FIVE STATE PLAYERS TO WATCH: CLASS 4A DIVISION I
DALTON BROWN, BUHLER
5-10, 170, SENIOR, RB
Carrying on the tradition of standout Buhler running backs, Brown took his first crack at being the Crusaders’ feature back and ran with it. And boy did he run, logging 279 carries and finishing with 1,967 yards and 26 touchdowns, the fourth-highest single-season mark in Buhler history. Buhler rode Brown all the way to the Class 4A Division I state championship game and will lean heavily on the strong and speedy back again this year.
ANDREW CALLAHAN, FORT SCOTT
6-2, 270, SENIOR, OT/DT
Fort Scott has produced its share of standout linemen and Callahan ranks among the best in the eyes of longtime Tiger coach Bob Campbell. His combination of size, quickness and athleticism make him a dominant player on both lines and he was a two-way first-team All-Southeast Kansas League pick and first-team All-Class 4A Division I selection, making 61 tackles and 11 tackles for loss defensively.
JAYDEN PRICE, MULVANE
6-1, 180, SENIOR, QB
Mulvane has had its share of productive quarterbacks, but none have been better than Price. In two seasons as a starter, he’s racked up 5,597 yards of total offense and accounted for 69 touchdowns. A first-team All-Class 4A Division I pick and AVCTL Division III offensive MVP last year after throwing for 1,551 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushing for 1,640 yards and 23 scores, Price’s dynamic ability and tremendous speed give him a lot of upside and he’s committed to FCS powerhouse North Dakota State.
CARTER PUTZ, MIEGE
5-11, 190, SENIOR, QB
Following in the footsteps of former Miege-turned-Kansas quarterbacks Montell Cozart and Ryan Willis, Putz has merely outperformed both at the high school level. By the time he’s done, he very well could hold the state record for career passing yards, needing just 2,410 to break the current mark. While that might seem like a lot, consider Putz has thrown for 6,451 in his two years as a starter with 3,264 of it coming a year ago when he set a single-season record with 50 touchdown tosses. With 86 touchdown passes in his career, he needs just seven to break the career record as well before he embarks on a college baseball career at Notre Dame.
ZACH TITUS, DESOTO
6-4, 285, SENIOR, DT/TE
With a combination of size and athleticism, Titus is a tough match-up for any opposing offense and helped DeSoto turn its program around and earn a share of the Frontier League title a year ago in a 7-3 season. Titus was in on 52 tackles a year ago and had 10 tackles for loss on his way to first-team all-league honors. He’ll also play a little bit of tight end for the Wildcats this year, giving them both a big target and powerful blocker on the perimeter.