A look at other area football teams
Coaches: Lance Vandeveer, 15th season (Attica), 114-107; Luke Greenwood (Argonia).
2012: 2-7 (Attica), 1-9 (Argonia). Top players: Dylan Prescott, FB-NG, 5-6, 170, sr.; Devon Newberry, RB, 6-1, 172, so.; Jack Deviney, OL, 5-10, 175, sr.; Alec McDaniel, S, 5-4, 135, so.; Rayden Nemechek, LB, 5-9, 168, jr.; Doss Grigsby, DB, 5-9, 132, jr.
Notes: About 30 miles apart and in two counties, Attica and Argonia will be pooling their resources. Some home games will be played at each school. Vandeveer said the combination of about 18 players would lead to more competition for positions. The Titans will not be eligible for a district title this season, but will move into 8-Man Division I next season.
Schedule: Sept. 6, Udall (at Argonia); Sept. 13, at Cedarvale-Dexter; Sept. 20, at Norwich; Sept. 27, Cunningham (at Attica); Oct. 4, Hope (at Argonia); Oct. 11, Stafford (at Attica); Oct. 18, at South Barber; Oct. 25, Caldwell (at Argonia); Oct. 31, at Burrton.
Coach: Aaron Glendening, second season, 0-9.
2012: 0-9. Top players: Caleb Hurst, QB-LB, 6-0, 130, sr.; Joey Burr, OL-DL, 6-1, 235, sr.; Nathan Harper, OL-DL, 6-1, 225, jr.; Daniel Bingham, RB-DE, 5-11, 190, jr.; Nicolas Kennedy, RB-LB, 5-11, 185, so.
Notes: The Chargers haven’t won a game since 2011 – when they won twice – and will try to end that skid. He said his team has had a good summer to prepare for the season and that his players are excited about what can be accomplished.
Schedule: Sept. 6, Fairfield; Sept. 13, at Stafford; Sept. 20, at Tescott; Sept. 27, Goessel; Oct. 4, at Chase; Oct. 11, White City; Oct. 18, at Hope; Oct. 25, Southern Cloud; Oct. 31, Attica-Argonia.
Coach: Sean Blosser, third season, 11-10.
2012: 6-5. Top players: Darin Ward, QB-CB, 5-9, 140, jr.; Hunter Stuewe, OG-DT, 5-11, 195, jr.; Devan York, OG-DE, 6-2, 180, sr.; Trent Kendrick, RB-LB, 5-10, 165, jr.; Rhett Lee, RB-WR, 5-10, 130, sr.; Sam Wencel, WR-DE, 6-0, 155, jr.
Notes: The Bluejays hit their stride when it counted, scoring two shutout victories to reach the 8-Man Division II playoffs, then handing Waverly its first loss in the first round, 50-36. Caldwell then fell in the second round to eventual champion Baileyville. Many of the skill players return for Blosser, who is looking to build on that solid finish. He said graduation cost Caldwell a couple of spots on the offensive line.
Schedule: Sept. 6, Central-Burden; Sept. 13, at Udall; Sept. 20, at Cunningham; Sept. 27, Baileyville (neutral field); Oct. 4, Stafford; Oct. 11, South Barber; Oct. 18, South Haven; Oct. 25, at Attica-Argonia; Nov. 1, Norwich.
Coach: Jeff Savage, second season, 3-6.
2012: 3-6. Top players: Cody Savage, QB-FS, 6-3, 185, sr.; Jake Struber, C-NG, 5-9, 215, sr.; Austin Bullinger, WR-CB, 6-1, 170, sr.; Trevor Unruh, OG-DE, 6-2, 220, sr.; Kaden Littrell, OG, 6-1, 225, sr.; AJ Medley, TE-DE, 5-10, 195, sr.; Tanner Klingensmith, LB, 5-9, 175 jr.; Trey Moddelmog, RB, 5-11, 165, jr.; Ryan Grant, LB, 5-9, 160, jr.; Travis Unruh, RB-DB, 5-10, 170, so.
