According to KansasFootballHistory.com, the Jayhawk-Linn High School football team has not won a playoff game in close to 50 years.
The Jayhawks have no trouble earning a spot in the playoffs; they are currently on a six year playoff streak. Five of those six appearances are under the direction of Randy Leech, who is entering in his sixth year as the Jayhawk-Linn football head coach.
That’s the single word Leech provided when asked what area his team will need to improve on this season in order to be successful.
That need for execution will come in various forms, but none more evident than from the leadership of upperclassmen on the Jayhawks roster.
Jayhawk-Linn lists only three seniors on their list of returning starters. Fullback and linebacker Cade Kellstadt and linemen Trent Gray and Garrett Scott will provide the veteran leadership.
Kellstadt begins his senior year listed at 6’1″ 210 lbs. On the line, Scott will anchor the line listed at 5’10” 245 lbs and Gray at 6’2″ 190 lbs.
Along with the trio of seniors, three experienced juniors join the journey to break the fifty year playoff win drought.
The offensive line showcases the towering 6’1″ figure of Jayson McKinley in addition to Hunteer Holt, 5’9 195 lbs., frame. McKinley and Holt play both ways and will see plenty of playing time.
Junior Trace Compton battles Sophomore Dylan Nickelson for the starting quarterback role.
The battle for starting quarterback is just one of many positions where younger student-athletes will pursue the roles filled by upperclassmen.
“(We) will be playing a lot of younger student-athletes,” said Leech.
If Jayhawk-Linn football hopes to bring the schools first football playoff victory in close to fifty years, they will have their work cut out for them.
The Jayhawks will compete in the 2A football classification for the next two years. As a result, they will compete with Wellsville, Osage City, Humboldt, West Franklin, and Eureka.
Both Wellsville and Humboldt are no strangers to postseason success. Much like the Jayhawks, Eureka finds themselves on the edge of a playoff run each season.
The Jayhawks open the 2020 season at Northeast-Arma on Friday, September 4th.