Carroll, Kapaun play for City League supremacy
Bishop Carroll football coach Alan Schuckman watches video of Kapaun Mount Carmel and sees something he hasn’t seen before, something that he, above anyone else, would recognize.
“I think (Kapaun) has always had good players, they’ve had guys in the NFL and playing Division I,” Schuckman said. “But you look out there and what’s different is you see a sense of belief. Instead of pointing fingers, you see guys playing together. And that’s what’s carried them.”
Kapaun (5-0), the No. 1 team in Class 5A, will need that belief and then some headed into Friday night’s showdown at Cessna Stadium with No. 2 Carroll (5-0), the defending 5A champion.
The Golden Eagles are also on an 18-game winning streak. The winner is the City League champ since Carroll has no more league games remaining and Kapaun, even with a loss against West in its final league game, would have the league’s best winning percentage.
“You hope, in the middle of the season, your kids are in a groove and it doesn’t matter if it’s a rival or whatever,” Kapaun coach Dan Adelhardt said. “(Carroll) is the defending state champion, on the big streak and we’re the underdogs. Sure, we’re going to be a little nervous headed out there on Friday. But if you don’t feel those things, there might be something wrong with you. I tell the kids not to take anything for granted, to take the highs and lows together.”
Adelhardt, in his ninth season, has never beaten Carroll.
“It’s been a battle a lot of those years, some great games,” Adelhardt said. “It just hasn’t been very favorable for us. We haven’t come out on top, but you just keep slugging along and get ready to execute and hope you make the right calls at the right time.”
The player making the calls for Carroll on the field has undergone some change in the last couple of weeks. Shuckman replaced quarterback Tyler Skilling with Colton Howell when Skilling struggled against Northwest. Howell rushed for 67 yards on 17 carries and threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Scott Linnebur in the fourth quater.
Howell will get the start against Kapaun.
“It was a pretty contested battle (at quarterback) before the season, so it’s (Howell’s) job going forward, but I wouldn’t be afraid to do the same thing I did against Northwest,” Schuckman said. “We feel like we can win with both quarterbacks. I always tell people that I’d rather have two quarterbacks than none.”
On defense, Carroll has found an emerging star in 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior linebacker Nick Nolting, who leads the team with 30 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss and three sacks.
“I like playing in a college stadium, in a great atmosphere,” Schuckman said. “There’s a lot of room to fit people in there, there’s a lot of excitement and buildup for this game. It’s another opportunity for us to prove ourselves.”
WIN NO. 200 FOR HOPE’S HOSTETTER
It was 1989, and Hope was going to try something new with its football coach.
“I was coaching my younger brother and originally I told everybody I’d just do it for four years,” coach Jeff Hostetter said, “and then we started getting on a run.”
Four years ... plus 20 more. Hostetter won his 200th game as Hope’s coach last Friday with a 52-22 win over Argonia-Attica. Hope has 19 state playoff berths under Hostetter, including four runner-up finishes and an 8-Man II title in 2003. Hostetter, who has an overall record of 200-62, owns a custom application business spraying herbicide and chemicals.
“I think I’m down to my last three years,” said Hostetter, who graduated from Hope in 1980. “I’ve got two sons playing. Trevor and Trace, who is a freshman.”
Hope (4-1) opens district play against Southern Cloud on Friday.
On every level of football, there is a premium on players such as Heights defensive lineman Aderio Ammons.
It’s because that combination of size and talent — he’s 6-foot-1, 305 pounds and a two-time All-Metro selection — is incredibly rare. One player who, the entire game, occupies two or three offensive linemen.
What level he takes his sought-after talents to next season remains to be seen.
“I’m trying to focus on the present,” Ammons said. “After this season I’ll focus on the next level. It’s nerve-wracking to think (about the future) too much. ”
Ammons has yet to qualify to play for a Football Bowl Subdivision school because his ACT score is just a few points short. He’ll take the test again at the end of October.
“He has Division I talent, there’s no doubt about that,” Heights coach Terry Harrison said. “I don’t know what route he’s going to have to take, but I think even if he has to go to a junior college he’s going to end up at a Division I school. It’s certainly nice to have a guy like that on your side opposed to how hard it is to try and block somebody like him.”
MARTIN WILL COACH SHRINE BOWL
Northwest coach Steve Martin received the e-mail from Shrine Bowl executive director Jeff Boone on Wednesday, and it was really just a formality.
Yes, he would be proud to coach the West in next year’s Shrine Bowl, which will be in Pittsburg.
“It’s pretty cool,” Martin said. “There’s a lot of work that goes into it ... you don’t see the 10 days of grueling practices the kids go through. A lot of coaches joke you need a 10-year break after you’re the coach. But it’s absolutely worth it when you see the impact it has on the kids’ lives and how it helps the Shriners.”
Martin was an assistant on this year’s West squad to Hays coach Ryan Cornelsen.
“The biggest worry is that it takes away from your program you’re trying to run, but we give our kids two weeks off in the summer and we can plan it around that,” Martin said. “And it also takes some time away from your family, but my wife and kids are going to be in Pittsburg, staying in a hotel and spending some of dad’s money. And I’m good with that. Wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Hesston senior Ryan Schadler continues to rack up huge numbers — he has 1,354 rushing yards. But now he’s got company in the 1,000-yard club from a trio of area rushers.
Mulvane’s Michael Mason (1,131 yards), Trinity Academy’s Tyler Burns (1,044) and Maize’s Chase White (1,028) all joined Schadler in eclipsing that mark with last week’s performances.