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High Playoff Hopes Surround Lebo Football This Fall

High Playoff Hopes Surround Lebo Football This Fall

The Lebo football team enters 2020 with high hopes after a 7-3 season a year ago. Seven starters return from last year’s team, so the expectations are warranted. A drop in classification could also aid in a successful postseason run this fall for Lebo.

The Wolves drop down to 8M-DII this season after the last several years in DI. Last year, eventual state champion Canton-Galva ended the Wolves season in the second round of playoffs.

Lebo football head coach Brian Hadley returns for his third season. Hadley is 11-8 in his first two seasons with the Wolves.

All-State senior quarterback Devan McEwen leads Hadley’s group of returning starters. McEwen led the Wolves in passing and rushing a year ago, totaling over 2,300 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Junior Kyle Reese also earned All-State honors a year ago at the receiver position for Lebo. Seniors Andrew Bailey and Jerome Ferguson join Reese in the skills spot. Sophomore Luke Davies joins the group of upperclassmen, rounding out an explosive group for the Wolves offense.

The Lebo football’s offensive unit averaged just under 44 points per game in 2019.

Defensively, Lebo will remain in their 3-2 base defense. McEwen earned 1st Team All-State honors as a defensive back, leading the Wolves with six interceptions.

The defensive line returns in its entirety. Seniors Caleb Fehr and Joseph Linzer join Ferguson on the front lines of defense.

Lebo’s defensive focus this year is giving up fewer points in 2020 after surrendering just over 28 points per game in 2019.

Lebo competes with Harford, Marais des Cygnes Valley, Rural Vista, Wakefield, and Centre-Lost Springs in district play this season.

The Wolves faced only MDCV a year ago, earning a 64-14 victory. Centre-Lost Springs and Lebo are the front runners and their matchup on October 9th will most likely decide the district champion.

If the Wolves find success this fall in the postseason, they will be in short company of former teams.

Lebo has made it to the round of 8, three previous times (2010,2005,1997). The furthest they have advanced in the playoffs is the semifinal round with 2010 and 1997 being the only two times that has occurred.

Lebo begins their season against Southern Coffey County before dates with Chase County and Waverly to round out non-district play.

(Keep up with Lebo Football this season on the Eastern Kansas Sports Football section)

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