Numbers up at Lincoln, KC Central

By Toriano Porter PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 14, 2018 - 12:34 PM

Teams in the Interscholastic League have traditionally been so low on numbers that players are routinely thrusted into roles on offense, defense and special teams, rarely leaving the field.

But for two of the league’s five teams, those days appear to be over. At least for this season anyway.

League-leader Lincoln Prep, a perennial contender for the IL title, is stacked with enough players to run a platoon system, head coach William Lowe said.

Lincoln is 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the IL heading into a Week 4 showdown with Washington (1-1).

“Our learning curve is accelerated because most of the kids are practicing on one side of the ball,” Lowe said. “We’re still young but the speed of the game is slowing down a bit for them.”

The Blue Tigers are led by sophomore quarterback Howard Brown. The dual-threat signal caller has a rocket arm and is adept at running the ball. He accounted for four touchdowns in Lincoln’s dominating Week 3 win over IL foe Northeast (0-3, 0-2 in IL).

Brown loves the Blue Tigers’ newfound depth.

“It just makes us go harder all the time,” he said.

Numbers are up at Central as well. Head coach Allen Supplee’s squad total about 60 players. They are young, but talented, Supplee said.

“I hate the word rebuilding but in reality, that is what we are doing,” he said. “We had the most kids come out since I have been here, and we are finally figuring out where all of the pieces fit.”

The Blue Eagles, 1-2 overall and 1-0 in league play, are led by a sophomore signal caller Walter Taylor. Supplee spoke highly of Taylor’s talent.

“He is very intelligent, coachable and has a big heart,” Supplee said.

Taylor led Central to a come-from-behind win against Northeast in Week 2. The Blue Eagles were thwarted 53-6 at Excelsior Springs in Week 3. They take on undefeated Odessa (3-0) in a Week 4 home contest.

“Overall we have the makings of a really good team,” Supplee said. “These kids seem to actually like and care about each other. We can work with that.”

In other IL news, Northeast will look for its first win of the season in a Week 4 contest at J.C. Harmon (0-2) while winless East (0-3) will try to turn its fortune around on the road against winless Oak Grove (0-3).

Southeast (0-3, 0-1) will host Hogan Prep (2-1) in Week 4 home tilt at IL Stadium.