Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sunflower League Extra: Regionals

Brad Strauss, left. LJWorld.
Top 5 Player Ratings

1. Brad Strauss, QB, Lawrence
Week Nine Stats: 18-of-35 passing, 192 yards, 2 TDs; 17 carries, 35 yards

Strauss' team lost, but it wasn't because of a bad game on his behalf.  Granted, he threw a bad interception, which was returned for a game-changing touchdown, but it was just the fifth he'd thrown all year.  His biggest challenge of the season awaits on Friday in Gardner-Edgerton.  It will be the defining moment in his career at LHS--win or lose. 

2. Kyle McFarland, Quarterback, Lawrence Free State
Week Nine Stats: 15-of-21 passing, 209 yards, 2 TDs; 23 carries, 57 yards

McFarland played arguably his best game of the season on Friday, especially considering it was against a formidable opponent in LHS.  He's been the sparkplug for the league's best regular season team--on offense and defense.  As long as he keeps distributing the ball to his playmakers and adding a big play or two himself the Firebirds will do just fine.

3. Brett Sterbach, Running Back, SM West
Week Nine Stats: 7 carries, 148 yards, 1 TD

A 21-yard rushing average for a week nine game?  Yeah, I'd say that's pretty good, regardless of the opponent.  SM West gave Sterbach a small workload on Friday, which was smart, considering he'll be the horse they try to ride through the playoffs.  Another perk for Sterbach was that he overtook Gabe Guild as the league's leading rusher.

4. Gabe Guild, Running Back, SM South
Week Nine Stats: 8 carries, 21 yards

It's unfortunate that Guild wasn't able to close out his senior season at full strength.  In fact, it's pretty remarkable that he put up over 1,400 yards when you consider that in the final two games of the season he carried the ball a mere 11 times for 36 yards due to injuries.  On the bright side, he finished with over 3,000 combined yards rushing in his junior and senior seasons and not too many Sunflower League running backs have been able to say that.

5. Jason Randall, Running Back, Leavenworth
Week Nine Stats: 18 carries, 135 yards, 2 TDs

It was good to see Randall close out the season on a solid note.  Leavenworth didn't need many carries from the talented junior and he didn't play much in the second half because the Pioneers had such a big lead.  While his team isn't in the playoffs and we've seen the last from him in 2012, he will likely be the league's top returning running back in 2013.

Honorable Mention: Hayden Frazier, Olathe East; Venus Triplett, Olathe North; Connor Rellihan, SM East; Erick Mayo, Lawrence; AJ Verdini, SM West; Holdyn Halperin, Olathe Northwest.

Stat Check

Passsing Yards
Holdyn Halperin, Olathe Northwest: 2,119, 9 TDs
Brad Strauss, Lawrence: 1,790, 20 TDs
Jordan Darling, SM East: 1,553, 11 TDs
Kyle McFarland, Free State: 1,289, 15 TDs
AJ Verdini, SM West: 848, 8 TDs
Judson Cole, Leavenworth: 760, 7 TDs
Frank Seurer, Olathe South: 654, 7 TDs
Lucas Karlin, SM Northwest: 643, 2 TDs
Jon Prueter, SM South: 600, 4 TDs
Dontez Sanchez, Olathe North: 497, 5 TDs
Nick Finazzo, SM North: 260
John Blazevic, Olathe East: 243, 2 TDs
Landry Hodges, Leavenworth: 226, 2 TDs

Rushing Yards
Brett Sterbach, SM West: 1,485, 17 TDs
Gabe Guild, SM South: 1,470, 12 TDs
Hayden Frazier, Olathe East: 1,287, 13 TDs
Jason Randall, Leavenworth: 1,030, 9 TDs
Russell White, Olathe South: 970, 12 TDs
Venus Triplett, Olathe North: 935, 11 TDs
Alex Pruss, Olathe Northwest: 906, 7 TDs
Kelby Quint, SM Northwest: 836, 9 TDs
Brad Strauss, Lawrence: 679, 13 TDs
Kyle McFarland, Free State: 619, 5 TDs
Patrick Blackburn, SM East: 572, 10
Henry Bell, SM North: 525, 6 TDs
TJ Cobbs, Free State: 508, 12 TDs
Elbert Johnson, Olathe North: 500, 3 TDs