Notes: Savage said his team has been working hard in the weight room and expects that work to make them faster and more physical – if the Eagles stay healthy. Savage, the coach’s youngest son, had limited playing time last year because of injury. He is healthy now and will provide speed and quickness on offense and defense as well as a return specialist. Coach Savage also likes Trevor Unruh, whom he calls one of the top linemen.
Schedule: Sept. 6, Central Christian; Sept. 13, Goessel; Sept. 20, at St. John’s Military; Sept. 27, at Peabody-Burns; Oct. 4, Central Plains; Oct. 11, at Solomon; Oct. 18, Pretty Prairie; Oct. 25, at Little River; Oct. 31, Lincoln.
Coach: Justin Strodtman, second season, 2-7.
2012: 2-7. Top players: Colton Massey, QB-LB-DE, 6-0, 160, jr.; Kaden Boatman, RB-WR, 6-1, 160, jr.; Jacody Bratcher, LB, 5-8, 155, jr.
Notes: After finishing last season with a come from behind win over one-loss Udall, Cedar Vale-Dexter is carrying that momentum into this season. Leadership from the small group of upperclassmen will be important with a young and inexperienced team. Size will also be a problem for this young team.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Flint Hills; Sept. 13, Argonia; Sept. 20, South Haven; Sept. 27, at Sedan; Oct. 4, Central; Oct. 11, Centre; Oct. 18, at West Elk; Oct. 25, Oxford; Oct. 31, at Udall.
Coach: Romney Runyan, second season, 7-2.
2012: 7-2. Top players: Dax Stephens, RB-CB, 6-0, 150, sr.; Austin Holt, OL-DL, 6-2, 250, sr.; Tyler Klick, OL-DL, 5-10, 250, sr.; Greg Hilario, RB-LB, 5-10, 200, sr.; Gaven Alcorn, FS, 5-10, 140, sr.
Notes: Central-Burden finished third in its league and missed the playoffs behind South Haven and Udall. With five returning starters, Central-Burden hopes to make the playoffs this year in its challenging district. Central-Burden’s strength will be its offensive line, which will help the offense run the ball well.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Caldwell; Sept. 13, Flint Hills; Sept. 20, Sedan; Sept. 27, at Yates Center; Oct. 4, at Cedar Vale-Dexter; Oct. 11, West Elk; Oct. 18, at Oxford; Oct. 25, Udall; Oct. 31, at South Haven.
Coach: Stan Wiles, first season.
2012: 5-4. Top players: Kyle Methvin, QB, 6-0, 195, sr.; Chad Mueller, RG, 5-11, 170, sr.; Terren Thompson, TE, 5-9, 160, sr.; Ty Simons, WR, 6-0, 150, sr.; Karl Riffel, C, 5-9, 260, sr.; Tanner Peterson, OL-DL, 5-10, 175, sr.
Notes: Lack of depth and a first-year coach will be early weaknesses for Centre, but its six returning seniors are taking ownership of the team to help lead it to another successful season. The offensive strategy is to become balanced with its attacks in order to adapt to each opponent’s defensive style. Defensively, Centre is focused on getting to the ball and getting tackles with a team pursuit.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Goessel; Sept. 13, Wakefield; Sept. 20, Lebo; Sept. 27, at Burlingame; Oct. 4, Peabody; Oct. 11, at Cedar Vale-Dexter; Oct. 18, at Hartford; Oct. 25, Flint Hills; Oct. 31, Madison.
Coach: Lance McGuire, eighth season, 26-37.
2012: 4-5. Top players: Brandon Sterneker, OL-DL, 5-9, 180, sr.; James Fitzsimmons, OL-DL, 5-10, 250, sr.; Tim Patton, E-RB-DB, 5-11, 150, so.; Devon Cannon, OL-DL, 6-2, 275, sr.; Jacob Early, E-RB-LB, 6-3, 175, so.; Hunter Westerman, RB-DB, 5-7, 145, jr.
Notes: Cunningham will need its five seniors to help lead a group of sophomores and juniors at skill positions, who didn’t see much playing time last year because of a large senior class. Size will be a strength for Cunningham, as well as a flexible, adaptable offense. Cunningham will be tested early with Pretty Prairie, who won last year 40-12.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Pretty Prairie; Sept. 13, Pratt Skyline; Sept. 20, Caldwell; Sept. 27, at Argonia-Attica; Oct. 4, Norwich; Oct. 11, at Fairfield; Oct. 25, Stafford; Oct. 31, at South Barber.
