Varsity Football

Capsules of area small-school football teams

Note: Names and player information are compiled through surveys and interviews with coaches. Area teams not profiled did not return requested information by The Eagle.

Argonia

Coach: Luke Greenwood, fourth season, 16-11. 2011: 4-5. Top players: Hunter Gaddie, RB-DB, 5-9, 165, sr.; Lance Conklin, QB, 6-0, 165, sr.; Garrett Thompson, FB-LB, 6-0, 185, sr.; Gus Tracy, TE-LB, 5-11, 165, sr.; Kaleb Dickerson, DL, 5-9, 165, sr.

Notes: Argonia will have a strong core to work around with five seniors.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Udall; Sept. 7, Cedar Vale-Dexter; Sept. 14, Norwich; Sept. 21, at Cunningham; Sept. 28, Attica; Oct. 5, at Stafford; Oct. 12, South Barber; Oct. 19, at Caldwell; Oct. 25, Burrton.

Attica

Coach: Lance Vandeveer, 14th season, 103-81. 2011: 0-9. Top players: Vince Ramirez, OL-DE, 6-0, 170, sr.; Tyler Nemeckek, C-NG, 5-10, 210, sr.

Notes: The Bulldogs will again be lacking in size, but will have more team speed this season.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Oxford; Sept. 7, at Central Christian; Sept. 14, South Barber; Sept. 21, at Caldwell; Sept. 28, at Argonia; Oct. 5, Norwich; Oct. 12, at Cunningham; Oct. 19, at Kiowa County; Oct. 25, Stafford.

Burrton

Coach: Aaron Glendening, first season. 2011: 2-7. Top players: Caleb Hurst, QB-CB; Davon DeMaris, RB-LB; Daniel Bingham, RB-DB; Tommy Seymour, OL; Nathan Harper, OL; Joey Burr, DL.

Notes: The Chargers return a lot of experience, including quarterback Caleb Hurst.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Fairfield; Sept. 7, Stafford; Sept. 14, Tescott; Sept. 21, at Goessel; Sept. 28, Chase; Oct. 5, at White City; Oct. 12, Hope; Oct. 19, at Southern Cloud; Oct. 25, at Argonia.

Caldwell

Coach: Sean Blosser, second season, 5-4. 2011: 5-4. Top players: Alec Webster, RB-DB, 5-11, 170, sr.; Colton Wahley, OL-LB, 5-11, 200, sr.; Jahue Arnett, RB-OL-LB, 6-0, 185, sr.; Cole Dierking, TE-DE, 6-1, 175, sr.; Rhett Lee, TE-DE, 5-9, 150, jr.; Darin Ward, QB-DB, 5-8, 145, so.; Trent Kendrick, RB/DB, 5-9, 160, so.

Notes: Blosser is hoping a summer of hard work will pay off for his team led by four seniors.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Central-Burden; Sept. 7, Udall; Sept. 14, Cunningham; Sept. 21, Attica; Sept. 28, at Stafford; Oct. 5, at South Barber; Oct. 12, at South Haven; Oct. 19, Argonia; Oct. 25, at Norwich.

Cedar Vale-Dexter

Coach: Justin Strodtman, first season. 2011: 1-8. Top players: Colton Massey, QB-LB, 5-10, 160, so.; Devon Ames, RB-WR-DB, 6-0, 165, sr.; Colt Rose, OL-LB, 5-11, 215, sr.; Jacody Bratcher, LB, 5-7, 150, so.; Kaden Boatman, DB, 5-10, 155, so.; Dalton Sweeney, DB-5-9, 160, jr.

Notes: Just a sophomore, Massey has proven to be a strong vocal leader at quarterback for the Spartans.

Schedule: Aug. 31., Flinthills; Sept. 7, at Argonia; Sept. 14, at South Haven; Sept. 21, Sedan; Sept. 28, at Central-Burden; Oct. 5, at Centre; Oct. 12, West Elk, Oct. 19, at Oxford; Oct. 25, Udall.

Central-Burden

Coach: Romney Runyan, first season. 2011: 9-2. Top players: Kasey Biddle, QB-DB, 5-10, 150, sr.; Austin Mettling, RB-LB, 180, sr.; Brett Magner, RB-LB, 5-9, 185, sr.; Zach Koppelman, C-DT, 6-1, 205, sr.

