Butler County football team capsules

Charles Chaney
Butler County Times Gazette

Andover Trojans

Head Coach: Ken Dusenbury

Time at Andover: First season. Sixth overall (42-11 in five seasons at Garden Plain)

Last Year: 3-7, lost to Bishop Carroll 35-7 in the Class 5A Regional.

Offense: Power GunDefense: 3-3-5 Stack

Key Players: Max Smith, WR; Ethan Richardson, WR, Sr.; Isiah Maikori, WR/DB, Sr.; Ashton Ngo, QB/LB, Sr.; Avery Fahnestock, OL; Maddox Bogner, OL; AJ Piper, OL; Nick Parker, OL; Dillon Schobourgh, DE, Sr.; Tayton Klein, DB; Chandler Goodnight, LB, Jr.; Josh Sparks, DL

Schedule:

WEEK 1 at Maize

WEEK 2 vs. Arkansas City

WEEK 3 vs. Salina Central

WEEK 4 at Goddard Ike

WEEK 5 at Campus

WEEK 6 vs. Valley Center

WEEK 7 at Andover Central

WEEK 8 vs. Goddard

The Andover Trojans are walking into a bit of unknown territory as the 2020 season is set to kick off.

They come in with a new head coach, Ken Dusenbury, and their starting quarterback for the last three seasons, Eli Fahnestock, decided to stick to baseball after a slew of injuries.

So, where does that leave the Trojans? Still with high expectations.

Andover is coming off a 3-7 season where they knocked off Salina Central in the Class 5A playoffs but ultimately fell to Bishop Carroll in Regionals. They return Ashton Ngo at quarterback and his hard nosed approach to offense is the perfect fit for Dusenbury’s Power gun offense.

The Trojans were in almost every game last season, going 1-5 in games decided by a touchdown or less. They had fourth quarter leads in three of the five losses.

Andover returns a defense that was arguably the best in Class 5A last season. They consistently limited teams whether it was on the ground or through the air. With players like Josh Sparks, Chandler Goodnight, Dillon Schobourgh, and Ngo on the defensive side of things, they return six players that will be instrumental in keeping that level of play up.

While Dusenbury’s teams don’t throw it often, they are loaded in the skills positions. With Isaiah Maikori, Max Smith, Ethan Richardson all ready to help out where ever they may be needed.

There are questions marks as there is no returner at running back for the Trojans and it could be a running back by committee type of season until someone shows who’s best.

Who will replace David Kemp at kicker is a big question.

First home game of the season for the Trojans is vs. Arkansas City in Week 2.

Andover Central

Head Coach: Derek Tuttle

Time at Andover Central: Second season (11-2).

Last Year: 11-2, lost to Bishop Meige 61-7 in Class 4A State Championship Game.

Offense: Multiple spread Defense: 4-2-5

Key Players: Landon Coy, OL/DL, Sr.; Kyle Kohman, WR/DE, Sr.; Kyren Parrott, LB/KR/PR, Sr.; Jacob Rees, RB/LB, Sr.; Kamden Wilson, TE/DE, Jr.; Drew Daniels, OL/DL, Jr.; Davin Simms, WR, Sr.

Schedule:

WEEK 1 at Newton

WEEK 2 at Buhler

WEEK 3 vs. Goddard Ike

WEEK 4 vs. Goddard

WEEK 5 at Valley Center

WEEK 6 vs. Salina Central

WEEK 7 vs. Andover

WEEK 8 at Arkansas City

In Derek Tuttle’s first season as the head coach of the Jaguars, he took them right next to the mountain top. What is he supposed to do in his second year? That’s the question being asked.

The Jaguars lost a host of seniors that helped them go 11-2 last season, with an appearance in the Class 4A State Championship game. This season, while they may not be as flashy, they should be a tough out once again.

Chase White assumes the role at quarterback, a position he possessed as a sophomore. White can lead this team and he’ll have Jacob Rees with him to carry the backfield. Rees ran for 401 yards and four touchdowns last season as the leading rusher for the Jaguars.

White, who played five games as the starter in 2018 through for 582 yards and four touchdowns. Last season, as a junior, White went 9-of-12 for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

The Jaguars added transfer Davin Simms to their roster in the offseason. The transfer from Derby plays wide receive and holds offers from numerous schools.

The strength for the Jaguars may be their offensive line, led by Drew Daniels. The 6-2, 235 linemen was an honorable mention All-State player. Landon Coy will provide some strength on the line as well.

On the defensive side, there is no replacing a player like Trey DeGarmo, but the Jaguars will have talent. Kyren Parrott will return at linebacker and Rees will step in and do some at LB as well. Bronx Wood, Kamden Wilson, Kyle Kohman will lead the Jags defensive line.

