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Head Coach: Randy Leach (28-11 — .718, sixth season)

Assistant Coaches: Clint Johnson, Jason Casner, Joe Wunderly

2018 record: 6-3 (4-1 league)

Offensive Scheme: Veer

Defensive Scheme: 4-4

State Classification: 2A District 1

Top returning players: 

WR/DB   Brance Ware — (6’2, 170, Sr.) — 1st team All-TRL Defensive back, HM All-TRL Receiver

RB/SS   Lane Thompson — (5’11, 160, Sr.)

OL/DE   Jake Robinson — (5’10, 180, Sr.) — HM All-TRL Defensive end

OL/DE   Clint Barker — (6’2, 300, Sr.)

OL/DL   Connor Stults — (6’1, 185, Sr.)

FB/LB   Cade Kellstadt — (6’1, 195, Jr.)

OL/DL   Garrett Scott — (5’10, 245, Jr.)

OL/DE   Jason McKinley — (6’1, 215, So.)

RB/SS   Daylon Burk — (5’8, 150, So.)

OL/DE   Trenton Gray — (6’2, 175, Jr.)

OL/DL   Jared Williard — (5’10, 230, So.)

TE/DB   Kaden Nation — (5’10, 165, Jr.)

2019 season preview: As with most seasons, expectations are high for the Jayhawk football program. While the last two years have seen high quality players graduate, Jayhawk-Linn still returns eight players on offense and defense who started nearly half of the games in 2018. Randy Leach has guided his team to five straight post-season births as well as twenty-three wins over the last three seasons, and I would expect similar success in 2019 for the ‘Hawks.

Predicted 2019 Three Rivers League finish: TRL Coaches Preseason Poll 3rd –  Eastern Kansas Sports Contributors – 3rd

 2019 Jayhawk-Linn Football Schedule
 Date Opponent
 9/6  v. Yates Center*
 9/13  @ Uniontown*
 9/20  v. Pleasanton*
 9/27#  @ Humboldt
 10/4#  @ Southeast-Cherokee*
 10/11#  v. Northeast-Arma*
 10/18#  @ Erie
 10/25#  v. Riverton
 11/1  TBD

* League Opponent / # District Game

Biggest game of 2019: @Pleasanton. Truthfully, when you year in and year out compete for league titles you are typically everyone’s “get up”game. Jayhawk-Linn has experienced this the last several years after winning multiple league championships. This year however there is a league champion to be hunted. After losing to the Blu-Jays a season ago, the Jayhawks should be chomping at the bit to reignite this old rivalry.


Eastern Kansas Sports What was the highlight of the 2018 season for you and your football program?

Randy Leach — “Having the opportunity to work with student-athletes.”

SEK What players within your football program will you look to for leadership?

RL — “All of them at some point! As the conditions change, some kids adjust and naturally step forward and lead. My staff and I try to encourage each student-athlete to take charge and lead when the opportunity presents itself.”

SEK — Heading into the season what do you believe are your team strengths? 

RL — “I think our kids have high expectations and will compete.”

SEK — What will be the biggest change for your team heading into the 2019 season.

RL — “As every year, being a small school, graduation takes its toll. We have big shoes to fill this season.”

SEK — What are your main goals for the upcoming season?

RL — “To improve each day.”

Thank you for reading along! You can catch scores, standings, schedules, and in-depth articles on SEK all throughout the season.

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