Notes: The Raiders will have a strong line to lead the offense, and plenty of speed on the defensive side.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Caldwell; Sept. 7, at Flinthills; Sept. 14, at Sedan; Sept. 21, Yates Center; Sept. 28, Cedar Vale-Dexter; Oct. 5, at West Elk; Oct. 12, Oxford; Oct. 19, Udall; Oct. 25, South Haven.

Centre

Coach: Kelly Steiner, seventh season, 28-29. 2011: 4-5. Top players: Kyle Methvin, QB-LB, 5-11, 185, jr.; Houston Svoboda, HB-CB, 5-6, 155, sr.; Kendall Harding, DE, 5-10, 170, sr.; Justin Deines, E-S, 6-1, 160, sr.; Chad Mueler, G-LB, 5-11, 170, jr.; Tanner Peterson, G, 5-11, 185, jr.; Terren Thompson, CB, 5-9, 150, jr.

Notes: Centre is looking for the experience a young squad gained last season, will benefit them this year.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Goessel; Sept. 7, at Wakefield; Sept. 14., at Lebo; Sept. 21, Burlingame; Sept. 28, at Peabody-Burns; Oct. 5, Cedar Vale-Dexter; Oct. 12, Hartford; Oct. 19, at Flinthills; Oct. 25, Madison.

Cunningham

Coach: Lance McGuire, seventh season, 22-32. 2011: 1-8. Top players: Zach Chamber, Conor Hamilton, Nick Huhman, Jordan

Schaller, Dylan Moran, Michael Westerman.

Notes: The Wildcats return seven starters on both the offensive and

defensive sides.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Pretty Prairie; Sept. 7, at Pratt Skyline; Sept. 14, at Caldwell; Sept. 21, Argonia; Sept. 28, at Norwich; Oct. 5, Fairfield; Oct. 12, Attica; Oct. 19, at Stafford; Oct. 25, South Barber.

Eureka

Coach: Austin Wutrich, third season, 9-10. 2011: 4-5. Top players: Cody Ray, RB, 5-8, 145, sr.; Logan Hays, RB, 6-1, 195, jr.; Wes Moots, WR, 6-5, 180, jr.; Quade McCoy, OL, 6-3, 250, jr.; Paul Wilson, OL, 6-0, 230, jr.

Notes: A very young team, Eureka has one senior returning with varsity experience.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Haven; Sept. 7, at Oswego; Sept. 14, NE-Arma; Sept. 21, Neodosha; Sept. 28, Caney Valley; Oct. 5, Cherryvale; Oct. 12, at Humboldt; Oct. 19, Burlington; Oct. 25, at Fredonia.

Goessel

Coach: Garrett Hiebert, first season. 2011: 1-8. Top players: Trey Schmidt, QB-DB, 6-0, 180, sr.; Nic Buller, E-DB, 6-0, 160, sr.; Shane Goerzen, WR-DB, 5-3, 120, sr.; Brian Hiebert, OL-DL, 6-3, 195, jr.; Zach Showalter, E-LB, 5-9, 190, jr.; Mark Schmidt, FB-LB, 5-9, 180, jr.

Notes: Goessel’s offense will be its strength this season with experienced skill players and a solid offensive line. The Bluebirds’ offense will force their opponents to defend the run and the pass, but must be able to run the ball better in order to set up passing.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Centre; Sept. 7, Canton-Galva; Sept. 14, at Southern Cloud; Sept. 21, Burrton; Sept. 28, at Tescott; Oct. 5, at St. John’s Military; Oct. 12, Chase; Oct. 19, at White City; Oct. 25, Hope.

Hutchinson Central Christian

Coach: Jay Walter, seventh season, 6-36. 2011: 0-9. Top players: Jacob Blessing, QB-DB, 5-10, 165, jr.; Matt Rich, TE-DE, 5-10, 175, jr.; Brandon Heide, FB-LB, 5-11, 170, jr.; Ethan Price, TB-OLB, 5-7, 160, so.; Jeremy Richards, TB-C, 5-7, 155, sr.; Aaron Krehbiel, OL-DL, 5-8, 185, jr.

Notes: Defense will be a strength for the Cougars, who will rely on speed and aggressiveness. Central Christian will play club football this season, but will enter KSHSAA next season.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Canton Galva; Sept. 7, Attica; Sept. 14, at Stafford; Sept. 21, Little River; Sept. 28, at Udall; Oct. 5, at Rock Hills; Oct. 12, Flinthills Christian; Oct. 25, at St. John’s Military.

