Meade QB/Safety, Chris Hardaway (6’0 174 Sr.), helped guide the Buffaloes to the 2012 2-1A State Championship over Centralia (28-25) this past fall.
As a dual threat QB Hardaway accumulated 2,394 total yards in 2012. He passed for 1,178 yards and 19TDs, while only throwing 3 INTs. He also rushed for 1,157 yards and 16 TDs. Hardaway brought home 2-1A all-state honors at either QB or DB from every publication in the state.
The class of 2013 product is also an accomplished basketball player (Meade is currently # 1 in 2A) and looking to be a four-time state qualifier in track and field this spring. As a long jumper he took fourth place in Class 2A at the 2012 state outdoor meet. Hardaway also won a state football title as a sophomore at Meade (2010).
How did you get involved in athletics?
I have been playing sports for as long as I can remember. I grew up looking up to my grandpa in athletics as he played football and basketball at Southwestern College for a year before going to the Military. Also my older brother, I would play sports with my brother and all of his friends. I looked up to them and wanted to become as good as they were.
Talk about the teammates, coaches, and supporters of the Meade community and what it means for you to play sports there?
Playing for Meade there’s a lot of pressure from the community because you are expect to do good every year. Though my teammates here in Meade may be a lot different than other towns. We may not hangout a lot or anything but then when it comes to football there’s an inseparable bond between us. My coaches here are incredible. I have two of the best role models in my coaches Scott Moshier and Justin Powell. The fans we have are amazing, I can’t go out into town without someone asking something about athletics or wishing us luck. Being part of a team where you are genuinely cared about by the staff and community gives you a since of warmth.
Being an all-state athlete, what does the future look like for you? Any offers, interest, Schools?
I look to go on and try my best to fulfill my dreams of playing college football. I have got interest from a lot of KCAC schools and a few JUCO’s. I plan on making my college decision this coming week.
I am more of the laid back quieter type of player, until it’s needed to step up, then I do and I am a very good vocal leader. I’m the kind of guy that wants to make something out of nothing, and having a more run heavy offense, I had to take my chances down field to show off my arm the few chances I got to throw. As a captain of the team, I had many times that I had to make sure everyone was on the same page, and I feel being vocal helped our team stay as one.
You have won two state titles at Meade in football (2010 & 2012); talk about that and what one meant the most?
They both meant a lot to me, but I would have to say this past one was more special. In 2010 I started only on the defensive side of the ball, so I still find it meant a lot. Winning it my senior year, while being a captain, a defensive starter, the QB with the pressure being on me to succeed and following through meant a lot. Just being able to leave my mark in high school with something that not many people get to do. It meant most to me as I dedicated every game to my grandfather as he passed away midway through this past year and I looked up to tremendously.
Tell us some of your goals for your senior sports season?
I have already completed one of my goals in winning another state championship in football, and becoming an all-state selection. Other goals I have are for my other sports teams to win state also. We finished second in both basketball and track last year, with many returning on this year’s squads.
What serves as motivation to you and who do you look up to?
I look for motivation in playing for more of a purpose than just myself; I went into every game to play for my teammates, coaches, my grandfather, and most importantly God. I strived to become the best player that I could possibly be all season long. I look up to my two coaches Scott Moshier, and Justin Powell in more than just sports, but also in how they live their lives outside of sports being great role models. My hero is who I look up to the most, my grandfather. My grandpa passed away in early October of 2012. He had not missed one basketball, football or track event since I started in 3rd grade and always had something encouraging to say after each game. He was the most supportive and the biggest believer in me than anyone else.
Who is your rival and who are some of the teams you think will be solid this year in the league and your area?
We really didn’t have a “rival” in football, the closest thing we have is just a little tension between Stanton Co. Next year in the league I think that Cimarron may be pretty solid, but Meade will still have a great group of athletes.
What does the off-season training look like for you in the summer or do you just go from sport to sport ?
There’s really no off-season for me, right after one sport finishes another starts, but I find ways to get better by using my weights class in my advantage.
For people who aren’t familiar, Where is Meade, and what is it like to grow up and live there?
Meade is a smaller town in Southwest, Kansas about 45 miles South of Dodge City. There are just over 1,700 people in Meade. It is a small town, so there’s not much to do, but having more room to do things we make the most of it. Living in Meade is great though, because everybody knows you and are always supportive of any accomplishments you do.
My favorites would probably be @sportsinkansas or @Kstatesports
What’s life like outside of sports for you?
I’m like the average teenager I love to eat, sleep, and eat some more. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends, hunting, fishing, just going around and shooting things in the country.
Tell us something that we should all know about you?
I am more of the laid back guy that just goes by everyday casually. I will work as hard as I can to do what I want and become successful. I am one of the most dedicated people to sports that you will meet.
Stats on Hardaway:
2012 Football season – 2,394 total yards. Passing 1,178 19TDs/3 INT. Rushing 1,157 16 TDs.
Career Stats- Passing 1,943 Rushing 2,348. 67 Tot. TDs
2013 Basketball- 8 PPG, 6 APG, 6 RPG, 3 SPG
Football: 2012 Dodge City Globe All-Area team,Two-time State Football Champion (2010 & 20012), 2012 All-State 1st team DB- Kansas-Sports.Com, Topeka Journal and Wichita Eagle, Kpreps 1st team All-State QB & 2012-2-1A Kpreps Offensive Player of the Year.
Track: Three-time State track qualifier. 2012 2A 4th place Long jump, 2012 sixth place 4X100 realay, Team-2012 2A state runner-up
Basketball: 2012 2A state basketball runner-up
-Hardaway threw two touchdown passes in the final three minutes of the state title game to engineer a come from behind victory over Centralia (28-25).
- The last four football titles in 2-1A have been won by either Meade (2010,2012) or Centralia (2009,2011).
-Meade ended the 22 game winning streak of Centralia in the 2012 2-1A state title game.
-Meade featured five 2-1A all-state selections from Kansas-Sports.Com in 2012 (RB-Trevin Weins, OL-Cooper Clawson, DE-Randy Friesen, DB-Chris Hardaway, Utility-Jett Little). Trevin Weins of Meade made the Kansas-Sports.Com All-Classifications team as a utility player on Defense and was the 2-1A Offensive Player of the Year at RB. - click here to view the entire All-State Team
-Meade basketball is currently 12-0 and ranked # 1 in Class 2A click here for KBCA rankings