Burlingame football saw their string of four consecutive trips to the playoffs come to an end after a multitude of injuries derailed the Bearcats to a record of 5-4 in 2019.
The streak was the longest in the Bearcats history and helped reignite a tradition that had been dormant for many years.
“We never really were able to get comfortable as a unit because of having to move guys around to new positions because of the injuries week in and week out,” said Bearcats head coach Jeff Slater on the 2019 season.
“I thought we took a step in the right direction ending with a victory in week 9.”
Slater returns for his seventh season, with a 52-12 record during his tenure. Slater and his staff welcome back 18 upperclassmen this upcoming fall. Including, seven returning starters on each side of the ball.
“We’re hoping the experience many of these kids had last year filling in for the injuries will pay off this year,” stated Slater.
Senior Wyatt Ledom and Sophomore Colby Middleton return out of the backfield from last year’s team. Each was hampered with injuries but managed to rush for over 460 yards, each with 15 TD’s.
Seniors Austin Tyson and Garrett Robison are critical targets in the passing game. Robison pulled in 7 TDs and earned himself 2nd Team Lyon County League honors at wide receiver in 2019.
Senior Gavin Williams and Junior Trevor Quaney will provide experience on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
Junior Kris Hovestadt rounds out the top returners for the Bearcats. Hovestadt is one of the fastest players in the Lyon County League and earned a 2nd team selection at the defensive back position a year ago.
Burlingame finds themselves in the 8M-D2 District 3 this year. They join one of the top teams in the state with Clifton-Clyde. The Eagles return a strong nucleus after a 10-1 record last year.
Familiar foes Valley Falls and Maranatha Academy join the Bearcats in the district. Burlingame split wins against them last year.
Doniphan West and Washington County round out the stacked district. Burlingame has not faced either opponent in recent memory.
The Bearcats battle for a Lyon County League title begins week 1 when they host Madison on September 4th.
Waverly and Hartford round out league play before districts begin.