Thursday, August 27, 2015

On The Dotte: KVL Preview

by David Brox, @OdoggBrox

The KVL is a league that has faced quite a bit of turmoil the last few years.  Schools have explored options on many different fronts.  In the end the only change announced at this point is Mill Valley leaving after this season to join the EKL.  It has become evident the last few years that Mill Valley has outgrown the KVL's 4A schools and even their fellow 5A schools Lansing and Turner. 

I will run through my predicted order of finish for the KVL and random thoughts about each team.

Mill Valley is the obvious choice to win the league and not just because they will only play 3 league games.  The Jaguars are fully loaded for a good opportunity to advance farther in the playoffs in 2015.  This team for what our awards are worth returns 6 All SHUKC spots on our team last year.  Logan Koch, Christian Jegen and Ben Hecht on offense is a solid base to work with.  Spencer Clayborn and Anthony Brown on defense are both back from last years All SHUKC team.  Christian Jegen was named to our All Special team.  Jegen has a legit beef as well to be on the defensive team as he was avoided for the most part last season in the secondary.

I say all this to emphasis that it would have been very hard for any team in the KVL to challenge Mill Valley this season.

Bonner Springs brings back a lot of weapons of their own but there would be no way for me to say that they are 42 points improved from last year.  While Mill Valley will be a challenge I was impressed overall with Bonner's season despite losing in the first round of the playoffs to Aquinas.  Aquinas made the final in 5A and Bonner played them very tight last year.  I have a lot of respect for what Aslin has built at Bonner Springs.  Definitely a program that has produced a lot of players who keep the Braves competitive.

Basehor-Linwood needs to take a step forward.  I will make a bold prediction here sleeping a bit on Piper who would be the next logical choice here based on track record.  The Bobcats however have some players back on offense and defense that have me intrigued.  Jahron McPherson is the leader from a production stand point on this team but their secondary is going to be very solid.  The Bobcat secondary should be dominant with McPherson, Eric Scott and Nick Fisher.  College coaches need to get to Basehor to get a look at Fisher in the secondary.  I am always skeptical about height listings but I am 6'0 and look up to Fisher.  He has the size and proved to be a ball hawk last year.  Fisher has skills on the basketball court as well so keep an eye on the 2014 All SHUKC performer in the Bobcat secondary.

Piper has so many questions to answer but the program Coach Brindle has built will not allow me to bury the Pirates.  Seeing the best and most accomplished football player in SHUKC graduate is hard enough to replace but I have mentioned the second layer.  Over 250 tackles at LB have to be replaced.  Sterling Owens is an All SHUKC performer who deserves some college looks.  Owens is a powerhouse despite his height.  He works his tail off in the weight room and is a track athlete.  That all equals a hell of an athlete that would be a good fit at the next level. 

Lansing Lions open up their new stadium opening week against the Pirates and I am looking forward to being there.  I would say that the Lions struggled a bit with the new coaching staff last year.  Losing Colin McQuillan so early in the year doomed the Lion's chances of challenging in league or district play.  They do however have some intriguing pieces returning this year.  Quinton McQuillan and Dewaun Wilkes will look to carry the squad this year on offense.  Keep an eye out for Collyn McCarthy on the defensive side of the ball.  He was among league leaders in TFL and sacks as a junior.

Turner was the talk of the town during the first few weeks of the season.  They shocked Washington week one and benefited from playing Bishop Ward and Tonganoxie.  The Bears however faded as the competition level went up.  The Bears despite that took a step forward under Coach Milne.  Their defense was strong last year but fought injuries late.  Andre Jackson who is a stand out on the basketball team could be a player to watch on offense.  Joe Prosser is the likely replacement for Tino Bernal who gradated.  On defense keep an eye on Arnez Dowdy that caught the coaches eyes during early practices.

Bishop Ward will have Jordan Mitchell at QB and a few returning players to go along with him.  I honestly have a lot to learn about the Cyclones at media day.

