Wall of Fame for good reason and I can't wait to watch him on Saturday's.

All of my opinions aside on Bishop Miege's classification I do recognize talent.  I wish Bishop Miege good luck next week.

It is officially basketball season in SHUKC land!!

2014 All SHUKC Football Team

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

The All SHUKC Football team consists of players from both the KCAL and KVL.  This is our 4th Annual team selection.  Vernon Birmingham and I track and monitor the leagues through out the season and select who we feel are the top players at each position.  Each member of the team below will be invited to our award ceremony which I am targeting 12-13-2014 to receive your trophy.  If you see your name twice then you get two trophies.  We will announce our POY, Coach of the Year, Play of the year, Game of the Year and Top Prospect award during the ceremony.

We keep the list short because we want this list to be hard to obtain.  Through hard work, effort and production are you able to say that you are apart of the 2014 All SHUKC Football team.  Congrats to each of the players below.

Quarterback

Conner Byers (Bonner Springs
Logan Koch (Mill Valley)
Marcell Holmes (Bonner Springs)

Running Back

Javeon Williams (Washington)
Marcell Holmes (Bonner Springs)
Sterling Owens (Piper)

Full Back

Colton Beebe (Piper)

Tight End

Shaun Rainey (Sumner Academy)

Wide Receiver

Christian Jegen (Mill Valley)
Thaddeus Glenn (Bonner Springs)
Jonah Freese (Bonner Springs)
Colton Beebe (Piper)

Offensvie Line

Evan Applegate (Mill Valley)
Ben Hecht (Mill Valley)
Jamar Grant (Washington)
Jacob Wylie (Bonner Springs)
Nick Buster (Atchison)
Scott Hattock (Lansing)


Defensive Line

Phillip Randle (Schlagle)
Sean Pahls (Piper)
Dai Coye Haley (Atchison)
Anthony Brown (Mill Valley)

Linebackers

Rodney McNeal (Schlagle)
Colton Beebe (Piper)
Jaelon Johnson (Piper)
Steven Ford (Wyandotte)
Ryan O'Neal (Turner)

Defensive Backs

Bryan Barnhart (Bishop Ward)
Jared Sommers (Tonganoxie)
Spencer Clayborn (Mill Valley)
Nick Fisher (Basehor-Linwood)
Devin McIntosh (Piper)

Kick Return

Darnell Miller (Turner)

Punt Return

Christian Jegen (Mill Valley)

Punter

Colton Beebe (Piper)

Kicker

Austin Bonnel (Atchison)

Live Broadcast: Piper vs Bishop Miege

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On The Dotte 11/19/2014

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Piper is back in the semi-finals of the 4A state football tournament and face a huge challenge in the Bishop Miege Stags.  It is no secret that Bishop Miege has been regarded as one of the best football teams (all classes) this season.  This situation has a similar feel to the last time Piper was in the semi-finals when they traveled to Eudora to face Andrew Ballock and that talented crew.  Coach Brindle who is in his 4th season as coach is enjoying the ride.

"(This group) has won 34 games and have gone 8-3 in eleven playoff games."

The Stags have outscored Basehor-Linwood and Fort Scott 110-0 in the first two rounds of the playoffs.  The Stags are led by senior QB Ryan Willis who has had a dream season so far.  Willis has 2451 yards, completing 62% of passes with 30 TD's and just 6 INT's.  Dawson Downing is the Stags junior running back has 1668 yards and 23 TD's.  He averages 8.0 yards per carry which is just amazing.  Sophomore Jafar Armstrong has 937 yards and 6 TD's receiving.  5 receivers have over 100 yards receiving so needless to say they have many weapons to work with on the offensive side of the ball.  This is all done with a very good offensive line that gives Willis plenty of time to throw and Downing a lot of room to run.

With all this said I am going to state that the best defense for these explosive weapons is the Piper offense.  I feel strongly that Piper has been built and has played through out this playoff in a manner preparing for this match up.  The Pirates will compete with Bishop Miege Friday if they are able to run the football, pickup first downs and run the clock.  If Piper moves and control the ball like they did against Paola and finish drives with TD's then we will be cooking with oil.  Punting is not a horrible thing if you just picked up 3 first downs and took 4 minutes off the game clock.

I also go into the game with optimism that the Pirate front 7 will have some freedom and tackling ability to make the Stags work to run the ball.  Collin Beebe, Colton Beebe and Jaelon Johnson will need to be able to clean up the middle to allow Sean Pahls and Kilil Richard to rush the edges.  The Pirates come into the game with 42 sacks on the season and 81 TFL.  Don't get hung up on the Pirates getting sacks because the key for me is going to be getting Willis off his spot.

I have watched portions of 4 games and Willis gets the ball out quickly and accurately.  Piper who plays aggressively in the secondary will have to reroute or jam the receivers.  If Willis is throwing to his first read then the Pirates will not get to him and run the risk of getting beat deep.  If there is a concern about the Pirates it is in their secondary.  The Stags will present a formation similar to what Bonner Springs presented.  This offense however has many different sets and is very well coached.

Miege is talented but so is Piper.  Piper has 11 starters back on defense who have been in a solid program for years.  Colton Beebe is still going to be the best overall football player on the field.  I have complete faith in this coaching staff who has groomed this group to be a powerful and complete team.

Good luck to two very talented teams.  I can't wait to see this play out.