Coach: Mike Davison, first season.
2012: 1-8. Top players: Logan Hayes, RB-S, 6-2, 205, sr.; Wes Moots, WR-S, 6-3, 185, sr.; Colton Pitko, QB-CB, 6-1, 150, jr.; Quade McCoy, OL-DL, 6-3, 280, sr.; Paul Wilson, OL-DL, 6-1, 255, sr.; Connor Torrey, OL-DL, 6-0, 185, sr.
Notes: Returning most of last season’s team will help Eureka work to improve on its 1-8 record in 2012. The offense will be fast-paced, and spreads the field well. Depth will be a challenge for Eureka, particularly late in games. Davison takes over after four years an as assistant.
Schedule: Sept. 6, Haven; Sept. 13, Oswego; Sept. 20, at NE-Arma; Sept. 27, at Neodesha; Oct. 4, at Caney; Oct. 11, at Cherryvale; Oct. 18, Humboldt; Oct. 25, at Burlington; Oct. 31, Fredonia.
Coach: Lee Odell, first season
Top players: Ryan Ewy, QB, 5-8, 180, sr.; Cannon Burns, RB-DB, 6-0, 175, sr.; Wayne Schoeneker, FB-LB, 5-8, 175, sr.; Jared McKinney, OL-DL, 6-2, 270, sr.; Eric Schoeneker, RB-LB, 5-8, 165, sr.
Notes: Ewy passed for 645 yards but lost his top receiver, which means Fairfield may rely even more heavily on the running game. Ewy himself led the team in rushing with 757 yards and, with his brother Eric opening holes for him at fullback, Wayne Schoeneker had 691 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Ewy and Wayne Schoeneker also each topped 100 tackles.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Burrton; Sept. 13, vs. Pretty Prairie; Sept. 20, vs. Kinsley; Sept. 27, at South Central; Oct. 4 vs. Pratt Skyline; Oct. 11, vs. Cunningham; Oct. 18, at Kiowa County; Oct. 25, vs. St. John; Oct. 31, vs. Macksville
Coach: Shane Thornton, fourth season, 15-21
Top players: Montgomery Moore, OL-LB, 5-10, 185, sr.; Clay Oates, FB, 5-11, 170, sr.; Jacob Canady, OL, 5-11, 165, sr.; Jonathan Trumpower, WR-DL, 5-11, 160, sr.; Colton Allemand, WR, 6-2, 170, jr.
Notes: A four-game losing streak in the middle dampened a season that saw Flinthills score 50-plus points in winning three of its final four games. A bulk of the players who guided that offensive punch are back, including Trumpower and Allemand, two of the Mustangs’ most skilled receivers. Defensively, Flinthills has experience in Moore and Trumpower.
Schedule: Sept. 6, vs. Cedar Vale-Dexter; Sept. 13, at Central-Burden; Sept. 20, vs. Oxford; Sept. 27, vs. Madison/Hamilton; Oct. 4, at Lebo; Oct. 11, at Burlingame; Oct. 18, vs. Peabody-Burns; Oct. 25, at Centre; Nov. 1, vs. Hartford.
Coach: Garrett Hiebert, second season, 6-4
2012: 6-4, lost in first round of playoffs
Top players: Brian Hiebert, OL-DL, 6-3, 200, sr.; Mark Schmidt, FB-LB, 5-10, 190, sr.; Zach Showalter, WR-DL, 5-9, 195, sr.; Reece Heibert, OL-DL, 6-2, 200, sr.; Kellen Froese, RB-LB, 5-9, 190, jr.
Notes: The Bluebirds are looking for leadership from their defensive line, since many of their defensive backs and linebackers are relatively inexperienced. Most of those linemen also play offense, so the offensive skill players will also see a benefit. Showalter led the team in receiving with 629 yards and 16 touchdowns. Froese had 398 yards as the second rushing option.
