The Wichita Eagle and VarsityKansas gear up for the 2011 high school football season by presenting in-depth previews for 30 area teams.
“I’m expecting for this team to turn Southeast back to its winning tradition and re-grab a hold of its roots that this program had for a long time.”
AT A GLANCE
Last season: 2-7
Last five seasons: 23-25
Projected 2011 playoff team? No
BEST SKILL PLAYERS
Bradan Smith 5-10 165 RB Sr.Antonio McPherson 5-10 155 S Sr.Tyrone Wright 6-0 180 S Sr.Lorenz Moore 5-8 150 FB Jr.
Darius Jiggetts 5-10 220 C Sr.Larry Ford 5-11 250 OT Jr.Brett Bluma 6-1 195 DE Sr.Marquil Jones-Walker 6-3 210 DE Sr.
TYRONE WRIGHT ON HIS TEAM
What Southeast does well: “I feel like we work hard and we deserve (to win). We want it more than any other team does.”
What has to improve: “One of the things we need to improve on is self-esteem. We have to boost our confidence and work hard in practice.”
Sept. 2 Dodge City (at NW) 7 p.m. L,40-7Sept. 8 Kapaun (at NW) 7 p.m. L,43-9Sept. 15 Carroll (at South) 7 p.m. L,42-7Sept. 22 North (at South) 7 p.m. W,14-0Sept. 30 vs. West (at NW) 7 p.m. W,36-14Oct. 7 at Northwest 7 p.m. L,31-3Oct. 14 at Derby 7 p.m. L,47-14Oct. 21 Heights (at South) 7 p.m. L,56-0Oct. 28 East (at South) 7 p.m. L,42-33
Asmussen will platoon at Southeast, a major change that could benefit its offense most because of the depth at the skill positions. There could be early struggles, though, as inexperienced players learn their positions, as well as the team learning the Buffaloes’ offensive and defensive schemes.
Offense is the most prepared for the Buffaloes’ opener against Dodge City. Smith brings not only experience, but he’s a playmaker with the ability to catch and run the ball up the middle or around end. Southeast, which has had two straight losing seasons, will run the option with a two-quarterback system, utilizing Parks and Abiel Teike.
-- Joanna Chadwick