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810 Varsity's Player of Year Watch

By Chad Rader, 810 Varsity, 09/14/21, 5:15PM CDT

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Check out the current listing for big class Player of Year race

Below is a look at 810 Varsity's listing for the Player of the Year race for big class (Class 6, Class 5) for 2021.

 

Henry Martin, BV North

QB, Senior

Stats
781 passing yards, 12 TDs
Games: 2
Team record: 2-0

Martin has been putting up Madden numbers early on with 391 yards and 6 touchdowns per game. As a junior, Martin helped lead the Mustangs to the Kansas Class 6A title game with 2,961 yards and 32 touchdowns in 10 games.

What’s needed: Continue the lofty numbers, and a long playoff run. Particularly if BVN advances farther than Olathe North and BV Northwest.

Mikey Pauley, BV Northwest

QB, Senior

Stats
432 passing yards, 4 TDs
218 rushing yards, 3 TDs
Games: 2
Team Record: 2-0

Pauley is equally as dangerous afoot as with his arm, as evidenced with 161 rushing yards and two scores in a 35-21 win over Blue Valley. One of the area’s top recruited quarterbacks, Pauley averaged 202 passing yards and 83 rushing yards in 2020.

What’s needed: Martin may get more passing yards, but Pauley will add more on the ground. Likely will come down to who goes farthest in the playoffs.

Briggs Bartosh, Park Hill South

RB, Junior

Stats
483 rushing yards, 3 TDs
Games: 3
Team record: 3-0

Bartosh  and Greg Lyles (Belton) lead the Missouri big class running backs in rushing yards, posting 208 yards and 2 scores in the season-opening win over Platte County as well as 189 yards and TD at Grain Valley.

What’s needed: Continue the big numbers and lead Park Hill South to a double-digit season and long playoff run.

Noah Palmer, Olathe North

QB, Senior

Stats
283 passing yards, 4 TDs
120 rushing yards, 2 TDs
Games: 2
Team record: 2-0

Palmer has scored via air and ground in each of the Eagles two wins this year. Palmer also stars at defensive back for the O-North defense which hasn’t yielded a point all season.

What’s needed: Continue what Palmer’s been doing, and likely in the race with Martin and Pauley, lead the Eagles a step farther than BV North and BV Northwest.

Sam Van Dyne, Liberty North

QB, Junior

Stats
527 passing yards, 5 TDs
Games: 3
Team record: 2-1

Top player on the top team theory applies, like Conrad Hawley last year with Raymore-Peculiar. However, Liberty North splits times across all positions – including Van Dyne with Elijah Leonard at QB.

What’s needed: Van Dyne to pull a Conrad Hawley of 2020 and help the Eagles to the Class 6 title game with a solid season at the helm.

Jet Dineen, Free State

QB, Senior

Stats
260 passing yards, 6 TDs
233 rushing yards, 4 TDs
Games: 2
Team record: 2-0

Dineen has done it with his legs and arm, posting 130 passing yard per game with 117 rushing yards per contest. Ten total TDs in leading a resurgent Firebirds has boosted Dineen in the race.

What’s needed: A win at Olathe North on Friday would help Dineen immensely.

Jacob Parrish, Olathe North

RB, Senior

Stats
194 rushing yards, 5 TDs
107 receiving yards, TD
Games: 2
Team record: 2-0

Like Palmer, Parrish hurts teams offensively via ground and receiving, but also on defense as well.

What’s needed: Olathe North to make a long playoff run. Palmer and Parris splitting stats may hurt in the end.

Sean Carroll, St. Thomas Aquinas

RB, Junior

Stats
351 rushing yards, 4 TDs
Games: 2
Team record: 2-0

For three straight years, Tank Young resided in the top 10 for Player of the Year watch. While not a single-back offense, Carroll has enjoyed the lion’s share with 26 and 27 carries in the first two games with marks of 214 and 137 yards in the two games. The win over Lutheran North helped for sure.

What’s needed: St. Thomas Aquinas to end up winning the EKL and a long playoff run in Class 5A with Carroll surpassing 1,500 yards.

Mason McGavran, Olathe West

QB, Junior

Stats
295 passing yards, 2 TDs
374 rushing yards, 6 TDs
Games: 2
Team record: 1-1

For an Owl to be on the list isn’t surprise, but perhaps McGavran instead of RB Anthony Favrow is. McGavran has rushed for 154 yards and 2 TDs, and 220 and 4 TDs in the first two contests as well as nearly 150 passing yards per contest.

What’s needed: Continue big numbers that are hard to ignore and Olathe West to post a winning record and a playoff run.

TBD, Lee's Summit North

Record: 3-0

Broncos off to a great start and could battle Liberty North for the top Missouri Class 6 team in the Metro. But no players have stood out offensively, and defensive players have a tough go in Player of the Year races. 

What's needed: Broncos to beat Liberty North and a player emerge with solid stats, much like Van Dyne for Liberty North.

Others

Dominique Orange, North Kansas City
Grant Stubblefield, BV Northwest
Jaxon Goldberg, Blue Valley North
Greg Lyles, Belton

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