Schedule: Sept. 6, vs. Goessel; Sept. 13, at Canton-Galva; Sept. 20, vs. Southern Cloud; Sept. 27, at Burrton; Oct. 4, vs. Tescott; Oct. 11, at Norwich; Oct. 18, at Chase; Oct. 25, vs. White City; Oct. 31, vs. Hope
Coach: Brad Hollinger, second season, 5-4
Top players: Bishop McKenna, OL-DL, 5-10, 215, sr.; Jerome Miller, OL-DL, 6-6, 265, sr.; Spencer Truman, RB-DB, 5-10, 170, sr.; Bryce Strecker, QB, 5-10, 190, sr.; Chance Clark, TE-LB, 6-2, 200, sr.
Notes: A key for the Celtics is the evolution of their passing game, which would help them become more balanced and increase the running attack, which they perceive as a strength. Strecker has the benefit of an experienced and massive offensive line, led by Miller and McKenna, who also will aid the defense.
Schedule: Sept. 6, vs. Sacred Heart; Sept. 13, vs. Moundridge; Sept. 20, at Inman; Sept. 27, Remington; Oct. 4, at Sedgwick; Oct. 11, at Marion; Oct. 18, at Kingman; Oct. 25, vs. Garden Plain; Oct. 31, vs. Haven
Coach: Mike Vernon, second season, 6-3
Top players: Treyton DeVore, WR-DB, 6-1, 177, sr.; Taylor Almquist, OL, 6-0, 263, sr.; Hank Thiessen, TE-DL, 6-0 201, jr.; Justin Friesen, QB, 6-1, 172, sr.; Tyler Cottam, RB-DB, 5-11, 168, sr.; Dylan Bernhardt, DL, 5-10, 236, sr.
Notes: The Teutons return 16 lettermen off last year’s team that finished with a winning record for the first time in more than 10 years. The next step is making the playoffs and in order for that to happen, Inman will need some of its younger players to step in as valuable depth. A winning season seems likely.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Moundridge; Sept. 13, Bennington; Sept. 20, Hutchinson Trinity; Sept. 27 at Marion; Oct. 4, at Medicine Lodge; Oct. 11, LaCrosse; Oct. 18, Herington; Oct. 25, at Sterling; Oct. 31, Ellinwood
Coach: Fred McClain, 16th season, 144-34
2012: 10-2, lost in Eight-Man I semifinals
Top players: Dallas Thomson, RB-DL, 6-1, 223, sr.; Owen Reed, RB, 6-1, 221, jr.; Gavin Beyer, TE, 6-3, 215, jr.; Hayden Serrer, OL, 5-11, 203, sr.; Corey McClelland, DB, 5-9, 165, sr.; Sage Blubaugh, DB, 6-1, 180, sr.
Notes: While McClain is still trying to figure out who his starting quarterback will be, he knows that Madison will be in good hands with two talented running backs in Thompson and Reed. The offensive line will also be a strength. Regardless of who plays quarterback, Madison should have a team that can compete for the Eight-Man I title.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Baileyville; Sept. 13, Marais des Cygnes Valley; Sept. 20, Hartford; Sept. 27, at Flinthills; Oct. 4, Wichita Homeschool; Oct. 11, at Lebo; Oct. 18, Burlingame; Oct. 25, at Peabody-Burns; Oct. 31, Centre
Coach: Grant Thierolf, 26th season, 148-90.
2012: 4-6, lost in first round of playoffs.
Top players: Taylor Heidebrecht, QB, 5-10, 155, sr.; Caleb Williams, RB-LB, 5-8, 196, sr.; John Nordquist, OL-DL, 5-11, 200, sr.; Nick Meyer, OL-DL, 6-3, 248, sr.; Morgan Wheeler, OL-DL, 6-2, 238, sr.; James Jones, WR-DB, 6-3, 192, sr.
Notes: The Warriors return 13 starters, including Nordquist, Meyer and Wheeler on both lines. Heidebrecht will run an option-based attack and has solid weapons around him in Jones, Williams and receiver Grif Case. Thierolf thinks this team can compete for the Heart of America title and have a chance at another playoff bid.