Hutchinson Trinity

Coach: Brad Hollinger, first season. 2011: 6-3. Top players: Tom Mailoux, RB-LB, 6-0, 190, sr.; Isaac Thibault, RB-DB, 5-9, 165, sr.; Spencer Truman, RB-DB, 5-10, 160, jr.; Jerome Miller, OL-DL, 6-6, 260, jr.; Joey Hale, OL-LB, 6-0, 215, so.

Notes: The return of all-league linebacker Tom Mailoux will strengthen the defense for Hutch Trinity. Truman made 28 of 30 PATs last season.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Salina Sacred Heart; Sept. 7, at Moundridge; Sept. 14, Inman; Sept. 21, at Remington; Sept. 28, Sedgwick; Oct. 5, Marion; Oct. 12, Kingman; Oct. 19, at Garden Plain; Oct. 25, at Haven.

Inman

Coach: Mike Vernon, first season. 2011: 2-7. Top players: Tyler Cottam, RB, 5-11, 163, jr.; Alex Ropp, OL, 6-2, 278, sr.; Zach Ryan OL, 6-1, 213, sr.; Justin Friesen, QB, 6-1, 168, jr.; Cody Seiler, LB, 6-2, 175, sr.; Josh Miller, DB, 5-7, 160, sr.

Notes: Inman returns most of its team from last season, but will have to adjust to a new coaching staff. The Teutons expect to use its strong running offense, led by Cottam.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Moundridge; Sept. 7, at Bennington; Sept. 14, at Hutchinson Trinity; Sept. 21, Marion; Sept. 28, Medicine Lodge; Oct. 5, at LaCrosse; Oct. 12, at Herington; Oct. 19, Sterling; Oct. 26, at Ellinwood.

Madison

Coach: Fred McClain, 14th season, 132-32. 2011: 13-0. Top players: Willie Derryberry, RB-LB, 6-0, 175, sr.; Matthew Glazier, OG-LB, 6-0, 190, sr.; Nick Young, OG-NG, 6-2, 290, sr.; Dallas Thompson, RB-DB, 6-0, 218, jr.; Hayden Serrer, C-LB, 5-10, 214, jr.; Ed Alvarez, RB-C, 5-9, 160, sr.

Notes: After finishing an undefeated season and claiming the Eight-Man I title, Madison returns most of its core. The running game will be strong with Derryberry and Thompson.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Baileyville; Sept. 7, at Marais des Cygnes Valley; Sept. 14, at Hartford; Sept. 21, Flinthills; Sept. 28, Wichita Home School; Oct. 5, Lebo; Oct. 12, at Burlingame; Oct. 19, Peabody-Burns; Oct. 25, at Centre.

Marion

Coach: Grant Thierolf, 26th season, 144-84. 2011: 5-4. Top players: Taylor Heidebrecht, QB-CB, 5-10, 155, jr.; Brody Carroll, SB-LB, 5-9, 150, sr.; Isaac Baldwin, OT-DT, 5-11, 222, sr.; Spencer Fugitt, OG-LB, 6-1, 214, sr.; James Jones, SB-CB, 6-3, 182, jr.; Jacob Harper, WR-S, 6-2, 173, sr.

Notes: Marion will depend on Heidebrecht taking over quarterback to work with Jones and Carroll to carry the ball. Isaac Baldwin returns to lead the defense, despite the loss of three starters from last year.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Ell-Saline; Sept. 7, Sedgwick; Sept. 14, Bennington; Sept. 21, at Inman; Sept. 28, Sunrise Christian; Oct. 5, at Hutch Trinity; Oct. 12, Halstead; Oct. 19, at Hillsboro; Oct. 25, at Moundridge.

Moundridge

Coach: Courtney Moddelmog, fourth season, 12-19. 2011: 5-5. Top players: Daniel Ratzlaff, RB-LB, 5-10, 190, sr.; Kyle Huxman, OL-LB, 6-0, 185, jr.; Seth Diederich, OL-DL, 6-2, 210, jr.; Garrett Higgins, TE-LB, 6-1, 185, jr.; Matt Castor, RB-LB, 5-8, 185, jr.; Dale Asher, OL-LB, 5-11, 180, jr.

Notes: Moundridge only returns one running back, Ratzlaff, but will look to fill the remaining running back and quarterback positions with senior transfers Shawn Wadley and Antoine Washington, along with younger players. This will be the first year in Class 3A for Moundridge.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Inman; Sept. 7, Hutchinson Trinity; Sept. 14, at Ell-Saline; Sept. 21, at Bennington; Sept. 28, Remington; Oct. 5, at Sedgwick; Oct. 12, Hillsboro; Oct. 19, at Halstead; Oct. 25, Marion.

