25 Topeka prep football players to know for the 2017 season
Holmes was an All-City offensive pick last fall and earned All-Centennial League honorable mention. Defensively, Holmes was in on 51 tackles, with three sacks. Holmes also took second in the 5A discus and third in the shot put in the state track meet.
Garza is part of a big, experienced offensive line for Topeka High, which is being counted on to open holes for star sophomore Ky Thomas. Garza earned All-City and All-Centennial League honorable mention last season at center.
Terry is a returning starter at linebacker for the T-Birds, recording 101 tackles with a sack, three tackles for loss and an interception. Also a standout wrestler, Terry earned All-City and All-Centennial League honorable mention as a junior.
Miller is a returning two-way starter for the Vikings, who are coming off an 8-3 season. Miller recorded 45 tackles as a junior and earned All-City honorable mention.
Payne was named the city defensive newcomer of the year last season, recording 83 tackles. Payne, who also plays running back, received All-City and All-Centennial League honorable mention and will be counted on to be a team leader this fall.
Huston returns as Hayden’s starting quarterback after helping the Wildcats post an 8-5 record and reach the 4A-II championship game. Huston completed 76 of 149 pass attempts for 842 yards and 10 touchdowns while also rushing for 266 yards on 37 attempts.
Matthias was an All-City offensive pick and first-team All-Centennial League selection at guard last fall for the 5-4 Trojans. Matthias, a three-year starter, is part of a strong returning nucleus up front for High.
Cummings is a returning defensive starter, registering 61 tackles and picking off four passes last fall, returning one for a touchdown. Cummings earned All-City and All-Centennial League honorable mention recognition as Rural posted a 7-4 record.
Lady started at defensive back last fall, earning All-City and All-Centennial League honorable mention, and is expected to take over as the T-Birds’ No. 1 quarterback this season. Lady was in on 20 tackles and picked off three passes last season.
Dunbar is a returning defensive starter for the Trojans, 5-4 last fall, and is part of a stable of big, talented linemen on both sides of the ball for the Trojans. Dunbar received All-City honorable mention as a junior.
Richey is one of three returning starters up front for the Trojans, with all three weighing at least 260 pounds. Richey earned All-City honorable mention as a junior and also earned All-City honors in track and field, placing in the 6A shot put.
Peavler was one of just two underclassmen to earn All-City Top 11 honors in 2016, leading the Wildcats with 172 tackles. He was credited with 11 sacks and five tackles for loss, while forcing four fumbles and picking off two passes. Peavler also earned All-Centennial League first-team honors.
VanBecelaere is a returning defensive starter for the Wildcats, registering 106 tackles and recovering two fumbles as Hayden reached the 4A-II championship game.
Plakio has been a standout at linebacker for the Scots since his sophomore year and registered 98 tackles as a junior, with four fumble recoveries and an interception. Plakio, a state qualifier in wrestling, also rushed for 114 yards on 28 attempts a year ago and earned All-City honorable mention.
White is a returning two-way starter for Highland Park, catching 16 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns while also recording 30 tackles, intercepting four passes and recovering two fumbles. White received All-City and All-Centennial League honorable mention last fall.
Jenkins is one of three returning offensive starters for the T-Birds, who are coming off a 3-6 record last season. As a junior Jenkins rushed for 585 yards on 83 attempts and scored three touchdowns.
Brown caught 24 passes for 433 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore for the 3-6 T-Birds. Brown earned All-City and All-Centennial League honorable mention last fall and was also a key reserve on Heights’ 5A state championship basketball team.
Ellis will be counted on to lead the Chargers in their first season under coach Ryan Kelly after catching 47 passes for 574 yards and scoring seven touchdowns as a junior. Ellis earned All-City and All-Centennial League honorable mention.
Allen is a returning starter on both sides of the ball for the Vikings, who are coming off an 8-3 season and advanced to the third round of the Class 5A playoffs last fall. Allen was credited with 27 tackles as a defensive end as a junior.
Hanika, also a standout basketball player, caught 34 passes for 441 yards and scored six touchdowns last season, helping Hayden advance to the 4A-II championship game. Hanika received All-City and All-Centennial League honorable mention.
Hamilton developed into a standout linebacker for the Junior Blues last fall, bouncing back from a broken leg he suffered as a sophomore to record 119 tackles. Also a standout basketball player, Hamilton earned All-City and All-Centennial League honorable mention.
Glendinning is one of four returning offensive starters for Washburn Rural, which is coming off a breakthrough 7-4 season. Also a standout wrestler, Glendinning earned All-City and All-Centennial League honorable mention last fall at offensive tackle.
Garman, also a state-class swimmer, is a returning starter on both offense and defense for Seaman, catching five passes for 98 yards and scoring two touchdowns while recording 15 tackles and picking off two passes.
White is the Junior Blues’ returning No. 1 quarterback, helping Rural post a 7-4 record and advance to the third round of the 6A playoffs. White accumulated more than 1,300 yards of total offense, earning All-City honorable mention.
Thomas was an All-City Top 11 pick and the city offensive newcomer of the year as a freshman, rushing for 1,272 yards, catching 26 passes for 365 yards and throwing for 319 yards. A first-team All-Centennial League pick, Thomas scored 19 touchdowns and threw for three TDs.
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