Schedule: Sept. 6, Ell-Saline; Sept. 13, at Sedgwick; Sept. 20, at Bennington; Sept. 27, Inman; Oct. 4, at Horton; Oct. 11, Hutchinson Trinity; Oct. 18, at Halstead; Oct. 25,Hillsboro; Oct. 31, Moundridge
Coach: Courtney Moddlemog, fifth season, 13-27.
Top players: Colby Badman, RB-DB, 5-8 155, sr.; Matt Castor, RB-LB, 5-8 185, sr.; Hunter Enyart, 6-2 185, WR-DB, sr.; Garrett Higgins, TE-DE, 6-1 190, sr.; Kyle Huxman, 6-0 185, OL-DE, sr.; Briar Thiessen, 5-9 180, OL-DL, sr.; Javin Foth, RB-DB, 5-6 155, sr.
Notes: Moundridge returns 18 starters, so Moddelmog feels like his team can take a significant step forward. Five of the Wildcats top blockers (including tight end) return. The depth will come from a highly anticipated freshman class.
Schedule: Sept. 6, Inman; Sept. 13, at Hutchinson Trinity; Sept. 20, at Ell-Saline; Sept. 27, Bennington; Oct. 4, at Remington; Oct. 11, Sedgwick; Oct. 18, at Hillsboro; Oct. 25, Halstead; Oct. 31, at Marion
Coach: Lucas Schroeder, third season, 5-13
Top players: Lucas Lohrman, WR, 5-9, 145, sr.; Tristian Wallace, WR, 5-10, 155, sr.; Daniel Behrens. RB, 5-7, 130, jr.; Brandon Mace, OL, 5-9, 204, jr.; Wyatt Lindsey, OL, 6-0, 170, jr.; Cale Goebel, WR, 5-10, 140, jr.; Jacob Norris, QB, 5-9, 135, so.
Notes: There are more players out for Norwich than any of the previous four seasons. With Lohrman, Wallace and Behrens, the Eagles have plenty of weapons for Norris, who started as a freshman. The key will be blocking up front.
Schedule: Sept. 6, South Haven; Sept. 13, at Oxford; Sept. 20, Argonia-Attica; Sept. 27, at Pretty Prairie; Oct. 4, at Cunningham; Oct. 11, Goessel; Oct. 18, at Stafford; Oct. 25, South Barber; Oct. 31, at Caldwell
Coach: Shawn Burkes, eighth season.
Top players: Dexter Norris, DB, 5-10, 160, sr; Tom Lawlis, OL-LB, 5-9, 165, sr.; Kurt Sloan, OL, 6-1, 195, sr.; Colten Silhan, FB-LB, 6-0, 190, jr.; Oggie Shimkus, C, 6-0, 195, jr.; Daelyn Haskins, RB-DB, 5-7, 160, jr.
Notes: The Wildcats have a lot of help on the defensive side back. Silhan averaged 10 tackles last season, while Lawlis was in on eight tackles a game. Norris also averaged eight tackles from his defensive back spot. Lawlis returns to the offensive line with Sloan and Shimkus. The three bring experience back and will pave the way for Haskins, who ran for 948 yards as a sophomore.
Schedule: Sept. 6, Argonia; Sept. 13, Norwich; Sept. 20, at Flint Hills; Sept. 27, Udall; Oct. 4, at South Haven; Oct. 11, at Sedan; Oct. 18, Central-Burden; Oct. 25, at Cedar Vale; Nov. 1, West Elk.
Coach: David Pickens, ninth season, 41-40
Top players: Braxton Kyle, QB-DB, 6-0, 168, jr.; Fred Windsor, RB-LB, 5-11, 180, sr.; Xavier Jabary, OL-DL, 6-0, 210, sr.; Kevin Boatrop, WR-DB, 5-11, 170, jr.; Keifer Larson, ATH-DL-LB, 5-8, 170, jr.; Kaden Gibson, ATH-DL, 5-8, 175, jr.; Kyle Seewey, ATH-LB, 5-10, 180, jr.
Notes: The Warriors will have the luxury of having a strong number of varsity returners, but will also have to deal with plenty of inexperience. Kyle will be one of the team leaders. He will be joined in the backfield again by Windsor. The Warriors will be helped defensively by the return of Kyle, Windsor and along with front with Larson and Gibson.