Receiving Yards
Connor Rellihan, SM East: 785, 5 TDs
Nathan Power, Olathe Northwest: 702, 3 TDs
Will Thompson, Lawrence: 641, 4 TDs
Tye Hughes, Free State: 534, 7 TDs
Chase Gitlin, Olathe Northwest: 533, 2 TDs
Erick Mayo, Lawrence: 475, 9 TDs
Andre Maloney, SM West: 386, 8 TDs
Eli Keppler, Leavenworth: 368, 3 TDs
Matt Elliott, Olathe South: 336, 4 TDs
Manny Psihountas, Olathe Northwest: 310, 1 TD
Jake Horner, SM Northwest: 301

Jeramie Fischer, SM South: 103
Josh Ammel, Leavenworth: 101
Remington Whitely, Olathe South: 98
Corban Schmidt, Free State: 93
Jordan Donnelson, Leavenworth: 84
Alex Durr, Olathe Northwest: 81
Marquan Osbey, SM West: 79
Ra'Keim Abdul, SM South: 78
Max Bullard, SM West: 78
Sawyer Hawkins, Olathe South: 78
Rashaun Owens, SM West: 76
David Stewart, SM East: 75
Keith Loneker, Free State: 72
Jarred Donnelson, Leavenworth: 71
Stephen Erickson, SM South: 70

Blake Winslow, Free State: 7.5
Keith Loneker, Free State: 6
Jarred Donnelson, Leavenworth: 5.5
Max Bullard, SM West: 5
Lee Spight, SM West: 5
Kieren Severa, Lawrence: 4.5
Kyle Ball, SM East: 4
Kharon Brown, Lawrence: 4
Josh Seybert, Lawrence: 4
Cody Stanclift, Free State: 4
Jeramie Fischer, SM South: 3
Connor Holsinger, Olathe Northwest: 3
Braden Smith, Olathe South: 3
Chaz Union, SM South: 3

Forced Fumbles
Ryan Ahlgren, Olathe East: 4
Dominique Atkinson, SM East: 3
Corban Schmidt, Free State: 3

Fumble Recoveries
Chaz Union, SM South: 4
Rasheed Brady, SM South: 3
Sawyer Hawkins, Olathe South: 3

Matt Elliott, Olathe South: 4
Erick Mayo, Lawrence: 4
Kyle McFarland, Free State: 4
Demarko Bobo, Free State: 3
Joe Dineen, Free State: 3
Jake Hoskins, SM Northwest: 3
Andre Maloney, SM West: 3
Isaiah Ross, Leavenworth: 3

Defensive Touchdowns
Demarko Bobo, Free State: 2 (2 ints)
Cooper Arner, SM West: 1 (int)
Bryson Baldon, Olathe East: 1 (int)
Carson Bown, Free State: 1 (int)
Jalen Branson, Olathe East: 1 (int)
Jordan Brown, Lawrence: 1 (fum)
Joe Dineen, Free State: 1 (int)
Khalil Hattley, SM Northwest: 1 (int)
Eli Keppler, Leavenworth: 1 (fum)
TJ Stinson, Leavenworth: 1 (fum)
Thomas McCue, Olathe South: 1 (int)
Isaiah Ross, Leavenworth: 1 (int)
Frank Seurer, Olathe South: 1 (int)
Joel Spiller, SM West: 1 (fum)
Cody Stanclift, Free State: 1 (int)
Chaz Union, SM South: 1 (fum)

Kick Return/Punt Return Touchdowns
Tye Hughes, Free State: 2 PR TDs
Jason Randall, Leavenworth: 2 KR TDs
Ra'Keim Abdul, SM South: 1 KR TD
Thomas McCue, Olathe South: 1 PR TD
Isaiah Ross, Leavenworth: 1 PR TD
Brandon Trinkle, Olathe East: 1 PR TD

Field Goals
Joey Reed, SM West: (6/8)
Riley Adam, Olthe Northwest: (5/5)
Judson Cole, Leavenworth: (4/6)
Jorge Rivera, Olathe North: (3/3)
Will Humphrey, SM East: (3/4)
Dainan Swoope, SM South: (3/4)
Alex Allen, SM Northwest: (2/2)
Jonathan Killeen, SM Northwest: (2/3)
Ryan Ahlgren, Olathe East: (1/4)
Antonio Schoenich, Free State: (1/1)
Logan Swartz, Olathe South: (1/1)

Stats courtesy Mid-Statesports.com
Lawrence defensive stats courtesy Trae Green


allen asanga said...

