Saturday, November 28, 2015

2015 All SHUKC Football Team

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

SHUKC is announcing our 2015 SHUKC Football Team.  This list is not about inclusion of all teams but rather identify the players that had stand out years.  I will be working on a venue for the award ceremony and securing trophies for each of the players named.  If you would like to sponsor an award please reach out to me.  All help is appreciated in covering the costs for the trophies. 

Offensive POY Nominees:
Logan Koch (Mill Valley)
Wykeen Gill (Atchison)
Christian Jegen (Mill Valley)

Defensive POY Nominees:

Cole Morris (Mill Valley)
Greg Sloan (Schlagle)
Adam Smith (Atchison)

Coach of the Year Nominees:

Joel Applebee (Mill Valley)
Rod Staulbaumer (Basehor-Linwood)
Jim Smith (Atchison)



Logan Koch (Mill Valley)
Wykeen Gill (Atchison)
Connor Byers (Bonner Springs)


Leonard Green (Sumner Academy)
Quinton McQuillan (Lansing)
Andre Jackson (Turner)


Christian Jegen (Mill Valley)
Bryce Enzbrenner (Atchison)

Lucas Krull (Mill Valley)
Nick Fisher (Basehor-Linwood)


Nick Buster (Atchison)
Christian Brown (Sumner Academy)
Ben Hecht (Mill Valley)
Jacob Freese (Bonner Springs)
Andrew Berg (Lansing)



Cole Morris (Mill Valley)
Dai Coye Haley (Atchison)
Collyn McCarthy (Lansing)
Anthony Brown (Mill Valley)
LeeRoi Johnson (Tonganoxie)


Greg Sloan (Schlagle)
Phillip Randall (Schlagle)
Ryan Potter (Basehor-Linwood)
Seth Burnett (Mill Valley)
Leonard Green (Sumner Academy)


JJ Letcher (Piper)
Adam Smith (Atchison)
Jahron McPherson (Basehor-Linwood)
Christian Jegen (Mill Valley)
Damon Jackson (Washington)


Andrew Hicks (Mill Valley)

Kick Returner:

Christian Jegen (Mill Valley)

Future Prospects:
Daniel Jackson (Sumner Academy)

Brison Cobbins (Sumner Academy)
Derrick Robinson (Lansing)
Walzel Evans (Northwest)
Dominic Lee (Northwest)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

McKinzy making plays for Hutchinson

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Wyandotte grad and SHUKC Offensive POY Dimonic McKinzy has landed at Hutchinson CC.  He had a productive freshman season for the Blue Dragons.  McKinzy played in all 9 games and went 64 of 114 for 786 yards, 6 TD's, 218 yards rushing and 3 rushing TD's.  McKinzy looks stronger but some of the throws and plays overall look very familiar.  Check out his freshman highlights.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Something Out of Nothing

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

"Good move!"  This is something that comes out in the broadcasts that we do and it happens often while looking through the camera lens.  I don't know if everyone sees it or not but if I say this then the play usually sticks in my head.  Friday night it happened in the second quarter.  It was a simple 8 yards run by Christian Jegen but it likely should have been a loss.

Jegen lined up next to Logan Koch in the shotgun.  The play was a counter to the right and Aquinas had the play defensed well thanks to their right defensive end.  A counter is when you move in one direction to make the defense flow that way.  You then immediately cut and go back the other direction.  The right tackle on this play got beat inside forcing the pulling center to come across and hit the DE.  The Center's job on the play was to come back and block the outside linebacker. 

Since that didn't happen Jegen is facing east/west straight up with the outside linebacker and he flat undressed him.  The move was about as subtle as it could be but it broke him to the ground.  He followed that up with a spin move to pick up the 8 yards.  Very good players make something out of nothing and that is exactly what happened here.

SHUKC Player Spotlight: Zack Schneider (Lansing)

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

When you talk about doing a lot with a little, then you should think of Zack Schneider of Lansing.  With just 85 carries this season the 6'1 200 pound senior accomplished a lot.  Schneider finished the year with 750 yards and 7 TD's.  Lansing was a run first offense picking up over 3000 yards on the ground using a lot of misdirection and good execution.  Schneider's healthy 8.8 yards per carry is very impressive and with more touches could have had an even bigger year.

Check out Schneider's senior highlights and see him mix power with good vision to help power Lansing to a district title.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SHUKC Player Spotlight: Juwan Peace (Lansing)

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Senior Juwan Peace of Lansing put together a solid senior season for the Lions.  Peace collected 84 tackles and 3 sacks playing DE for the district champions.  Peace shows a lot of strength and quickness.  The lateral movement to the ball is good.  At 5'10 210 pounds I don't know that he would project to be a defensive end in college but again enough quickness to play LB.  In the highlight I like his ability to split double teams and fill a gaps along with the ability to spin back around and collect tackles.  84 tackles on the defensive line is a lot and it helped earn him KVL second team honors.

Check out Peace's senior highlights.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SHUKC Player Spotlight: Connor Byers (Bonner Springs)

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

A fantastic high school career came to an end after Bonner Springs back to back losses against Mill Valley and St. James Academy.  Connor Byers certainly will not be soon forgotten by me as you are not just talking about one of the best QB's in the area but had the rare double double.  Over 1000 passing and rushing yards is very impressive.  Byers finished the season 131/231 1956 yards 23 TD's and 8 INT's, 100 carries 1038 yards and 13 TD's.  The highlight is one big play after another and with his efforts in the defensive secondary make him a top prospect in the metro area.

The 2014 SHUKC Offensive POY backed up his special junior season with a very impressive senior campaign.  Check out his highlights.

SHUKC Player Spotlight: Jordan Mitchell (Bishop Ward)

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Showing up every week and playing for a winning team is easy.  I am not saying that you don't have to show up and work hard but you don't really have to twist any one's arm to show up.  When you are on a losing team however it shows a lot when you don't quit.  Let's be honest not every player is cut out to getting beat down week after week.

Props to players like Jordan Mitchell who competed in his senior season.  In his first year starting at QB we honestly have to say he looked raw.  In watching the film it looks like a lot of improvisation but good ability in keeping plays alive and making plays down the field.  Mitchell shows good field vision and a bit of gunslinger traits.  A big key I see in the film is his ability on the other side of the ball.  We see the 3 INT's that he had this season and showed well in the Cyclone secondary.  I think this ability to see the field on both sides of the ball shows he has a high IQ for the game.

At 6'2 190 pounds he brings a solid frame to the table.  Take a look at his 2015 highlights.