Schedule: Sept. 13, at Little River; Sept. 20, Burlingame; Sept. 27, Canton-Galva; Oct. 4, at Centre; Oct. 11, Hartford; Oct. 18, at Flinthills; Oct. 25, Madison-Hamilton; Nov. 1, at Lebo.
Coach: Jon Novotny, seventh season, 15-39
Top players: Dustin Weber, RB, 6-1, 160, jr.; Cole Patterson, QB, 6-1, 180, sr.; Brandon Abbott, WR, 6-1, 170, sr.; Blake Lee, OL, 5-9, 210, jr.; Dan Hacker, LB, 6-2, 220, jr.; Landon Lee, DL, 5-10, 240, jr.; Layton Kenworthy, DL, 6-2, 240, jr.
Notes: As rough of a season as Skyline had a year ago, the team kept things in perspective. Losing just two seniors, the Thunderbirds have plenty of experience back, helped by a strong junior class this fall. The Thunderbirds have plenty of size of the defensive side, led by Hacker, Lee and Kenworthy.
Schedule: Sept. 6, South Barber; Sept. 13, at Cunningham; Sept. 20, South Central; Sept. 27, at Otis-Bison; Sept. 30, Word of Life; Oct. 4, at Fairfield; Oct. 11, Kiowa County; Oct. 18, at St. John; Oct. 25, Macksville; Oct. 31, at Kinsley.
Coach: Chris Lawler, 10th season, 49-37
Top players: Hunter Hill, QB-DB, sr; Eli Igo, WR-LB, sr; Casey Westerfield, RB-LB, jr.; Wyatt Lear RB-LB, j; Chance Bowen, WR-DB, so; Bryce Kahle, OL-DL, so; Joey Laham, OL-DL, so; Joel Eck, OL-DL, so; Blaine Cody, WR-DB, so.
Notes: Last year was a learning experience for Remington. The Broncos were young and took plenty of lumps on their way to a 1-8 season. With 10 returning starters, Remington hopes to leave last season a distant memory. Hill has Igo and Lear in the backfield with him and Hill can throw to Westerfield and Bowen.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Bennington; Sept. 13, Ell-Saline; Sept. 20, at SE-Saline; Sept. 27, at Hutchinson Trinity; Oct. 4, Moundridge; Oct. 11, Hillsboro; Oct. 18, Bluestem; Oct. 25, at Independent; Oct. 31, at Sedgwick.
Coach: Jeff Werner, eighth season, 48-22.
2012: 10-2, lost in 3A quarterfinals.
Top players: Dalton Brandt, RB-LB, 5-9, 180, sr.; Trey Tucker, OL-DE, 6-0, 225, sr.; Greer Chandler, RB-OLB, 5-10, 180, sr.; Brylie Ware, QB-DB, 5-11, 195, jr.; Luke Brennis, WR-OLB, 5-10, 170, sr.; Christian Teufel, DE, 5-10, 225, sr.; Phil Williams, OL-DE, 5-10, 210, sr.; Colby Weber, WR-CB, 5-9, 175, sr.; Tanner Liby, WR-DB, 6-2, 165, sr.; Cameron Fields, WR-LB, 6-2, 175, sr.
Notes: The Cardinals surpassed 50 points three times during the regular season and went 2-1 in the Class 3A playoffs, falling to Beloit. Brandt, who finished with 1,765 rushing yards to go with 21 touchdowns, leads the returning starters. Werner said his defense’s biggest strength is at linebacker, where Werner said there is a lot of experience. Teufel, an all-league selection, heads the defensive line. Ware had amassed 1,100 passing yards in the first four weeks before being injured.
Schedule: Sept. 6, Olpe; Sept. 13, Marion; Sept. 20, at Sacred Heart; Sept. 27, at Ell-Saline; Oct. 4, Hutchinson Trinity; Oct. 11, at Moundridge; Oct. 18, Independent; Oct. 25, at Bluestem; Nov. 1, Remington.
Coach: Tim Rector, second season, 7-3.