Jake reed has had 2 defensive tds

Free State Fan said...

NOTICE TO CHARLIE WEIS - I am also a Jayhawk fan and it would serve you well to follow up on your promise to keep kids local and recruit SFL players. To make your job and that of your recruiting coordinator easier, I have a "Top 10" of suggestions:
1. Invite yourself over to your D-line coaches house (Buddy Wyatt) and offer his son Fred (LFS) right away. You are already behind Northwestern and others will be calling soon. He is literally in your own staff's backyard.
2. Add your drool to the fountain in front of (OS) Braden Smith's house. You are already about 17th in line, so you have to step it up.
3. Take a short drive to Leavenworth and offer Randall on the spot. He is a TD waiting to happen and is a clone of Tony Pierson. Fast, game-changer.
4 and 5. You need guys like Sterbach (SMS) and Guild (SMS) on your team. They can be blend guys at the next level - Wes Welker types that burn teams when in the open field.
6. Transform Kharon Brown (LAW) into a linebacker and you will thank me later. Crap that kid can ball!
7. Joe Dineen (FS) will be the hottest commodity in the SFL and a D1 tour next year. This league has no clue how great of a QB he is... but will next year. I'm just sayin', Charlie, get on him early.
8. Jorge Rivera (ON). God knows you need a kicker and he has the best leg in the league.
9 and 10. Keith Loneker and Blake Winslow (FS). These guys go both ways and impact the game on each play. Fast, strong, smart, tough. Both are juniors and will be D1 fodder next year as well.

You're welcome, Charlie. You can thank me for the BIG 12 championship you will win if you offer these guys.

Free State Fan said...

Sorry Sterback is SMW.

Free State Fan said...

BONUS Recruiting Coverage just for FS players, Charlie...
Cody Stanclift - Red-shirt him next year, put him in with your LB's and he will work his way onto the field by his JR season. Class act on and off the field.
Kyle McFarland - You're set at QB, but he can be a great receiver. Beef him up and get him the ball.
Demarko Bobo - Corner that has come on strong this year. I believe he would be a really good free safety.
Riley Buller - Hard-worker and what he lacks in D1 size, he makes up for in gumption. Can't have too many guys like that.
Corbin Schmidt - Tackling machine and always around the ball. Special teams dream!
TJ Cobbs - Shifty runner, elusive. Another special teamer perhaps returning kicks.
JUNIORS: Get into these homes now!
See 1. 7. 9. and 10. above to get a head start on other D1 programs. Also...
Khadre Lane - You'll have to thumb wrestle Bill Self, but this kid can absolutely fly. Tall and burns corners routinely. As a bonus, he hits like a sledgehammer on special teams.
Reid Buckingham - The position nobody talks about, long snapper. He fires a football 15 yards backwards and between his legs as fast as a QB can throw it. Nobody has even come close to blocking a FS punt this year and you must have a great long snapper - ask the Oakland Raiders.
Zack Bickling - Tight end with great hands, size and speed. Temptations abound to line him and Khadre up at wide-outs because nobody has the size that can defend those two.

These young men are right here in Lawrence. I've saved your travel budget thousands of dollars!!!

Free State Fan said...

Two glaring omissions from the "Top 10", so call these additions the "Big 12" - more appropriate anyway. Add Darling (SME) by default because he is committed to KU and add Brad Straus (LAW) because he is arguably the best all-around player in the league. Charlie, you saw him live against FS and had to be thinking of ways to use him - maybe in a wildcat (excuse me, "Jayhawk") formation or in the return game to actually get good field position for a change.

Seriously, Charlie. If you are serious about keeping the local talent here, start with this list. There is enough talent on this page to fill a third of your next two classes and enough talent in this league that are not on this page to fill another "Big 12" list. For the love of Lombardi, put your scholarships where your mouth is and offer these kids before Snyder and Pinkel steal them.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk, Go 'Birds and all Hail the Sunflower League!!

Free State Fan said...

The problem with naming people is you always forget someone. SO SORRY to FS senior Tye Hughes, aka, Tye-ranasaurus Rex. Everyone knows he leads the FS receiving corp, but somehow gets open all the time. Add him to the FS senior list!

TheImpaler said...

Austin Chambers at SMW has d1 size and talent too. And you ought to be courting Andre Maloney for next year cuz he's the real deal.