Fall 2013 Football Preview - page 9

THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM
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THURSDAY, September 5, 2013
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preseason prep team rankings — 2013
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All-Area preseason play
ers
Name
School
Yr.
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Jantz Budde
Wichita County
Sr.
QB/DB 6-0
175
Jared Burrows
Lakin
Sr.
OL/DL 5-7
200
Ty Clark
Cimarron
Sr.
RB/DE 6-0
185
Zeke Cox
Ingalls
Jr.
QB/LB 6-0
170
Dex English
Syracuse
Jr.
RB/DB 5-11
175
Warren Kropp
Scott City
Sr.
DE
6-1
190
Alex Manriques
Moscow
Jr.
FB/LB 6-1
203
Gage Martin
Stanton County
Sr.
OL
6-3
239
Gage McAtee
Lakin
Sr.
RB/LB 5-9
175
Angel Molina
Stanton County
Sr.
DB
5-6
159
Matt Mulville
Dighton
Sr.
FB/LB 6-0
195
Trey O’Neil
Scott City
Jr.
QB/DB 6-2
175
Alex Ortiz
Garden City
Sr.
OT
6-3
285
Jake Peters
South Gray
Jr.
TE/DE 6-3
230
Blake Richmeier
Holcomb
Jr.
FB/LB 6-1
215
Corey Roth
Holcomb
Sr.
RB
5-9
175
Chase Rudzik
Ulysses
Sr.
OL/DL 5-11
225
Ian Rudzik
Ulysses
So.
RB
6-2
220
Carson Skidmore South Gray
Jr.
QB/S 6-3
180
Yates Sutton
Hugoton
Sr.
QB/DB 6-1
170
Dustin Tempel
Garden City
Sr.
WR/DB 5-10
170
Greyson Tempel
Garden City
Sr.
QB
5-11
175
Heath Tucker
Holcomb
Sr.
QB/DB 6-3
180
Travis Webb
Sublette
Sr.
OL/DL 6-2
265
Keigun Wells
Scott City
Sr.
C
6-1
205
1
GARDEN CITY — The Class 6A Buffaloes are in
their fourth year under coach Brian Hill and he
has standout quarterback Greyson Tempel return-
ing after compiling nearly 2,500 yards of offense in
his junior season. The Buffs were
5-4 a year ago, just missing the
6A playoffs and will have a
solid group of returners
(4 offense, 7 defense)
to build upon. Hill
has said the Buffs
will be more athletic,
but
not as big, as some of his
p r e v i -
ous three teams. A tough opener and long road trip
(400 miles) to Bixby, Okla., await the Buffs. But they
should be in good position to make a run at their
third playoff berth in four years.
2
SCOTT CITY — Where do you go from being
on top? That’s the big question facing the
Beavers and veteran coach Glenn O’Neil. With a
stellar cast of seniors, the Beavers claimed the
2012 Class 3A state championship with a dramatic
28-21 win over Silver Lake. But gone are Dalton
Buehler (more than 1,900 yards
rush-
ing),
quarterback/safety
Brett O’Neil and tight end/
linebacker Drew Kite,
along with the majori-
ty of offensive/defen-
sive linemen. But a
hard-working group,
l e d
b y
junior Trey O’Neil (the coach’s son), who will
be moved from wide receiver to quarterback,
will likely surprise some people. Warren Kropp
returns at defensive end after earning all-GWAC
first team honors. In all, the Beavers return
four offensive and four defensive starters. As it
has been mentioned, they may not be as good as
they’ve been, but they’ll likely be better than most
expect.
3
ULYSSES — Veteran
coach Jason Kenny
returns 10 starters for the
Tigers off a team that
went 6-4, falling in the
first round of the Class
4A state playoffs. Kenny
has four offensive starters, led by sophomore run-
ning back Ian Rudzik (1,187 rushing yards, 15 TDs)
and senior linemen A.J. Erives and Chase Rudzik.
Defensively, the Tigers have six returning start-
ers, led by Chase Rudzik and Riley Seger at line-
backer, Avery Nichols at defensive back and Otto
Orosco and Hector Torres at tackles. According to
Kenny, the Tigers will be physical and have some
kids who have good speed on defense.
4
HOLCOMB — Coach Jerry Johnson is coming
off one of the best
seasons in recent mem-
orywith theLonghorns,
where theywent 9-2,made
the Class 3A playoffs and
won a game before the
season ended at Beloit in
the second round. Headlining
t h e
list of returners for the Longhorns
is senior
Heath Tucker. The speedy Tucker (state cham-
pion in the 300 hurdles) will be moved from wide
receiver to quarterback in the offensive scheme
for Johnson. Other top returners include running
back Corey Roth and fullback Blake Richmeier.
Replacing the offensive and defensive line posi-
tions will be the biggest challenge facing the
‘Horns. The tough schedule for Holcomb includes
defending 2A state champion Meade in the opener
and later 3A state champ Scott City, along with
the usual tough Great West Activities Conference
schedule.
5
INGALLS — The Bulldogs
have gone 5-4 in each of
coach Ted Brown’s first two
seasons at the helm. And
they’ve come up just short of
making the playoffs. He returns
six starters on both sides of the
ball and that sets the stage for a pos-
sible run into the postseason. Two-way
starters Josh Irsik and LaMontae Heady a r e
among the top returners. Junior quarterback Zeke
Cox is also back after throwing for more than 1,000
yads and 18 TDs. Brown believes that while the
team is still relatively young, last year’s experi-
ence will benefit the Bulldogs for 2013.
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