Grandview coach excited about larger numbers

Dion Clisso/PrepsKC

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 3, 2010 - 4:40 PM

With camp less than a week away interest has been high this summer out at Grandview. The Bulldogs finished last season with just 36 players but this season more than 100 attended camp earlier in the summer and things could be looking up.

Grandview will look to build on a strong finish to the 2009 season that included a trip to the playoffs after starting the season 0-8. With wins over Ruskin and Center the Bulldogs advanced to the Class 4 playoffs where they fell to powerhouse Harrisonville 50-8.

Head coach Andy Leach is happy with the numbers but knows his team has a lot to learn.

“We are a very young team and we’ve got a lot to learn,” Leach said. “We’ve just got to keep moving forward.

“We ended the season with 36 players last season. We’re talking about huge number of kids that want to be a part of something but don’t know what they are doing yet.”

One area that Leach feels the receiving corps are a strength, but the big question will be who will throw them the ball. Early in the summer Jeremy Reed and Ryan Lee were working at the quarterback position and Leach said both have their strengths.

“I think we have some of the best receivers around,” Leach said. “It’s going to be our job to find the quarterback to get them the ball. Both of the kids have shown a lot of poise during the summer.

“Jeremy just has to get that reading progression around. Ryan is more of a pure quarterback. There is going to be a good competition between the two and Jeremy can run the ball. It’s going to be a good battle.”

One thing that could give Grandview an advantage teaching a young team is the large coaching staff. Joining leach are 14 other coaches including seven who are volunteering their time.

“We’ve got 15 coaches this year,” Leach said. “Seven guys that have volunteered with three of them that are from K-State.  We’ve got a good group that is working hard and we’ve got the numbers. It’s just a matter of putting in the time and getting the work taken care of.”

Grandview opens camp Monday and opens it season Aug. 27 at home against O’Hara.

Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor for PrepsKC. To reach him send e-mail to