Tonganoxie continues their rebuilding efforts in my opinion in 2015.  Kyle Fain and Ryan Musick return as seniors and represent the bulk of offensive production from 2014.  Fain had a 100 yard game last year along with a TD against Piper.  Kyle Burge had 19 catches last year for 250 yards and a TD.  So bottom line for the Chieftains is they are going to be short on proven production. 

What are your thoughts??  Am I sleeping big time on Piper?

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Monday, August 24, 2015

2015 Media Day Schedule

by David Brox,

I realize that these events take a bit of time and schedules are tight.  I just went through last year and put together a straw man order for tomorrow.  We will have a table setup at the front of the room.  Each team can wear jerseys and bring a helmet to put on the table while they are talking.  We will start with the head coach to introduce himself and the players.  He will then open with a run down of practice the first week and the summer.  After he is done we will open with questions for the team.

We will work to start as close to 2:00 PM as possible so plan to arrive at the times noted approximately below.  I have provided a rough window for each school.  I will be playing the role of Vernon for at least the start of the event and will try to stick to this schedule pretty tight.

Where: Providence YMCA, 8601 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66112
When: Sunday August 30th, 2015 - 2:00 PM
What:  2015 Media day will offer the coach and a few team leaders to speak about the upcoming season.

2:00 - 2:20


 2:10 - 2:30


2:20 - 2:40


2:30 - 2:50


2:40 - 3:00

 Bishop Ward

2:50 - 3:10


3:00 - 3:20

Bonner Springs

3:10 - 3:30


3:20 - 3:40


3:30 - 3:50


3:40 - 4:00


3:50 - 4:10

 Mill Valley

4:00 - 4:20

 Sumner Academy

4:10 - 4:30


Saturday, August 22, 2015

2015 SHUKC Media Day

by David Brox,

I want to get some preliminary details floating around about 2015 SHUKC football media day.  Vernon was able to confirm YMCA for 2-5 on August 30th.  All of our 13 teams covered by SHUKC are invited to come with a coach and 2 - 3 team leaders to talk about the upcoming season.  We will work on a schedule to narrow the time down for everyone.

Any and all media are invited as well to come and participate.  If you are a school paper or following just one team please come.  You will be given an opportunity to ask questions to write your story about the upcoming season.  I feel this is just as good of a public speaking lesson and our peer media outlets.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

On The Dotte: KCAL Preview

by David Brox,

I am happy to bring back the weekly On The Dotte article to talk about the KCAL and KVL leagues on SHUKC and PrepsKC.  I enter 2015 with a bit of optimism about a few teams in the SHUKC area and will start this week with a preview of the KCAL.  I will list the teams in what I am predicting to be my order of finish in the league.

The Schlagle were 5 last year under first year head coach Dwayne Williams.  They took some lumps last year in districts but I am calling it valuable experience for a young team.  The offensive line will be back coupled with one of the best running backs in the area.  There is no greater bit of stability you can provide a team than a solid running attack.  They have experience as well at WR that will help.  I am not predicting a flashback to a few years ago but I am not asking a lot from the offense.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

2015 SHUKC LB Preview

by David Brox,

One thing is certain in 2015 at SHUKC is that we will have a new Defensive POY.  Colton Beebe who has owned the award the last 3 years is doing well at Minnesota but it is time now to start thinking about who can fill his POY shoes.  SHUKC has been a bit partial to the LB position as we have named our defensive award winner at LB all 4 years.  Lets take a look at some players returning this year that may be candidates.

A lot of the research I do is based on stats in Maxpreps.  So if you don't have stats posted it makes it hard to find or speak to potential.

Greg Sloan (Schlagle) in 2014 was listed at 6'2 and 210 lbs.  I have heard nothing but good things about Sloan's work this offseason and performance at camps.  Schlagle has turned into LB U as names like Trevon Wallace and Rodney McNeal have been regulars on our All SHUKC teams.  Sloan was on the fridges last year with 77 tackles and 5 sacks.  The key with Sloan is he looks and plays the part.  I expect a big year from this young man and some looks at the next level.

