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#VKFB18: Previewing Central Plains League football’s top contenders

Garden Plain’s Nicholas Dooley heads upfield on Friday night against Garden Plain.
Garden Plain’s Nicholas Dooley heads upfield on Friday night against Garden Plain. The Wichita Eagle

Belle Plaine Dragons

Class 2A, Central Plains League

2017 Record: 2-7 (Key win: Bluestem, 52-16; Key loss: Independent, 41-28)

2017 Finish: Ninth in CPL, missed playoffs

Coach: Jason Jinkens (6th year)

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Projected Record: 4-4 (0-3, Eighth in CPL)

Top 3 Players:

Bo Gooch, 5-10, 150, QB/S, Sr.

Luke Baker, 5-11, 174, RB/LB, Jr.

Taylor Douglas, 6-2, 185, RB/LB, Sr.

Chaparral Roadrunners

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Chaparral Roadrunners football Courtesy of Chaparral athletics

Class 2A, Central Plains League

2017 Record: 6-3 (Key win: Garden Plain, 18-14; Key loss: Conway Springs, 53-19)

2017 Finish: Fourth in CPL, missed playoffs

Coach: Justin Burke (9th year)

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Projected Record: 5-3 (3-3, Fourth in CPL)

Top 3 Players:

Isaac Helms, 5-11, 245, OL/DL, Sr.

Jake Burke, 6-2, 195, QB/DB, Sr.

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Miguel Gerber, 5-11, 220, OL/DL, Sr.

Cheney Cardinals

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Cheney Cardinals football Courtesy of Cheney athletics

Class 3A, Central Plains League

2017 Record: 9-3 (Key win: Marion, 56-0; Key loss: Marysville, 42-25)

2017 Finish: 2nd CPL, Lost in sectionals (Class 3A)

Coach: Shelby Wehrman (2nd year)

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Projected Record: 6-2 (3-1, Second in CPL)

Top 3 Players:

Landon Gegen, 6-2, 213, OL/DL, Sr.

Kauy Kuhn, 5-11, 160, FS, Sr.

Trey Patterson, 6-4, 221, TE, Sr.

Conway Springs Cardinals

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Conway Springs Cardinals football Courtesy of Conway Springs athletics

Class 2A, Central Plains League

2017 Record: 10-1 (Key win: Chaparral, 53-19; Key loss: Hesston, 45-42)

2017 Finish: First in CPL, Lost in Regional

Coach: Matt Biehler (21st year)

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Projected Record: 8-0 (6-0, First in CPL)

Top 3 Players:

Zach Mercer, 5-10, 165, RB/DB, Sr.

Aaron May, 5-7, 160, RB/DB, Sr.

Chase Ast, 6-0, 240, FB/DT, Sr.

Douglass Bulldogs

Class 2A, Central Plains League

2017 Record: 3-7 (Key win: Bluestem, 32-14; Key loss: Cheney, 48-8)

2017 Finish: Sixth in CPL, Lost in Bi-District

Coach: Kelley Sayahnejad (4th year)

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Projected Record: 4-4 (2-1, Fifth in CPL)

Top 3 Players:

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Douglass’ Zachary Dressler Courtesy of Douglass athletics

Zachary Dressler, 6-0, 200, RB/LB, Sr.

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Douglass’ Kaleb Hurd Courtesy of Douglass athletics

Kaleb Hurd, 6-3, 180, TE/LB, Sr.

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Douglass’ Kyle Hurd Courtesy of Douglass athletics

Kyle Hurt, 6-1, 205, LB/OL, Sr.

Garden Plain Owls

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Garden Plain Owls football Travis Heying The Wichita Eagle

Class 2A, Central Plains League

2017 Record: 7-2 (Key win: Cheney, 18-13; Key loss: Chaparral, 18-14)

2017 Finish: Third in CPL, missed playoffs

Coach: Ken Dusenbury

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Projected Record: 6-2 (4-2, Third in CPL)

Top 3 Players:

Matt Pauly, 5-8, 170, QB, Jr.

Ethan McGregor, 5-11, 170, DB, Sr.

Locke Byers, 5-9, 220, DL, Sr.

Independent Panthers

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Independent Panthers football Fernando Salazar The Wichita Eagle

Class 2A, Central Plains League

2017 Record: 1-9 (Key win: Belle Plaine, 41-28; Key loss: Conway Springs, 55-6)

2017 Finish: Eighth in CPL, Lost in Bi-District

Coach: Eric Swenson (2nd year)

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Projected Record: 2-6 (1-4, Seventh in CPL)

Top 3 Players:

Kobey Fields, 6-2, 175, QB/DB, Sr.

Waylon Chance, 5-10, 175, WR/DB, Sr.

Levi Newman, 6-1, 215, OL/DL, Sr.

Kingman Eagles

Class 3A, Central Plains League

2017 Record: 5-5 (Key win: Pratt, 39-25; Key loss: Scott City, 21-14)

2017 Finish: Seventh in Central Kanasas League, Lost in Regional

Coach: Curtis Albin (8th year)

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Projected Record: 2-6 (1-2, Sixth in CPL)

Top 3 Players:

John Moliter, 5-11, RB/S, Sr.

Gage Oiler, 5-8, 138, S/RB, Jr.

Riley Krehbiel, 6-0, QB/CB, Sr.

Trinity Academy Knights

Class 3A, Central Plains League

2017 Record: 4-5 (Key win: Chaparral, 29-28; Key loss: Garden Plain, 49-21)

2017 Finish: Fifth in CPL, missed playoffs

Coach: Wes Miller (1st year)

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Projected Record: 2-6 (0-4, Ninth in CPL)

Top 3 Players:

Felix Johnson, 6-5, 340, OL/DL, Sr.

Nate Adler, 6-3, 215, QB/LB, Sr.

Tucker Trevett, 6-1, 205, OL/DL, Sr.

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