The Wichita Eagle and VarsityKansas gear up for the 2011 high school football season by presenting in-depth previews for 30 area teams.
“I think the pieces are there, we just have to get the kids a fundamental base of what they’re doing.”
AT A GLANCE
Last season: 1-8
Last five seasons: 11-35
Projected 2011 playoff team? No
BEST SKILL PLAYERS
Kaale McCulloch 6-1 180 QB Jr.Roque Villarreal 5-8 160 RB Sr.Devin Webber 5-9 155 LB Sr.Lucas Marsh 6-1 220 LB Sr.
James Cooper 6-3 300 OL Sr.Wayne Adams 5-10 220 OL Sr.Caddo Meeks 6-1 200 DL Sr.Bradley Payne 6-0 195 DL So.
DEVIN WEBBER ON HIS TEAM
What South does well: “We’ve been working on harder than last year and practicing better and working better as a team. Last year we were weak in the mental part of the game.”
What has to improve: “We’ve got a lot of young players who don’t know the game very much. We’ve been trying to teach them the game and work the basics and keep working on that.”
Sept. 2 West (at Heights 7 p.m. L,14-6Sept. 9 at Carroll 7 p.m. L,59-0Sept. 16 Kapaun (at WSU) 7 p.m. L,56-6Sept. 23 East 7 p.m. L,27-6Sept. 30 Hays 7 p.m. L,57-14Oct. 7 Heights 7 p.m. L,77-0Oct. 14 North 7 p.m. W,25-19Oct. 21 at Campus 7 p.m. L,31-0Oct. 28 at Northwest 7 p.m. L,35-0
A year after advancing to the Class 6A playoffs and upsetting eventual runner-up Heights, South regressed by four wins and lost six games by at least 31 points, including 77-0 to Heights. The offense could be improved through experience, as backfield mates McCulloch and Villarreal are veterans of South and of Brack, who enters his third year.
Depth could be a problem for South, but with nearly every starter returning, that might not be a major issue. The defense features plenty of experience and will likely be anchored by linebackers Webber and Marsh. Having two capable linebackers will help as South moves to a 3-4 scheme. McCulloch and Villarreal could be aided by a seasoned offensive line.
- Jeffrey Lutz