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THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM
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THURSDAY, September 5, 2013
By KEVIN THOMPSON
Less than a year removed from
winning the state 3A title, casu-
al fans of the Scott City Beavers
might dismiss this year’s squad
from serious contention.
After all, much of the familiar
strength and power of the title
team graduated, leaving a few rec-
ognizable names but more than a
number of questions.
But true fans realize the tradi-
tion Scott City has forged over the
last few seasons, and that should
serve notice that the Beavers are
still a force.
Scott City is 63-10 in head coach
Glenn O’Neil’s seven-year tenure,
including single-loss seasons from
2009 to 2011 before last year’s 14-
0 run straight through the state
title game.
Success of that magnitude,
while reliant on experienced per-
sonnel, also means training for
younger players to step into vacat-
ed roles.
And that means O’Neil still has
high expectations from his tradi-
tion-influenced squad.
“We know what it takes to be
successful,” he said. “We had a
good summer in the weight room
with increases in size, strength
and speed.”
That commitment from his
returning players, O’Neil added,
is what makes the program as
solid as it is.
“The players realize that most
people are overlooking them
because of the personnel we
lost,” he said. “This has placed
a chip on their shoulders that
has made them come closer as a
group. A common bond is always
a strength.”
Gone are all-state first-team-
ers Dalton Buehler (1,900 rushing
yards), Brett O’Neil (2,100 pass-
ing yards), Drew Kite (137 tackles)
and Michael McEachern. All four
of those were first team Telegram
All-Area selections in 2012 with
Kite being chosen as the Player of
teh Year.
Kite and Brett O’Neil are now
playing basketball at Fort Hays
State and Dodge City Community
College while Buehler and
McEachern are playing junior col-
lege football at Butler Community
College
and
Garden
City
Community College.
Collectively, that group of
seniors posted a 46-3 record in
four years, never lost a home
game and never lost a regular-sea-
son contest.
Back are all-area honorable
mention receiver Trey O’Neil, a
junior who will replace his older
brother as quarterback, Keiguin
Wells, a 205-pound senior center,
and junior Wyatt Eitel and senior
Alex Snyder, both parttime start-
ers at guard.
Senior Paco Banda is the top
returning rusher.
On defense, senior Warren
Kropp was all-conference defen-
sive end. He will be joined by fel-
low seniors Chris Pounds and
Banda, as well as O’Neil to anchor
a traditionally stubborn Beaver
defense, which yielded just 68
points in the regular season last
year.
Because Scott City usually
put the game away early in the
third quarter the previous three
seasons, many players stepped in
to play varsity spots for lengthy
amounts of time.
Coach O’Neil knows that is
only going to help his team, but
he is guarded about how they will
fare in starting roles.
Experience on the varsity game
field is his team’s area for most
improvement, he said.
“That will come week by week,
practice by practice,” he said.
The defensive line is an expe-
rienced, athletic group, he added.
Pounds and Kropp have the var-
sity experience and they will be
the leaders of a line that ranges
from 165 pounds up to 300.
The offensive line probably has
more questions about it, thereby
facing additional pressure that in
previous years, O’Neil said. But
their learning curve is bigger as
they get more familiar with block-
ing assignments.
“We want them to think less
Becky Malewitz/Telegram
Scott City’s Trey O’Neil breaks downfield for additional yardage in November during the Class 3A State
Championship game in Hutchinson. O’Neil, a junior, will switch to quarterback from wide receiver for
the Beavers this season.
Beavers expect to re-load for 2013 after state title run
See Beavers, Page 7
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