The Humboldt Cubs football team in 2018 and 2019 set many records, including best record and deepest run in the playoffs in 2018.
The Cubs lost in the Sectional Round to eventual 2A State Champion Nemaha Central.
The 2020 Humboldt Cubs are out to prove they have the talent for continued success. After losing Division 2 athleticism in Conner Haviland and Josh Hull, this year’s Cubs team has their work cut out for them.
“We only return six total lettermen from a year ago and only three starters on each side of the ball,” said Humboldt coach Logan Wyrick. “We have a lot of moving pieces that we’ve been trying to figure out who goes where this summer.”
Upfront is senior offensive and defensive lineman Blake Walker. The 5’11” 235 lbs. the Wichita Eagle also recognized the senior as an All-State Honorable Mention.
Sophomore Maddox Johnson, 5’10” 225 lbs., joins Walker on the offensive line in 2020.
“I think our strengths start up front, where we return two starters on our offensive line,” said the sixth year Humboldt football head coach. “We have probably had the best turn out and production this summer from our five projected starters.”
All-State Defensive Back Honorable Mention Gavin Page, 5’8″ 160 lbs., is one of the three players returning this year. Page is just a junior and moves into the quarterback position.
Seniors Trenton Heisler, 6’3″ 175 lbs., and Drake Harrington, 6′ 150 lbs., towering frames will contribute on offense. Sophomore Trey Sommer could be a factor with a 6′ frame at the tight end position.
The Humboldt football team welcomes running back Drew Counsil. The 5’10 175 lbs. junior is a transfer from Tri-Valley rival Neodesha.
Coach Wyrick emphasized throwing the ball more this year.
“We look to have a much more balanced attack offensively with Gavin at QB,” said Wyrick. “I believe we need to find a way to be much more balanced this season.”
Humboldt averaged over 50 points per game last season while surrendering just over 15 points per game last season.
“On defense, we’ve got to find who our best 11 are very quickly,” said the Cubs coach.
Humboldt football has made the playoffs four straight years. The playing field will pose challenges for Humboldt.
The Cubs will contend with Tri-Valley rival Eureka, West Franklin, Jayhawk-Linn, Wellsville, and Osage City.
The top two teams in the district host a playoff game; the third and fourth teams travel on the road.
Humboldt begins the season on the road against Leon-Bluestem on Friday, September 4th, 2020.