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Beavers:
Scott City re-loads
after run to Class 3A crown
and get to where it becomes more
second nature,” he said. “We run
a lot of stuff, but they’ll find that
as we get into our regional we’ll
channel that down to what we’ll
run that week and they’ll get more
reps for that game,” O’Neil said.
Playing in the young Great
West Activities Conference, Scott
City remains undefeated through
three seasons, but O’Neil looks to
Ulysses to be his team’s biggest
threat to that streak.
The Beavers face those Tigers
in week four at Ulysses.
This year’s team will probably
score less than last year’s group,
and instead of the big 2-play, 70-
yard scoring drive, ball control
becomes the featured style, O’Neil
said.
This different look for a Scott
City team retains its drive and
character.
“This group came in in very
good shape, as far as condition-
ing,” O’Neil said. “As far as heart,
there’s no question.”
The 2012 season proved to be
the breakthrough year for the
Beavers after suffering either sec-
ond round or quarterfinal losses
in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Last year’s state championship
was the school’s fourth and first
in 21 years. The three previous
state titles came in Class 4A in
1988, 1990 and 1991.
Coach O’Neil has guided the
Beavers to a postseason playoff
berth in each of his seven sea-
sons.
The opener with Class 4A
Abilene is always an uncertainty
as the Cowboys are usually one of
the stronger programs in the clas-
sification.
But after the Beavers romped
to a 51-20 victory at Abilene in the
2012 opener, the Cowboys strug-
gled to a 2-8 record.
——
SCOTT CITY BEAVERS
League: Great West Activities Conference
Class: 3A, District 15
Coach: Glenn O’Neil, 8th year
Sept. 6—
ABILENE
Sept. 13—
COLBY
Sept. 20—
at Holcomb
Sept. 27—
at Ulysses
Oct. 4—
HUGOTON
Oct. 11—
GOODLAND
Oct. 18—
at Hoisington*
Oct. 25—
at TMP-Marian*
Oct. 31—
RUSSELL*
*—
Denotes District Game
——
2012 Results
Record: 14-0, Class 3A State Champions
Aug. 31—
at Abilene, W 51-20
Sept. 7—
at Colby, W 47-7
Sept. 14—
HOLCOMB, W 21-7
Sept. 21—
ULYSSES, W 49-13
Sept. 28—
at Hugoton, W 41-0
Oct. 5—
at Goodland, W 51-15
Oct. 12—
HOISINGTON*, W 36-0
Oct. 19—
TMP-MARIAN*, W 58-0
Oct. 25—
at Russell*, W 55-0
Oct. 30—
CIMARRON**, W 55-6
Nov. 3—
at Salina-Sacred Heart**, W 55-7
Nov. 9—
GARDEN PLAIN**, W 49-0
Nov. 16—
at Beloit**, W 42-26
Nov. 24—
vs. Silver Lake (at Hutchinson)**, W
28-21
*—
Indicates District Game
**—
Indicates Playoff Game
Continued fromPage 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)
— The phrase became the butt
of jokes around the Kansas City
Chiefs with every loss last season.
It was mentioned in snarky head-
lines and glib comments every
time there was locker room strife.
The phrase was “finding the
right 53,” the promise that for-
mer Chiefs general manager
Scott Pioli made when he arrive
in Kansas City. It didn’t always
mean the strongest player, or the
fastest player. But it meant that
Pioli wanted to find the right mix
of players to populate the locker
room.
He never managed to do it,
either. That’s why he was shown
the door.
Now, Chiefs general manager
John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid
are assembling what they believe
is the right 53, and they made a
slew of transactions on Sunday in
pursuit of it.
They claimed cornerbacks
Marcus Cooper and Ron Parker,
wide receiver Chad Hall, defen-
sive tackle Jaye Howard, tight
end Sean McGrath, and line-
backers James-Michael Johnson
and Dezman Moses off waivers
while releasing tight end Kevin
Brock, cornerback Jalil Brown,
linebacker Zac Diles, defensive
tackle Jerrell Powe, wide receiver
Devon Wylie and safety Bradley
McDougald.
In all, the Chiefs claimed
seven players while releasing
six. They had been one under the
53-man limit after trading line-
backer Edgar Jones to the Dallas
Cowboys for a draft pick Saturday
night.
“We’ll see how things work
out,” Reid said Sunday. “We’re
early in it still.”
More than half of the roster
has been turned over from the
final game of last year. All three
quarterbacks are new, as are all
three tight ends, and there are 11
rookies on the roster.
Among the newcomers a pair
of Ivy Leaguers: defensive end
Mike Catapano, their seventh-
round pick out of Princeton,
and linebacker Josh Martin,
an undrafted free agent out of
Columbia.
Perhaps the right 53means hav-
ing the highest IQ in the league.
“This was a good bunch of
guys. This team is very close,”
Reid said. “I didn’t see any bad
apples in the bunch here, they
got along, and that was one of the
strengths as a 90 unit.
“That was the easy part,”
he said, “kind of blending this
thing the way you wanted it. You
didn’t have to worry about that.
You could worry about who fit the
team more as a player.”
Dorsey and Reid both have
plenty of experience in trying to
find the right 53.
In the case of Dorsey, it was as
a longtime scout and front-office
executive mostly with the Green
Bay Packers. The Packers have
been praised over the past two
decades for building consistent
winners using guys who weren’t
necessarily household names
— James Starks, Howard Green
and Scott Wells, for example, all
were key contributors to their last
Super Bowl championship.
Reid went both directions —
household names and superstars
—during his time in Philadelphia.
He built the Eagles into a peren-
nial contender with savvy draft
picks and wise free-agent moves,
but the last few years went the
route of established veterans such
as Nnamdi Asomugha.
“You have a new offense, a
new defense, everybody is new,
and everybody is trying to work
toward the mesh part of the first
regular-season game,” Dorsey
said. “It’s a challenge.”
Bring together a whole bunch
of newcomers has its advantages,
of course. They weren’t around
the toxic atmosphere that envel-
oped the Chiefs last season. In
many cases they come from
accomplished teams and winning
programs, so they know no better
than to have success.
“I know we have a lot of poten-
tial here,” said tight end Anthony
Fasano, who was part of the
rebuilding job in Miami before
signing with Kansas City as a free
agent. “It doesn’t feel like a two-
win team at all. I think a lot has
changed from last year to now.
That’s behind us.”
Indeed, the Chiefs seem to
think they’re on the way toward
the right 53.
“Even though the win column
last year, we didn’t do very good,
our confidence level is up,” line-
backer Derrick Johnson said. “It
starts from the coach down. The
coach is a big representation of
having that confidence, believing
in his players, and Andy Reid sets
a good example for us.”
Notes:
The Chiefs worked
out for about an hour in the
indoor facility Sunday. OG
Jon Asamoah (calf), S Sanders
Commings (collarbone) and
LB Nico Johnson (high ankle
sprain) did not practice. ... The
Chiefs also signed eight players
to the practice squad, includ-
ing former Kansas University’s
Toben Opurum.
Chiefs’ new brain trust putting stamp on roster
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