Andover Central will have to find someone to step in and replace Blake Robison who handled all the kicking duties last season. He’s playing football at Peru State.White handled some duties last year for the Jaguars.

The Jaguars open up their new Jaguar Stadium on Sept. 18 against Salina Central.

Augusta Orioles

Head Coach: Jason Filbeck

Time at Augusta: Seventh Season (31-27)

Last Year: 5-5, lost to Andover Central 45-7 in Class 4A Regional.

Offense: FlexboneDefense: 4-2-5

Key Players: Ely Wilcox, LB/S, Sr.; Ryan Andrews, FB, Sr.; Duke Lichlyter, Slot/DB, Sr.; Nate Volkman, OG, Sr.; Tyler McConathy, SS/Slot, Sr.; Hunter Anderson, QB, Jr.; Holt Williams, LB, Jr.; Zack Timberlake, OT, Sr.; Jett Hand, WR, Sr.; Kaden McDaniel, FS, So.

Schedule:

WEEK 1 vs. Coffeyville-Field Kindley

WEEK 2 vs. El Dorado

WEEK 3 at Circle

WEEK 4 at Rose Hill

WEEK 5 vs. Buhler

WEEK 6 vs. Winfield

WEEK 7 at Abliene

WEEK 8 at McPherson

Augusta is ready to challenge for the AVCTL-III title. Head coach Jason Filbeck is stock and loaded with one of his best classes yet and many coaches are expected the Orioles to do just that, challenge for the league crown.

Led by junior quarterback, Hunter Anderson, the Orioles return a bunch of starters from a team who went to the Class 4A Regionals since making the quarterfinals in 2005.

Augusta is returning eight players on both sides of the ball and while the offense only averaged 18.6 points per game last season, they are expected to be more explosive as Hunter Anderson comes back for another season under center. He’s complimented in the backfield by Ryan Andrews, the senior fullback.

The front side of the schedule is favorable for the Orioles as they open with two home games but they also close with two on the road, including a game that could be for the league title, at McPherson.

Ely Wilcox leads a strong Augusta defense that came up big when it was needed. It had a goal line stand the playoff win over Coffeyville last season. Hold Williams will be a nice compliment for Wilcox, who is garnering college offers in this offseason. Duke Lichlyter and Kaden McDaniel make a fierce duo in the secondary.

Tyler Kohls will be a hidden gem in the league as many teams struggle to find a kicker. Having the security of being able to kick on most spots on the field could be the difference maker.

Augusta’s offensive line, with Zach Timberlake and Nate Volkman will be the decision of whether or not the offense can move.

If Augusta can deal with the stretches away from Hiller Stadium, the Orioles could see themselves deep in the Class 4A Playoffs.

Bluestem Lions

Head Coach: Ethan Haworth

Time at Bluestem: Second season (1-8)

Last Year: 1-8, lost to St. Mary’s Colgan 57-0 in Class 2A Week 9.

Offense: FlexboneDefense: 3-4

Key Players: Tucker Garrison, QB/RB/LB, Jr.; Christian Solis WR/DB, So.; Kendall Keeton, RB/S, Sr.; Landen Wilson, QB/ RB/DB, Jr.; Logan Walden ,WR/DB, Sr.; Kolby Hebb, OL/DL, So.; Michael Harrison, OL/DE, Sr.; Gavin Worrell, OL/ DL, So.; Bob Fiebiger, WR/DB/LB, Jr.

Schedule:

WEEK 1 vs. Humboldt

WEEK 2 vs. Cherryvale

WEEK 3 at Eureka

WEEK 4 vs. Chaparral

WEEK 5 at Belle Plaine

WEEK 6 vs. Douglass

WEEK 7 at Kingman

WEEK 8 vs. Garden Plain

The Bluestem Lions under second year head coach Ethan Haworth are looking for a little consistency heading into the 2020 season.

After going 1-8 a year ago, the Lions will look to lean on their offensive line, led by Michael Harrison to power their offense. Harrison, along with sophomores Gavin Worrell and Kolby Hebb, the O-Line will try to be the balance of an offense that tries to find their identity.

Trying to replace Nic Laidler at quarterback in Haworth’s flexbone offense will be Landen Wilson and Tucker Garrison.

Kendal Keaton will carry the load at running back along with Brody Meyers, a freshman. Logan Walden will see reps at wide receiver.

The defense will have Wilson back at defensive back. The junior received some all-state honorable mentions last season and will be the anchor for the defense.