Leonard Green (Sumner Academy) was another player on the fringe of SHUKC honors in 2014.  79 tackles, 8 TFL (Tackles for Loss) and a sack is nothing to sneeze at.  Green is another player that is a multi sport athlete who does well in wrestling and baseball will be a player to keep an eye on this year.

Elgin Hood (Wyandotte) returns for the Bulldogs and has impressed the coaching staff in the off season.  Hood was among team leaders in tackles.  At 6'0 230 lbs in 2014 we will have to see how that translates this year.

Austin Bonnel (Atchison) posted strong numbers for the Redmen in 2014 with 86 tackles and 7 TFL, 2 forced and recovered fumbles.  He enters his junior year as a key piece to the Redmen's chances of repeating as KCAL champs.  Another player that we discussed for All SHUKC honors.  The only thing to keep an eye on with Bonnel is his size as he is listed at 5'8 and 145 lbs last year.  Despite that he had a huge year and we will have an eye on his progress this year.

Ryan Potter (Basehor-Linwood) returns for the Bobcats as one of the leading tacklers in 2014.  He averaged 7 tackles a game last year and will need to step up with the graduation of Jared Hiss who played well on the defensive line.

Charlie Gray (Bonner Springs) will be a junior this year and is coming off a production season last year with 62 tackles, 1 INT and 3 caused fumbles.  Gray is getting a lot of buzz out of summer workouts.  He may get some carries out of the backfield which may give a thunder perspective in the Braves backfield as he stands 6'1 195 lbs.

Cole Morris (Mill Valley) stands 6'5 and 195 lbs and plays OLB for the Jaguars.  He was among team leaders with 59 tackles and 1 sack.  The Jaguars have many key players returning on defense and he will be one of the key pieces.

Alex Bach (Piper) has the task for trying to do his part to make up for 257 tackles made by 2 LB's at Piper last year.  We talk a lot about Colton Beebe but Jaelon Johnson posted 105 tackles and made our All SHUKC team.  Bach is a senior and will provide leadership on the Pirate defense.  Coach Brindle mentioned him as a player to watch in 2015.

Sam Twitchel (Lansing) returns for his senior season off a productive 2014 in which he racked up 86 tackles and an INT.  Twitchel is listed at 6'3 180 and provides good length on the edge for the Lions.  The defense has been challenge but perhaps the new scenery will fire up the defensive squad behind Twitchel.

Quinton McQuillan (Lansing) I want to mention as well because I really think highly of this young man despite his numbers being light last year.  He is an athlete that I think has the size and capability of doing big things.  He will be a junior this season and standing 6'4 and 225 lbs is a good reason for optimism.

Let me know if you think I left someone off this list.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 SHUKC WR Preview

by David Brox,

It is no secret that I love offense so we will hit one more offensive position preview before talking about defense.  WR is far and away my favorite position to analyze.  We have had many good receivers come through the SHUKC area.  Ben Johnson, Ryan Murphy, Vernon Vaughn, Steve Williams and Khalil Bailey to name a select few.  Each year I am on the look out for players that are ready to put their name up amongst some of the best I have seen during my time following the area.

One of the major things to consider when selecting WR's is the QB that is returning.  You can be the best receiver in the city and get lost in the shuffle if your QB is subpar.  That is about as nice as I can say that if your QB sucks you are not likely going to put up the numbers needed to make All SHUKC.  So rest assured we will be looking at teams with returning QB's first.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

2015 SHUKC RB Preview

by David Brox,

It was a unique year last year as we had a few underclassmen step up at RB and claim spots on our All SHUKC offensive team.  I want to run down a few names to keep an eye on at the RB position in 2015.

Sterling Owens (Piper) returns for the Pirates and has to be in coach Brindle's ear about his use of Jasper Sanders a few years ago.  Piper who has done a great job in recent years developing multiple weapons on offense each year but will likely need to lean more on Owens in 2015.  On just 112 carries Owens ran for 1025 yards and 9 TD's.  The healthy 9.2 yards per carry average made him a big play threat everytime he touched the ball last year.  Piper will need to find reliable options 2 and 3 to open things up for him.