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JAYHAWK-LINN JAYHAWKS

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
 DateOpponent
 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.

Q&A:

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 Sports.com all throughout the season.

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