Shawnee Mission West football enters the 2020 season in pursuit of its 1st winning season since 2016.
Vikings head coach Tim Callaghan is looking towards his upperclassmen to turn things around. Shawnee Mission West is 2-25 in the last three years.
“There is a tough and talented group of seniors and juniors that will be helped out by quite a few sophomores,” commented Callaghan.
“The team is committed to each other and has worked hard in the offseason to increase their chances of success.”
Seven starters from last year’s offensive squad return of Shawnee Mission West.
Four seniors: quarterback Weston Moore, receivers Earl McDowell, and Andrew Kinney, and lineman Brayde Huff should step up in key positions.
Senior Andrew Kinney, 266 lbs. 5’11” running back, juniors Hayden Berndt, 6’3″ 285 lbs. tight end, and Logan Hill, 5’11” 220 lbs. lineman will provide experience to a solid returning core of offensive players.
“The line will be small, but quick with some experience on offense and will be the key on both sides of the ball,” noted Callaghan.
Like the offensive unit, seven starters from last year’s defensive side return in 2020.
The pair of seniors, outside linebacker Ben Moore, 5’11” 180lbs., and defensive end Chris Coggs, 5’6″ 215 lbs., will lead the defense.
Juniors Jonah Dolphino, 5’11” OLB, Ed Storey, 5’11” LB, Dakota Catorie, 5’10” 205 lbs LB., and Hayden Berndt, who will double at the defensive end slot, will provide experience on the defensive side as well.
“This team will have more depth and speed. High expectations are always here, and this team will be ready for the challenge,” added Callaghan.
5A state champion Mill Valley joins the Sunflower League this season.
As for the Vikings schedule, the balance of home and away games will be favorable for a team seeking a winning season.
“These guys know how to compete. They will be eager to prove themselves on every Friday night,” said Callaghan.
“They are ready to take control of the Viking ship.”