2012: 7-3. Top players: Peyton Yandel, QB-DB, 5-10, 175, jr.; Dylan Allison, RB-LB, 5-9, 165, jr.; Eli Corino, OL-DL, 6-3, 285, sr.; Taylor Donaldson, WR-DB, 5-10, 150, sr.; Kale Girty, TE-DE, 6-0, 180, sr.
Notes: South Barber reached the playoffs last year in Rector’s first year, and returns experience to this season’s team. Speed and athleticism will help its running game, where Rector is looking to become more methodical this year. The defense served as a weakness for South Barber last season, and will need to improve for a deeper run in playoffs. Lack of depth is another challenge this team will need to overcome.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Pratt Skyline; Sept. 13, at South Haven; Sept. 20, Shattuck (Okla.); Sept. 27, at Stafford; Oct. 4, Macksville; Oct. 11, at Caldwell; Oct. 18, Argonia-Attica; Oct. 25, at Norwich; Oct. 31, Cunningham.
Coach: David Hughes, 27th season, 151-92
Last season: 10-1, lost in second round of playoffs
Top players: J.T. Yunker, RB-DB, 6-1, 185, sr.; Anthony Hawkins, DL, 6-2, 195, sr.; Riley Blaylock, DB, 5-11, 165, sr.; Richie Goble, OL-LB, 6-2, 210, sr.; Tanner Creed, OL-DL, 5-10, 160, sr.
Notes: A season that saw South Haven win each of its first 10 games by at least 30 points ended when the Cardinals were overmatched by Madison-Hamilton in their second playoff game. Several key players are back to attempt to expand on that success, even though a strong group of seniors departed. Creed and Hawkins form an impressive pair on the defensive line, with Goble’s athleticism there to back them up.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Norwich; Sept. 13, vs. South Barber; Sept. 20, at Cedar Vale-Dexter; Sept. 27, at West Elk; Oct. 4, vs. Oxford; Oct. 11, vs. Udall; Oct. 18, at Caldwell; Oct. 25, at Sedan; Oct. 31, vs. Central-Burden
Coach: Trey Hall, seventh season, 36-23
Top players: T.J. Fleming, OL-LB, 6-0, 180, sr.; Michael Lee, WR-DB, 5-8, 170, sr.; Daniel Lee, QB-DB, 5-8, 165, sr.; Antonio Kitt, WR, 6-2, 185, sr.; Caleb Hess, DL, 5-8, 170, sr.
Notes: Because of lack of enrollment, Sunrise will drop to Eight-Man this season. Size will be an issue for the Buffaloes, as well as experience and depth. However, there is a core group of players that have been starters for two years that give Sunrise pieces to improve.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Oxford; Sept. 13, at Saint Mary’s; Sept. 20, OKC Patriots; Sept. 27, Cair Paravel; Oct. 4, at Logan; Oct. 11, Heartland Christian; Oct. 18, at Natoma; Oct. 25, KC (Mo.) Christ Prep; Oct. 31, at Stafford
Coach: Wyatt Williams, seventh year, 36-31
Top players: Hunter Kistler, QB-LB, 5-10, 175, jr.; Kody Martin, RB-WR-LB, 5-11, 200, jr.; Alex Perez, WR, 5-11, 170, so; Zach Kratochvil, C, 6-1, 165, sr; Nolan Williams, LB, 6-0, 170, so; Tylor Kristler, FB, 5-6, 150, sr.; Dalton Loos, LB, 5-7, 155, so; Tanner Bonnell, NG, 5-9, 170, jr.
Notes: Udall returns a strong core from last year’s squad that made the playoffs and expectations are high to be back in the post season. Junior Hunter Kistler is back at quarterback and is also one of the team leaders on the defense. Kody Martin is a familiar presence on both sides after starting last year for Udall, who is expecting to have close to 30 players out this season.
Schedule: Sept. 6, at Argonia; Sept. 13, Caldwell; Sept. 20, West Elk; Sept. 27, at Oxford; Oct. 4, at Central Christian; Oct. 11, at South Haven; Oct. 18, Sedan; Oct. 25, at Central-Burden; Oct. 31, Cedar Vale-Dexter.