The winner of the 29th Buck Buchanan Award given to the best lineman or linebacker in the Kansas Metro is Ethan Kremer from Mill Valley. The senior offensive and defensive lineman was announced today on 41 Action News.
Kremer was the anchor of the offensive and defensive lines for Mill Valley and helped lead the Jaguars to the Kansas Class 5A state championship two weeks ago. It was the second straight title for Mill Valley and this is the second straight year Kremer was a finalist for the award.
He finished his senior season with 53 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Kremer was also a force on the offensive line blocking for an offense that averaged 394 yards per game this season.
This is the third award handed out by the Thomas A. Simone Foundation. The Otis Taylor given to the top receiver was won by Raymore-Peculiar sophomore Jaidyn Doss Monday and Tonganoxie senior linebacker Branden Martin won the Bobby Bell given to the top small school lineman linebacker.
The next award will be the Frank Fontana award given to the top small school all around player Thursday during the 6 p.m. newscast on 41 Action News. The biggest award, the Thomas A. Simone Award given to the top all-around player in the Metro will be announced during Friday’s 6 p.m. newscast on 41 Action News.