SFN recently interviewed with Lancers Head Coach Dustin Delaney
Sunflower Football News:
Can you tell the SFN readers what they can expect to see from the 2017 Lancers? Who will be making a name for themselves on the gridiron?
We have 2 All-State players in MLB Milton Braasch (SR) and C Justin Finnigan (SR) back who will lead us. Braasch will play more defense this year as we will use RB Griffin Fries (JR) quite a bit as well. Defense is pretty experienced while the offense will be young.
The Lancers finished with a tough loss to the BV Tigers and HC Eric Driskell ending the season. How much pride and care for your student-athletes do you see in their respect of their fellow opposition and the impact Eric Driskell had on them?
It was tough to a see a great man and coach like Eric die. Puts a lot of things in perspective.
SM East will host the Hawklets of Rockhurst at home (SM North) for the first time since the 1981 season. Do you expect to see the same crowd intensity as we did on the road at their place last year?
Yes, it will be a fun atmosphere and game. Its a shame our league's Principals voted to do away with our off week where we could play out of state competition. Especially since we will play 8 league games now in a 14 team league. There is no pride in winning a league title as you don't play everyone. There will end up being a tie for league title every year like there has been the last few. Going to this schedule makes leagues even more irrelevant.
How did your student-athletes adapt to the new post-season, and does the change look to be good or bad as the new format begins a second season?
There was really no change to the new post-season. Didn't affect us.
Thank you again to Head Coach Dustin Delaney and the Lancers of SM East.
For only the third time in 32 years the Blue Valley Tigers have hired a new Head Coach.
Prior to Steve Rampy's 25 years, and following in former Student-athlete/Head Coach Eric Driskell (7 seasons) totaling 32 seasons, the Tigers had five (5) different Head Coaches from 1970 to 1984. The Blue Valley Tigers are the Pittsburgh Steelers of Johnson County High School Football.
Head Coach Allen Terrill joined the Tigers staff after the 2011 season while serving as the Turner Golden Bears as lead man from 2006-2011. In that time, the Golden Bears were 31-28, with two playoff runs during the 2006 and 2008 seasons propelling them in to the 5A State Quarterfinals. Ironically during his first season in 2006, the Golden Bears lost to the Blue Valley Tigers ending their season at 6-5.
In 2017, the Tigers will open on the road at Bishop Miege, where the Tigers have dominated the Stags, going 7-3 in their last 10 games.
Look for the Tigers to continue to honor Eric Driskell's legacy throughout the 2017 season and school years ahead.
The BV Northwest Huskies of Overland Park, KS introduced Clint Rider (formerly of the Hesston Swathers) as their fourth Head Coach in the history of Huskies Football.
Previously the Huskies were led by Mike Zegunis for the last 12 seasons with a record of 55-61 from 2005 to 2016.
Coach Clint Rider comes to BV Northwest from Hesston, KS, where he led the Swathers (a farm machine) for those of us not familiar with large farm equipment.
Under Clint Riders leadership, the Swathers were 36-9 from 2012 to 2016. In that span of time, the Swathers competed in nine (9) playoff games, and finished 2nd in State in 2016 with a 10-4 record in the 2016. The Swathers fell 48-42 in OT to Rossville Bulldogs, KS in the 3A State Final.
For the Swathers entering their 2017 schedule of play (reverse of 2016) they are 17-5 against those opponents from 2013 to 2016 led by Clint Rider.
Best of luck to all of the BV Northwest Huskies come 2017!
Swathers under Clint Rider:
Years - Overall-Playoffs
2013 8-2 - 0-1
2014 10-1 - 1-1
2015 8-2 - 0-1
2016 10-4 - 4-1
Totals: 36-9, 5-4 in 3A Playoffs
Here is a quick look BV Northwest Huskies Football