Improvement in tackling will be big for the Lions as they will finally have players in the same season for multiple years. After churning through coordinators and coaches, the Lions will have some strength for the first time in three years, which is a start for Bluestem.

The addition of former head coaches to the coaching staff will be huge in the longterm effects for the player’s development at Bluestem. Additions of Jesse Hodgson, former South Grey head coach.

The schedule does no favor for the Lions as they open up against Humboldt, a team who won 10 games a year ago and only fell to the eventually state champion, Nemaha Central.

A cross county match up with Douglass in Week 6 may be the Game of the Week between those two. It is a return of a game that had been played regularly before taking a break in 2018.

Circle Thunderbirds

Head Coach: Logan Clothier

Time at Circle: Fourth season (3-24).

Last Year: 1-8, lost to Andover Central 42-7 in Class 4A Week 9.

Offense: SpreadDefense: 4-3

KeyPlayers: Jake Shaults WR/DE, Sr.; Lukas Rogers, WR/DB, Sr.; Cort Ott, LB, Sr.; Luke McGinnis, QB/DB, Jr.; Dylan Bougher, RB/CB, Jr.; Ty Smith, WR/DB, So.; Jake Brown, WR/DB, Jr.

Schedule:

WEEK 1 at Chanute

WEEK 2 vs. McPherson

WEEK 3 vs. Augusta

WEEK 4 at Mulvane

WEEK 5 at Winfield

WEEK 6 vs. Independence

WEEK 7 at El Dorado

WEEK 8 vs. Buhler

Chemistry is so important in football. One guy not in sync with his teammates and misses an assignment, the whole play can go bust.

That’s why for the Circle Thunderbirds, chemistry is so important. With 12 returning starters from last year’s squad, the T-Birds are looking to use the chemistry get improve off last year’s 1-8 season that ended in the Class 4A first round to Andover Central.

Fueled by Jake Shaults, the senior athlete, the T-Birds are hoping to bypass last year’s win total and host a home playoff game. Shaults will see time at defensive end and at wide receiver for the T-Birds.

To do that, they’ll need some players to step up. Players like Lukas Rogers and Cort Ott, two seniors who will be looked upon for leadership.

Replacing Luke Myers at quarterback will be Luke McGinnis. The junior will also step in and play safety and he’s only a junior, providing stability for the quarterback position for the next couple of seasons. Other juniors that will be asked to step in will be Jake Brown and Dylan Beougher. The two will patrol the defensive backfield as well as playing running back (Beougher) and wide receiver (Brown).

Look for Ty Smith, only a sophomore to play some significant minutes for the T-Birds.

Under defensive coordinate, Joe Zinn, the T-Birds hope to be better than last year’s season. They’ll get a test right out of the game with Chanute and McPherson during their first two weeks. A real gauge of where they are a unite.

Circle will focus on what they can control and pay attention to the details and continue to grow the program that, despite their record has been well supported by the community.

Douglass Bulldogs

Head Coach: Kelley Sayahnejad

TimeatDouglass: Sixth season (18-29); Ninth overall (20-55)

LastYear: 3-6, beat Wichita Independent 16-12 in Class 2A Week 9.

Offense: SpreadDefense: 3-4

KeyPlayers: Cole Martin, WR/LB/P, Sr.; Dylan Lockwood, WR/OLB, Sr.; David Arevalo, WR/DB, Sr.; Dalton Hilyard, RB/ LB, Jr.; Matthew Reynolds, WR/LB, Jr.; Hunter Glaves, RB/LB, Sr.; Clayton Elliott, OL/DL, Sr.; Joe Martin, OL/ DL, Jr.; Morgan, DL, So.

Schedule:

WEEK 1 at Remington

WEEK 2 vs. Marion

WEEK 3 at Wichita Trinity

WEEK 4 vs. Garden Plain

WEEK 5 vs. Kingman

WEEK 6 at Bluestem

WEEK 7 vs. Chaparral

WEEK 8 at Belle Plaine

After losing so many starters in 2019, the Douglass Bulldogs are set to return an experienced lineup to a competitive district in 2020.

Douglass lost 19 of 22 starters last season and spent much of the year rebuilding and retooling their roster. Which bodes well for the 2020 season.

Douglass returns 13 starters from a season ago and 25 lettermen all together. They lose Keylan Jones, who was the do-it-all man for the Bulldogs but they do return Cole Marin, the senior who also handles the punting duties. Martin threw for over 500 yards last year, while also rushing for 356 yards. He scored 11 touchdowns for the Bulldogs a year ago.