Norwich

Coach: Lucas Schroeder, second season, 3-6. 2011: 3-6. Top players: Brandon Depriest, WR-LB, 5-10, 154, sr.; Jackson Coleman, QB, 5-9, 141, jr.; Lucas Lohrman, OL-LB, 5-9, 145, jr.; Cale Goebel, WR-DB, 5-10, 145, so.; Daniel Behrens, WR-DB, 5-7, 138, so.; Brandon Mace, OL, 5-9, 205, so.

Notes: Norwich returns five starters on offense that averaged 314 yards of total offense and 29 points. Coleman will make the offense go after nine touchdowns and 839 yards last year.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at South Haven; Sept. 7, Oxford; Sept. 14, at Argonia; Sept. 21, Pretty Prairie; Sept. 28, Cunningham; Oct. 5, at Attica; Oct. 12, Stafford; Oct. 19, at South Barber; Oct. 25, Caldwell.

Oxford

Coach: Shawn Burkes, eighth season, 24-43. 2011: 3-6. Top players: Gage Burkes, QB-DE, 6-3, 181, sr.; Garret Kennedy, C-NG, 6-4, 270, sr.; Brett Ross, RB-LB, 5-8, 170, sr.; Gary Palmer, TE-FS, 5-11, 165, sr.; Tom Lawlis, G-LB, 5-8, 172, jr.; Alex Jones, G-DE, 5-11, 170, sr.

Notes: Oxford looks to improve after an injury-filled season by returning all starters on both sides. The defense will be a particular strength.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Attica; Sept. 7, at Norwich; Sept. 14, Flinthills Christian; Sept. 21, at Udall; Sept. 28, South Haven; Oct. 5, Sedan; Oct. 12, at Central-Burden; Oct. 19, Cedar Vale; Oct. 25, at West Elk.

Peabody-Burns

Coach: David Pickens, eighth season. 2011: 4-5. Top players: Austin Savage, RB-DL, 5-11, 200, sr.; Hunter Pickens, QB-LB, 6-0, 190, sr.; Lucas Larsen, OL-DE, 6-0, 200, sr.; Xavier Jabary, DL, 5-10, 200, jr.

Notes: Led by Savage and Pickens, Peabody-Burns enters its second Eight-Man I season. It’s also in a new district.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at White City; Sept. 7, Little River; Sept. 14, at Burlingame; Sept. 21, at Canton Galva; Sept. 28, Centre; Oct. 5, at Hartford; Oct. 12, Flinthills; Oct. 19, at Madison-Hamilton, Oct. 25, Lebo.

Pratt Skyline

Coach: Jon Novotny, sixth season. 2011: 6-3. Top players: Brandon Baird, FB-LB, 5-9, 190, sr.; Sam Howell, DL, 5-10, 170, sr.; Dustin Weber, RB, 5-10, 150, so.; Blake Lee, QB, 5-9, 190, so.

Notes: After graduating eight seniors, including five all-league players, Baird and Howell represent the only two seniors on a team built with many underclassmen. Baird looks to build upon an all-league season at linebacker.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at South Barber; Sept. 7, at Cunningham; Sept. 14, at South Central; Sept. 21, Otis-Bison; Sept. 28, Fairfield; Oct. 5, at Kiowa County; Oct. 12, St. John; Oct. 19, at Macksville; Oct. 25, Kinsley.

Pretty Prairie

Coach: CT Young, 11th season. 2011: 8-2. Top players: Alex Mains, QB, 5-10, 150, sr.; Justin Haflich, RB-TE, 6-0, 160, sr.; Tyler Markus, RB-DB, 5-10, 162, sr.; Stetson Broce, WR-DB, 6-5, 200, sr.

Notes: A deep skill position unit returns to build upon last season’s first-round playoff loss to South Gray. Filling holes on the offensive and defensive fronts will be a crucial part of the Bulldogs’ season.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Cunningham; Sept. 7, Fairfield; Sept. 14, Baileyville; Sept. 21, Norwich; Sept. 28 Little River; Oct. 5, at Central Plains; Oct. 12, Canton-Galva; Oct. 19, Lincoln; Oct. 25, at Solomon.

Remington

Coach: Chris Lawler, ninth season. 2011: 3-6. Top players: Kyle Regier, RB-LB, 6-1, 175, sr.; Kale Zonnefeld, WR-DL, 6-3, 170, sr.; Jake Abrahams, OL-DL, 6-0, 220, sr.; Will Johnson, OL-DL, 5-10, 205, jr.

