After Further Review: Cole Young 9/5
By Cole Young PrepsKC Columnist
Nathan Scheelhaase, Bubba Starling, Blake Lawrence, Evan Boehm and Michael Keenan.
What do they all have in common? During the last decade, they were all some of the biggest names in high school football. And just like they replaced stars before them, new players have come onto the scene and became the newest “it” players.
Heading into 2013 there’s already a list of players high school fans are keeping an eye on. Simone Award winner Dalvin Warmack from Blue Springs and Bishop Miege linebacker Bradley Ivey along with Lee’s Summit West all-purpose back Monte Harrison all put up huge junior seasons and enter their final seasons already with a level of buzz surrounding them.
But who else?
There’s plenty and there’s sure to be more. That’s both the beautiful and cruel thing about high school football. One big performance on a Friday night and hero status can be achieved. A few losses early on and things can go downhill in a hurry.
One of the quickest ascents into becoming the go-to guy was former Blue Springs running back Darrian Miller. As a sophomore he burst onto the scene with big games against St. Joseph Central with more than 200 yards and ran for 193 and three touchdowns when the Wildcats beat nationally ranked Rockhurst the next week. Now he’s at Kansas looking to become a go-to guy for the Jayhawks.
After just one week there’s already some players making a case to do what the Millers, Starling and Krae Kelso’s of the past five years did.
Brock Hughes of O’Hara is just a sophomore but ran with a type of toughness in Week 1 that has head coach Jim DeMarea excited about the possibilities of what the Celtics will be able to do with a hard-running back like him. Despite falling to Richmond 42-36 in the opener, Hughes got in the end zone four times.
The only person that upstaged Hughes was Richmond quarterback Quinton Maxwell who in his second season of leading the Spartans has certainly made Missouri River Valley Conference coaches take pause. Despite just completing three passes in the game, he showed the ability to be Richmond’s best running back, going for 275 yards on the ground.
In the Suburban Conference there are players who are on the verge of breaking out as well: guys like running back Casey Slaughter who provides a power option in Lee’s Summit’s offense.
Facing Slaughter this week is another guy who is already one of the big names in area football Brock Broughton. Broughton helped carry Kearney with four touchdowns and 291 total yards.
With just one week done and Kansas firing up this week, the question still remains.
Sign up to receive the latest high school football news from PrepsKC!
Christ Prep Academy
North Platte Panthers
Blue Valley North Mustangs
West Platte Bluejays
Olathe East Hawks
Lawrence Free State Firebirds
Fort Osage Indians
Grain Valley Eagles
Knob Noster Panthers
Anderson County Bulldogs
Bishop Miege Stags