Friday, June 10, 2016

Who can improve the most? Part One: Desperate Times

Shawnee Mission North

The Indians won't be able to lean on Will Schneider (pictured)
after this coming season. Photo by PV Post
2015-16 Record: 3-7

Key Players: QB Will Schneider (Sr.), RB Marcos Garcia (Sr.)

The Indians earned three wins for just the second time since the 04-05 season. The road to showing at least some form of competition against conference opponents hasn't been smooth and things won't be getting easier for the battered squad. Despite the lack of proven talent across the board, this may be the last big chance the Indians have to find success with veteran starter Will Schneider entering his final year at the helm.

After three years of Schneider sitting at the center of attention in the community, his efforts to carry the offense on his back have rewarded him with a paltry 5-24 record and two blowout losses in the playoffs at the hands of Olathe North (2014) and Lawrence (2015). An argument could be made that the Indians have improved each year since Schneider joined (0-9 in 2013, 2-8 in 2014, 3-7 in 2015), but the growth of each year has been stifled by the graduation of key players.

The receiving corp is the key group hit by graduation with the top five pass-catchers leaving. To make matters worse, those five are the only players to catch any touchdown passes at all last season. That means Schneider will have to work with virtually a clean slate. That could be a good or bad thing, but we won't know till this new group steps on the field after a summer in the starting lineup.

Shawnee Mission North isn't exactly a pick here because they can improve the most, but because they have to improve the most if they want their QB's high school career to be anything more than a small, disappointing footnote in league history. A player with as much talent as Schneider going without even a single winning season would be just painful to watch walk out with very little to show for it.

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