Through the Uprights: Adam Sullivan 8/18
By Adam Sullivan PrepsKC Columnist
It’s no coincidence that with the return of Gene Wier, the dynasty is back at Olathe North.
Some of the other great football names that made Olathe North worthy of being called a dynasty include players such as Darren Sproles, James Franklin, Maurice Mack and Dustin Moomau. However, there are new names that are hoping to shine for the Eagles: Venus Triplett, Josh Moore, Cole Murphy, Marcel Spears and Isaiah Simmons are hoping to bring a state championship back to Olathe North for the first time since 2009.
Olathe North should be dominant on both sides of the ball providing nightmares for opposing coaches at almost every position. Murphy looks to be the cream of the crop amongst quarterbacks in the Sunflower League this season. He returns after combining for 2,209 yards of total offense last season tallying 19 touchdowns.
Triplett rushed for 1,530 yards with 25 touchdowns last season and likely will be a front-runner for the Simone award this season. If Triplett wins the award, he would be the seventh Eagle to claim the top accolade in Kansas City.
At tight-end and defensive end Olathe North has Ohio State commit Josh Moore who stands 6’ 5” and 255 pounds. Olathe North also has Iowa State commit Marcel Spears on defense. Spears has recorded 119 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks in his football career.
Since the year 2000, Olathe North has put forth 127 wins making them the school with the most of any Sunflower League program. The Eagles have also claimed five state championships in the same time span.
This season the Eagles will face an early test as they travel to meet Rogers Heritage High School in Arkansas. After a face-off with the War Eagles, who posted a 5-6 record last season, the Eagles will return to Kansas to square off with Lawrence Free State and Olathe South. On a positive note, North seems to have district matchups worthy of a win.
Assuming the Eagles reach the playoffs for a third consecutive year, the only team I see standing in their way of another state championship would be Shawnee Mission East.
With Missouri programs kicking off this week it means only two weeks left until Kansas schools hit the gridiron. I can’t promise a state championship from the Eagles this season, but I can guarantee the Olathe North dynasty is back, and under Wier, the Eagles are soaring high once again.
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