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Football 2015: A look at the Derby Panthers

2015 Derby football players' preseason video interviews

Derby football players discuss the upcoming 2015 season during a video interview with Joanna Chadwick of the Wichita Eagle and VarsityKansas.com on Aug. 5, 2015.
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Derby football players discuss the upcoming 2015 season during a video interview with Joanna Chadwick of the Wichita Eagle and VarsityKansas.com on Aug. 5, 2015.

Coach: Brandon Clark, ninth season, 68-34

League: AV-CTL I

Last season: 9-2, lost in 6A quarterfinals

Last five seasons: 44-14

Projected 2015 playoff team? Yes

Top skill players

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Pos.

Yr.

Brady Rust

5-10

180

QB

Sr.

Garrett Xanders

5-8

165

RB

Sr.

Damare Simms

6-1

185

DB

Sr.

Jacob Moeder

6-0

195

DB

Sr.

Top linemen

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Pos.

Yr.

Trevor Hudson

6-4

290

OL

Sr.

Tyler Lovette

6-2

290

C

Sr.

Ryan Stang

6-2

210

DL

Sr.

Peerless Walker

6-0

250

DL

Sr.

2014 results

Opponent

Score

Maize

L,20-13

Salina Central

W,35-14

Mill Valley

W,35-14

Hutchinson

W,35-28

Newton

W,45-14

Salina South

W,45-14

Campus

W,49-13

Wichita South

W,52-14

West

W,45-13

East

W,39-7

Hutchinson

L,35-28

2015 schedule

Date

Opponent

Sept. 4

Maize

Sept. 11

at Salina Central

Sept. 18

at Mill Valley

Sept. 25

Hutchinson

Oct. 2

Newton

Oct. 9

at Salina South

Oct. 16

Campus

Oct. 23

Wichita South

Oct. 30

West (at Hts)

Brady Rust on his team

What Derby does well: “Our team plays really, really well together. We’re all really good friends. We’re best friends, we grew up together.… We don’t have any superstars. We’re there for each other.”

What has to improve: “I would say probably the discipline. Sometimes if we are playing really well, and we think we’re too good, we’ll let off the gas a little bit. That’s probably where we need to improve the most. And probably leadership and putting in the extra time.”

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