Byers big key to Bonner's success

By David Brox
Posted: October 22, 2015 - 7:40 PM

The term "program" is commonly used to describe the ecosystem of a football team. The success or failure of that program is what typically determines the fate of a head football coach whether it is in college or high school. A head football coach must have the wisdom and vision at times to know when the future needs to be. Yes, that is a weird statement but it has been a reality for Coach Lucas Aslin at Bonner Springs.

The success at Bonner Springs is well documented. While they haven't been able to make any deep runs in the playoffs, it hasn't been from a lack of development of players. A few of the years Bonner Springs was just not big enough and other times developing talent. The hip hop between 5A and 4A has provided a few ups and downs for sure. From a player development stand point Aslin's foresight has been spot on. The ultimate subject of this will be QB so we will focus there.

The future was now Sept. 23, 2011 when Aslin turned the QB position over to Jordan Jackson. While they got smashed 69-26 by Basehor-Linwood you saw enough signs that his decision was a good one. They won 5 straight games and Jackson developed into one of the top QBs in the area. It was however in Jackson's junior year that word started to spread about who was next. Waiting in the wings was a talented left handed QB named Connor Byers.

Jackson who was one of the more durable players in his three years playing at Bonner Springs didn't allow us much of a look at Byers. Byers in fact only threw four total passes backing up Jackson. Outside of that locker room and practice field at least I had little idea what Connor Byers would or could be. During that time we were holding workouts and I tried to get a look at him but it never came to be. Byers turned out to be the best kept secret coming into the 2014 season.

Byers in 2014 went 122/195 for 1,889 yards, 20 TDs to just five INTs, 658 rushing yards with 8 TDs in route to our SHUKC Offensive POY award. You were talking about a tough runner that had good touch on the deep ball and accuracy to drop a dime to receivers. It was close POY race but the fruit of the labor of Coach Aslin and his staff had paid off. The Braves finished the season 7-3 falling in the first round of the 5A playoffs to finalist St. Thomas Aquinas 23-15.

2015 has the Braves sitting at 7-0 and it should be no surprise with how Connor Byers has followed up his junior year. In 6 games, 66/114 1076 yards, 12 TD's to just 2 INT's, 840 yards and 11 rushing TD's. Byers is a college player, it will just be a matter of what level he lands.

He is leading his undefeated squad into a high stakes game this week against Mill Valley with hopes of erasing one of the few blemishes on his resume. This game will not define Connor Byers or the Bonner Springs Braves. What I do know however is that he has been well prepared for these final games of his career and will be forever a part of SHUKC history.

Check out Connor's 2015 highlights and see why he is among the very best in the area.