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Player of the Year Watch

By Chad Rader, 810 Varsity, 11/18/19, 1:30PM CST


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1. Arland Bruce IV, Olathe North

  • Running back, Junior
  • Olathe North: 9-2
  • 2,241 rushing yards, 39 TDs in 11 games
  • 3+ TDs in 9 of  11 games
  • 204 rushing yards, 3.5 TDs per game

Last week: 210 rushing yards, 3 TD in 35-34 quarterfinal win over Blue Valley West

Analysis: Bruce IV  has pushed with 17 TDs in last 4 weeks. An Olathe North win with a strong outing and berth in state title game likely seals the deal

2. Tank Young, St. Thomas Aquinas

  • Running Back, Junior
  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 10-0
  • 1,735 rushing yards, 32 total TDs
  • 8.8 yards per carry, 174 yards per game

Last Week: 95 rushing yards, 5 TDs, 11 carries in 47-20 quarterfinal win over BV Southwest

Analysis: Tank has been hampered by one less game on the schedule, and less carries than most regular running backs. Two strong games and a state title can propel Tank to the top. 

3. Dontae Manning, Raytown

  • D-Back/Running Back, Senior
  • Raytown: 9-2
  • 910 rushing yards, 20 TDs; 3 return TDs (2 kickoff, 1 punt return)
  • 12.8 yards per carry
  • 88.5 tackles, 2 INTs

Last Week: 132 rushing yards, 3  TDs, W 48-6 over Fort Osage

Analysis: Manning does it all - running the ball, returns, top CB in city with high D-I offers, perhaps even fills the water coolers! A win over Staley and solid outing should cement Manning in the final four.

4. Jake Van Dyne, Liberty North

  • Quarterback, Senior
  • Liberty North: 11-1
  • 2,150 passing yards, 21 TDs to 3 INT

Last Week: 129 passing yards, TD, L 27-21 to Raymore-Peculiar

Analysis: Van Dyne may have needed to advance to the semis or even state final for a best player on best team scenario to win the award. Still, a phenomenal year for the Eagles and Van Dyne. 

5. Luke Grimm, Raymore-Peculiar

  • Wide Receiver, Senior
  • Ray-Pec: 10-2
  • 454 rushing yards, 7 TDs
  • 847 receiving yards, 10 TDs
  • 99-yard kickoff TD return at Blue Springs
  • Suburban Gold Offensive Player of the Year

Last Week:  TD , W 27-21  in Class 6 quarterfinal over Liberty North

Analysis: A big outing and win in the state semifinal would help Grimm stay near the top.

6. Devin Neal, Lawrence

  • Running Back, Junior
  • Lawrence: 8-2
  • 1,699 rushing yards, 26 TDs; 516 rec yards , 6 TDs
  • 220+ total yards, 3+ TDs per game

Last Game): 270 rushing yards,  4 TDs in  56-35 loss to Topeka

Analysis: Great year for Neal, needed to at least get to the 6A semis to pile up huge numbers and big year as a team. Will be a frontrunner in 2020. 

7 Johnny Wilson, Park Hill

  • Defensive End, Senior
  • Park Hill: 8-3
  • 91 tackles, 28 for loss
  • 13 sacks, 18 hurries
  • Suburban Gold Defensive Player of the Year

Last Game: 10 tackles, 24-14 loss to Raymore-Peculiar

Analysis: Park Hill boasted arguably the top defense in the city. Mikey Miles, James Gore and other also were main contributors. Earning Suburban Gold Defensive POY on a top defense is a near automatic for the Top 10 POY.

8. Timothy Dorsey, Bishop Miege

  • Quarterback, Junior
  • Bishop Miege: 9-2
  • 2.500 passing yards, 35 passing TDs (leading Metro)
  • 3+ TDs in each of last 5 games

Last Week: 244 passing yards, 6 passing TDs in 54-10 win at Tonganoxie

Analysis: Has really emerged second half of the season and an impressive 35-5 TD-INT ratio.

9. Tyler Bowden, Free State

  • Running Back, Junior
  • Free State: 8-2
  • 1,851 rushing yards,  26 TDs
  • 185 rushing yards per game, 9.4 yards per carry
  • 5 games with 188+ rushing yards, 3 with 200+

Last Game: 120 rushing yards, 2 TDs, L 49-48 to Manhattan

Analysis: Great year for Bowden, needed to at least get to the 6A semis to pile up huge numbers and big year as a team. Will be a frontrunner in 2020. 

10. Conrad Hawley, Raymore-Peculiar

  • Quarterback, Junior
  • Raymore-Peculiar: 10-2
  • 1,803 passing yards, 17 TDs
  • Suburban Gold's first-team QB

Last Week: 134 passing yards, TD in 27-21 quarterfinal win at Liberty North 

Analysis: Quarterback of the top Class 6 team in the playoffs and Suburban Gold first-team selection earns a slot in top 10.

QB Ty Black, SM Northwest
WR Daniel Jackson, Bishop Miege 
RB Jeremy Brown, North Kansas City
WR Ty Lindeman, SM Northwest 
QB Darrius Pearsall, Lee's Summit 
ATH Teven McKelvey, Gardner-Edgerton 

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