On the defensive side of the ball, they will have to replace All-State Honorable Mention Sam Headrick, who was the team’s second leading tackler. Also, Jones, as mentioned, was the team’s kicker and that will be a concern for the Bulldogs. Brady Roberts, the junior defensive back will try to take over those duties. Martin will handle the punting.

Dalton Hilyard will be the featured running back in an offense that needs a strong back. He will also see time at linebacker for a defense that returns at least 11 players who saw starting minutes last season. Three of the top four tacklers return as well.

The schedule is loaded with the usuals in Garden Plain and Belle Plaine. A renewal of the cross-county game against Bluestem should be circled on the calendar.

Douglass will have a majority of their starters be non-starters as Douglass continues to build up their football program back to where it was in 2018. Douglass is expected to play at least seven sophomores in significant minutes this season.

El Dorado Wildcats

HeadCoach: West Bell

Time at El Dorado: Second season (2-7)

Last Year: 3-6, beat Wichita Independent 16-12 in Class 2A Week 9.

Offense: FlexboneDefense: Multiple 3-4

Key Players: Zach Wittenberg, RB/OLB, Sr.; Gannon White, QB, So.; Dravin Fowler, RB/DB, Sr.; Gavin Bell, OL/DL, Jr.; Dez Stitt, OL/DL, Sr.; Michael Riddle, OL/ILB, So.; Connor Clausing, WR/OLB, Jr.

Schedule:

WEEK 1 vs. Independence

WEEK 2 at Augusta

WEEK 3 at Labette County

WEEK 4 vs. Buhler

WEEK 5 at McPherson

WEEK 6 vs. Wellington

WEEK 7 vs. Circle

WEEK 8 at Winfield

There was a learning curve for Wes Bell last season, as a first year head coach coming from the college rankings. His team was very young, too. This season, the El Dorado Wildcats are still quite young but are seasoned as Bell heads into his second season.

The Wildcats are hoping to improve upon their two wins from last season and that will start with the kicking game. It is unknown who will step up and kick for El Dorado this season but multiple times last season the game could have been turned if the kick game would have been there. They did not attempt a field goal on numerous scoring drives in the first half.

Led by senior Zach Wittenberg, the Wildcats plan to run it down the heart of the defense for 32 minutes. Wittenberg, who was offered by Butler in August, will lead that from the backfield, along with Dravin Fowler and Drew Veatch. Gannon White, who started as a freshman returns at quarterback, as does all five starting linemen.

While Gannon White is your starter now, get to know the name Trip Baker as he will push for starting time and will see the field in a variety of ways if he does not get it.

Landon Zogelman is back after a season ending injury last season and is expected to have a solid senior season for El Dorado.

Connor Clausing and Jalen Rice will control the linebacking core for the Wildcats while Jaydon Sundgren will lead the secondary in Bell’s 3-4 defense.

El Dorado went out and added Cade Armstrong, the former Andover head coach, to their coaching staff. His defensive knowledge gives an immediate presence and respect from opposing coaches.

The Wildcats play two of their last three at home, which could be big for seeding.

Flinthills Mustangs

Head Coach: Daniel Scribner

Time at Flinthills: Fourth season (3-24).

Last Year: 1-8, lost to Udall 45-18 in Week 9.

Offense: MultipleDefense: 3-2

Key Players: Austin Mantanona OL/DL, Sr.; Hunter Lowmaster, QB/DB, So.; Gavin Girty, QB/FB/LB; Cael Sorum, OL/DL; Brandon Gleason, RB/DE; Tucker Travnichek, WR; Taylor Brown, LB; Jonathan McCreight, OL/DL.

Schedule:

WEEK 1 vs. Cedar Vale-Dexter

WEEK 2 at Sedan

WEEK 3 at West Elk

WEEK 4 vs. Oxford

WEEK 5 at Chase County

WEEK 6 vs. Central Burden

WEEK 7 vs. Madison

WEEK 8 at Udall

The wins have been few and far between for the Flinthills Mustangs over the last few years. With some youth on the roster, they are looking to surprise some people in the Class 8-man Division I.

Unlike two seasons ago, Flinthills were in games last season. 12-point loss to Oxford, and an Udall game that could have gone differently if it was not for turnovers in their season opener.

There is hope in turning it around in Rosalia.

Daniel Scribner will lead on a two-quarterback system to start the season with sophomore Hunter Lowmaster and Gavin Girty splitting reps under center. When Lowmaster is not playing Quarterback, he’ll slide into the running back slot and share carries with Brandon Gleason.

Cael Sorum, Jonathan McCreight and Austin Mantanoma will be the offensive linemen for the Mustangs.

