Sideline Pass: Jim Bradford 8/14

Jim Bradford

By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: August 14, 2014 - 10:04 AM



There’s always been a bit of a rivalry between the Sunflower League and the East Kansas League.

A friendly rivalry, but a rivalry nonetheless.

There’s always been a connection. And there always will be. After all, the two leagues house pretty much every Class 6A team on this side of the state.

This year is no different.

And for one particular reason: the running backs. Two running backs, in fact.

Venus Triplett and Miles Alexander. Two of the best backs heading into the 2014 season. One plays in the Sunflower League. The other in the EKL.

Triplett is a senior at Olathe North — the Sunflower League representative.

Alexander is a senior at Blue Valley Northwest — the EKL representative.

As the new season approaches, these two will likely battle for bragging rights of top running back in town and, of course, each league’s top billing will undoubtedly be in the conversation.

Media hack conjuncture aside, these two backs are amazing and really fun to watch. The pair ran for nearly yards between them a year ago. Triplett rushed for 1,530 yards and 25 touchdowns while Alexander made a huge late-season push for the Huskies and rushed for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Even better is that fans got an early glimpse of the duo head-to-head last year in the state quarterfinals. When the Eagles ended the Huskies season.

It’s not often that the two best backs in the area go head-to-head. Triplett went for 125 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown and Alexander went for 109 yards on 22 carries.

With the start of the Kansas season about a month away, the table is set for these two stellar backs. The offenses around here may be a bit more wide open than in years past, but when it comes to good old-fashioned, run-it-down-your-throat-football, Triplett and Alexander are throwbacks, in a sense.

And a whole lot of fun to watch. Make sure you get a chance to go and see them this year. You won’t be disappointed.