Ray-Pec flexes its muscle

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By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 7:56 AM



During the season the players who touch the ball tend to steal the headlines but at the Blue Valley King of the Trenches Lineman Challenge it’s the big guys who take center stage.

This year 10 schools brought their linemen to the competition that features several different events to test the athletic ability of linemen and linebackers. When the dust had settled Raymore-Peculiar won the team competition with 955 points. Blue Valley finished second with 947 followed by Blue Valley North with 944, Leavenworth with 929, Piper with 904, St. James Academy with 866, Turner with 847, Shawnee Mission North with 758, Bonner Springs with 714 and West Franklin with 603.

Ray-Pec coach Tom Kruse said it was great to have his players compete and it helps develop depth that is so important for his team to succeed in Missouri Class 6.

“It’s another opportunity for linemen to compete at something that normally they don’t get an opportunity to do,” Kruse said. “You have to compete at these kind of things. The first time we came to this event six years ago we finished next to last. It’s kind of come full circle. We’ve got some good linemen and we’ve got some young kids who showed well so that gives us some hope.”

The individual race was very close as well. Leavenworth’s Jordan Cogdill won the overall title with a final score of 205. Ray-Pec’s Anthony Payne was second with 200, St. James Zach Abraham was next with 197, Blue Valley Peter Klug was fourth with 196 and Blue Valley’s Brendan Klug rounded out the top five finishing with 195 points.

Cogdill said it was fun to be a part of a competition that focuses on the linemen.

“It was great to compete with a lot of other players who have potential and athleticism,” Cogdill said. “My team did good as did others. It’s wonderful to have our own little event.”

Individual Results

Team Results