There are winnable games on the schedule for Flinthills. West Elk is always a toss up game, as Flinthills beat the Patriots each of the last two seasons. They will also get Oxford again, this time in Rosalia. Flinthlls also hosts Central Burden.

The Mustangs open their season at home against Cedar Vale-Dexter, who they have not beaten since 2012. Then, they travel to Sedan.

Remington Mustangs

Head Coach: Simon McKee

Time at Remington: Third season (4-14)

Last Year: 2-7, beat Neodesha 34-13 in Week 9.

Offense: OptionDefense: 3-4

Key Players: Owen Thiel, RB/LB; Braden Scribner, QB/LB; David Fasnacht, RB/LB; Sam Entz - WR/DB; Braden Hays, OL/DL.

Schedule:

WEEK 1 vs. Douglass

WEEK 2 vs. Conway Springs

WEEK 3 at The Independent

WEEK 4 at Sublette

WEEK 5 vs. Stanton County

WEEK 6 at Sedgwick

WEEK 7 at Inman

WEEK 8 vs. Elkhart

The schedule over the last few years have not been kind to Remington-Whitewater. This season is probably no different with Conway Springs, Sedgwick, Inman and Elkhart on the roster.

In his third season at Remington, head coach Simon McKee’s goals are not lofty to make the playoffs. It is a goal every team should have. The ability to play in the postseason, and not the consolation game offered to those who don’t make it, but an actual chance at a championship, is what everyone wants.

Owen Thiel returns at running back, as does Braden Scribner at quarterback. The duo also play linebacker and provide the anchor for the defense. It’s a tough task to ask two players to play big time skill positions on both sides, but they seem up to it.

Remington is looking to replace a couple of offensive linemen from last season’s team who won their final two games of the season.

The schedule starts out with county foe, Douglass. The two have never played and should be an interesting affair in Remington to open the season.

Then, the schedule heats up. They play Conway Springs and Sublette in weeks 3 and 5. Then, they close the season with three teams who made the playoffs last season in Sedgwick, Inman and Elkhart.

This team is going to need some toughness to get through and if everything coach Simon McKee speaks about when talking about his team’s toughness, they have a shot at it, despite only returning six total starters from a season ago.

Rose Hill Rockets

Head Coach: Lee Weber

TimeatRose Hill: Third season (4-14); 20th overall (82-95)

LastYear: 3-6, lost to Goddard 32-14 in Class 4A Week 9.

Offense: Spread Defense: 4-4

Key Players: Noah Bolticoff, OL, Sr.; Colton McGrew, OL/DE, Sr.; Dalton Dockers, OL, Sr.; Gary Tran, OL, Jr.; Tristan Calef, OL, Sr.; Bryson Evans, QB, Jr.; Spencer Nolan, WR, Sr.; Trevor Kiser, WR, 5-7, 150, Sr.; Bryce Bischler, LB, Sr.; Noah Paredes, LB, Jr.; Brandon Kelly, LB, Sr.

Schedule:

WEEK 1 vs. Andale

WEEK 2 at Clearwater

WEEK 3 at Wichita Collegiate

WEEK 4 vs. Augusta

WEEK 5 at Wellington

WEEK 6 vs. Mulvane

WEEK 7 vs. Winfield

WEEK 8 at Independence

After losing in the Class 4A playoffs first round, the Rose Hill Rockets are hungry for more. They have to replace some really important pieces from last season but return 16 total starters and a division I signee is on the line, it appears to be good omens for the Rockets.

The rockets return four offensive linemen starters, Dalton Dockers, Gary Tran and Tristant Calef to compliment Noah Bolticoff on the offensive line. The offensive line will be the anchor to an offense that was held under 15 points in all six of their losses.

Bryson Evans steps into the full-time starting quarterback position after splitting time last year. He threw for over 1,000 yards last season and will be asked to command the offense that returns no starting running backs but all receivers.

Spencer Nolan and Trevor Kiser will provide as nice targets for Evans on the wings.

On the defensive side of things, it will be Bryce Bischler, who will lead the defense for Rose Hill. The Rockets defense last season pitched two shut outs and held Goddard to a tough game in the playoffs. Noah Paredes, a junior and Brandon Kelly a senior, will help Bischler in the front seven.

Expect Rose Hill to run the ball, control the clock and dictate the pace of the game. This will limit their defenses exposures and put a premium on that veteran offensive line.

Their schedule takes no breaks as they have to host the defending Class 3A Champion, Andale to open the season. However, there is no McPherson this season and almost every game is winnable. Most important games on the schedule are Weeks 2-3, traveling to Clearwater and Wichita Collegiate.