Notes: Experience is strong with eight starters return on offense. With depth in question, health will be an important part of Remington’s season.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Bennington; Sept. 7 at Ell-Saline; Sept. 14, SE-Saline; Sept. 21, Hutch Trinity; Sept. 28, at Moundridge; Oct. 5, at Hillsboro; Oct. 12, at Bluestem; Oct. 19, Wichita Independent; Oct. 25, Sedgwick.

Sedan

Coach: Mick Holt, third season. 2011: 8-1. Top players: Nick Kimple, QB-DB, 5-11, 160, sr.; Austin Filtingberger, FB-LB, 5-9, 160, sr.; Zane Mills, RB, 6-0, 155, jr.

Notes: Sedan will look to the backfield trio of Kimple, Filtingberger and Mills to guide the way into the postseason. Coming off an 8-1 record, they will need to fill several spots after graduating six starters.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Yates Center; Sept. 7, Uniontown; Sept. 14, Central-Burden; Sept. 21, at Cedar Vale-Dexter; Sept. 28, West Elk; Oct. 5, at Oxford; Oct. 12, Udall; Oct. 19, at South Haven; Oct. 25, Burlingame.

Sedgwick

Coach: Jeff Werner, seventh season. 2011: 10-1. Top players: Logan Thompson, RB-LB, 6-2, 225, sr.; Dalton Brandt, RB-LB, 5-9, 180, sr.; Nic Johnson, WR-LB, 5-10, 155, sr.; Trey Tucker, OL-DL, 6-0, 210, jr.

Notes: Sedgwick will look to Brandt to build upon his 945 rushing yards. Seven starters return in the Cardinal defense.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Olpe; Sept. 7, at Marion; Sept. 14, Salina Sacred Heart; Sept. 21, Ell-Saline; Sept. 28, at Hutch Trinity; Oct. 5, Moundridge; Oct. 12, Wichita Independent; Oct. 19, at Bluestem; Oct. 25, at Remington.

South Haven

Coach: David Hughes, 25th season. 2011: 11-1. Top players: Austin Showman, QB-LB, 6-1, 185, sr.; Lane Cully, FB-LB, 6-1, 205, sr.; Jonnie Skinner, OL-DL, 6-1, 180, sr.; Hunter Ray, TE-DL, 6-2, 170, sr.

Notes: Showman and Cully will be looked upon to counter a lack of depth on the offensive line. South Haven will also be making the move from 8-Man II to 8-Man I.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Norwich; Sept. 7 at South Barber; Sept. 14 Cedar Vale-Dexter; Sept. 21, West Elk; Sept. 28, at Oxford; Oct. 5, at Udall; Oct. 12, Caldwell; Oct. 19, Sedan; Oct. 25, Central-Burden.

Sunrise Academy

Coach: Trey Hall, sixth season. 2011: 7-3. Top players: Zach Howell, QB, 6-2, 192, sr.; Weston Brewster, WR, 5-10, 160, sr.; Zach Sleppy, WR, 6-2, 180, jr.; Jake Berdan, WR, 5-10, 160, so.

Notes: Coming off 4,208 passing yards, Howell will lead a talented offense. Depth will help Sunrise against a schedule of schools from several classifications.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Kingman; Sept. 7, at Douglass; Sept. 14, Hoisington; Sept. 21, at Valley Center; Sept. 28, at Marion; Oct. 5, Fredonia; Oct. 12 at Community Christian; Oct. 19, at Christ Prep; Oct. 26, at Lighthouse Christian.

Udall

Coach: Wyatt Williams, seventh season. 2011: 7-3. Top players: Michael Propst, QB-LB, 6-3, 190, sr.; Deshon Stiner, RB, 5-9, 150, sr.; Adam Lunderman, WR, 5-11, 160, so.; Heath Satterlee, LB, 5-10, 150, sr.

Notes: Propst and Stiner will anchor the offense that has plenty of skill-position depth. Udall will look to improve upon its first-round playoff loss, 46-45 to Marmaton Valley.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Argonia; Sept. 7, at Caldwell; Sept. 14, at West Elk; Sept. 21, Oxford; Sept. 28, Central Christian; Oct. 5, South Haven; Oct. 12, at Sedan; Oct. 19, Central-Burden; Oct. 25, at Cedar Vale-Dexter.

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