Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sunflower League Extra

Olathe North's Treshawn Root
Photo courtesy the Kansas
City Star.
Top 5 Player Ratings
Player ratings are subject to change on a week-to-week basis

1. Brad Strauss, Quarterback, Lawrence
Week One Stats: 20-of-27 passing, 197 yards, 2 TDs; 14 carries, 119 yards, 2 TDs

The only negative that can be drawn from Strauss' week one performance is the two interceptions he tossed, one of which came at the SM West two-yard line.  Besides that Strauss performed as well as any player in the Sunflower League.  One thing to keep an eye on--Strauss is also starting at safety and returning kicks for Lawrence.  We'll see if those roster trends continue as the season wears on.

2. Elliot Faerber, Wide Receiver, SM East
Week One Stats: 9 receptions, 120 yards, 2 TDs

Faerber has a big target on his back with the "division one" card and all, but if anything it seemed to fuel him in week one.  SM East's first offensive play of the season was a 10-yard quick pass to Faerber out of the slot, which was good for a first down.  From then on Faerber was on a roll, catching everything is his vicinity, including an incredible one-handed grab in the endzone on one of his touchdown scores.

3. Orange Mooney, Running Back, Olathe North
Week One Stats: 30 carries, 177 yards, 2 TDs; 1 punt return for 57 yards

As has been alluded to in the comments section, we all knew Mooney was fast and shifty, but I'm not sure anyone knew of his power running ability.  Olathe East defenders had trouble bringing down Mooney all night and arm tackles did nothing to slow him.  Perhaps Mooney's most defining play of the game was his 57-yard punt return in which he delivered a head-on collision to Olathe East's Junior Williams that could have been heard in the parking lot at CBAC.

4. Treshawn Root, Running Back, Olathe North
Week One Stats: 20 carries, 165 yards

Root was a great speed compliment to Mooney's power in the Eagles victory Friday night.  Root fumbled twice and didn't score any touchdowns, but he's playing a valuable role for Olathe North on both sides of the ball.  If he continues to match Mooney in carries it will be fun to see if the Eagles will have two 1,000+ rushers in 2011.

5. Willie Cauley, Wide Receiver, Olathe Northwest
Week One Stats: 8 receptions, 123 yards, 4 TDs

Will this simply be a "cup of coffee" for for Cauley in the five slot, or will the tallest receiver in Sunflower League history become a mainstay in the Top 5 Player Ratings?  It remains to be seen, but clearly Olathe Northwest's head coach Todd Dain plans to use Cauley's freakish height and athleticism to the Ravens' advantage, and why not?

Honorable Mention: Charles Jackson, Lawrence; Connor Middleton, Olathe Northwest; Dakota Collins, SM East; Chad Johnson, Olathe East; Jordan Ward, Olathe South; Tanner Gentry, Olathe North; Mason Perez, SM North

Stat Check

Passing Yards
Dakota Collins, SM East: 261, 2 TDs
Dalton Rook, Olathe Northwest: 215, 4 TDs
John Blazevic, Olathe East: 198, 2 TDs
Brad Strauss, Lawrence: 197, 2 TDs
Ryan Theis, SM North: 169, 3 TDs
Jordan Bruce, Olathe North: 105, 2 TDs
Alex Forslund, SM South: 89, 2 TDs
Kyle McFarland, Free State: 82, 1 TD
Frank Seurer, Olathe South: 73
Armani Williams, SM West: 65, 1 TD

Rushing Yards
Connor Middleton, Olathe Northwest: 187, 1 TD
Orange Mooney, Olathe North: 177, 2 TDs
Charles Jackson, Lawrence: 171, 1 TD
Treshawn Root, Olathe North: 165
Jordan Ward, Olathe South: 155, 2 TD
Gabe Guild, SM South: 128, 1 TD
Brad Strauss, Lawrence: 119, 2 TDs
Teddy Colbert, Olathe South: 92, 1 TD
Ricco Hopkins, SM West: 85, 1 TD
Alex Forslund, SM South: 81

Receiving Yards
Chad Johnson, Olathe East: 144, 2 TDs
Willie Cauley, Olathe Northwest: 123, 4 TDs
Mason Perez, SM North: 122, 2 TDs
Elliot Faerber, SM East: 120, 2 TDs
Connor Rellihan, SM East: 102
Tanner Gentry, Olathe North: 77, 2 TDs
Drake Hofer, Lawrence: 67, 1 TD
Teddy Colbert, Olathe South: 55
Tye Hughes, Free State: 55, 2 TDs
Ryan Patterson, Free State: 51

Colin McCarty, SM North: 16
Alex Anthony, Olathe Northwest: 15
Kendall Kelly, Olathe East: 13
Chris Miller, Olathe North: 12
Tony Wagner, Olathe North: 12
Michael Wurts, Olathe North: 12
Justin Barlett, Olathe North: 11
Terence Brown, Olathe North: 11
Remington Whitley, Olathe South: 11
Junior Williams, Olathe East: 11

Tim Mayes, Olathe Northwest: 2 (1 TD)
Jack Currie, SM North: 1
Scott Gourley, Olathe South: 1 (1 TD)

Kick Return/Punt Return Touchdowns
Troy Wilkins, SM East, 1 PR TD

Stats courtesy Mid-Statesports.com


JM1771 said...

So who is the best overall wide receiver in the league?

Diablo del Sol said...

Just a small change, Eli, in the leading tacklers section, its Remington Whitley, not the other way around.