2017 Sports in Kansas Football POY Finalists Announced

Graham Mertz led Blue Valley North to 6A state title.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Nov 29, 2017

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We have narrowed down finalists for our 2017 Sports in Kansas Player of the Year honorees which will be released along with our Top 100 Seniors and All Non-Senior lists on Sunday. Congrats to the following on being nominated and a finalist for the awards that will be announced Sunday, December 3rd.

All of the below listed alphabetically, not ranked

All-Classifications Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Breece Hall, Wichita Northwest (6A) Jr. RB

Braden Howell, Bishop Carroll (5A), Sr. QB

Brody Kooser, Derby (6A), Sr. RB

Graham Mertz, BV North (6A), Jr. QB

Carter Putz, Miege (4A-I), Sr. QB

Ivan Webb, Schlagle (5A), Sr. RB

All-Classifications Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Nick Allen, BV Southwest (5A), Sr. LB

Josh Carter, Wichita Northwest (6A), Jr. LB

DeMarcus Elliott, Garden City (6A), Sr. DL

Dylan Downing, Bishop Miege (4A-I), Jr. LB

Dalton Kuhn, Smith Center (2-1A), Sr. DE

Wyatt Seidl, McPherson (4A-I), Sr. DE

All-Classifications Non-Senior Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Jax Dineen, Free State (6A), Jr. RB

Breece Hall, Wichita Northwest (6A), Jr. RB

Daniel Jackson, Bishop Miege (4A-I), Soph. WR

Graham Mertz, BV North (6A), Jr. QB

Ky Thomas, Topeka (6A), Soph. RB

All-Classifications Non-Senior Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Josh Carter, Wichita Northwest (6A), Jr. LB

Dylan Downing, Bishop Miege (4A-I), Jr. LB

Javier Derritt, Aquinas (4A-I), Jr. DL

Marcus Hicks, Wichita Northwest (6A), Jr.. DL

Alex Totta, Blue Valley (6A), Jr LB

6A Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Breece Hall, Wichita Northwest, Jr. RB

Brody Kooser, Derby, Sr. RB

Graham Mertz, BV North Jr. QB

6A Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Demarcus Elliott, Garden City, Sr. DT

Miles Emery, Blue Valley North, Sr. DE

Josh Carter, Wichita Northwest, Jr. LB

5A Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Braden Howell, Bishop Carroll, Sr. QB

Blake Sullivan, Goddard, Sr. QB

Ivan Webb, KC Schlagle, Sr. RB

5A Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Jace Amaro, Goddard, Sr. LB

Nick Allen, BV Southwest, Sr. LB

Javier Derritt, Aquinas, Jr. DL

Riggs Robben, Bishop Carroll, Sr. LB

4A-I Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Zarek Fewell, Fort Scott, Sr. RB

Marshall Kellner, DeSoto, Sr. OL

Carter Putz, Bishop Miege, Sr. QB

4A-I Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Dylan Downing, Miege, Jr. LB

Lee Roi Johnson, Tonganoxie, Sr. DL

Wyatt Seidl, McPherson, Sr.  DE

Zach Titus, DeSoto, Sr. DL

4A-II Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Trey Gilbert, Holcomb, Sr. QB

DeShawn Hanika, Hayden, Sr. WR

Conner Jeffers, Burlington, Sr. QB

4A-II Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Broc Ginavan, Frontenac, Sr. DE

Peyton Lane, Clay Center, Sr. DB

Brent Peavler, Hayden, Sr. LB

3A Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Jack Blumer, Marysville, Sr. QB

Kirk Coomes, Phillipsburg. Sr. RB

Trenton Jones, Conway Springs, Sr. RB

Parker Roth, Hesston, Jr. RB

Gabe Pieschl, Marysville, Sr. WR

3A Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Josh Boyd, Silver Lake, Sr. LB

John Gower, Phillipsburg, Sr. LB

Mitchell Henry, Nemaha Central, Sr. DB

Matthew Lange, Conway Springs, Sr. DE

Elliott Strahm, Sabetha, Jr. DL

2-1A Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Brayden Francis, Sedgwick, Sr. WR

Jesse Staples, Smith Center, Sr.. RB

Dexton Swinehart, Lyndon, Sr. ATH

Lane Whisennand, Elkhart, Jr. QB

2-1A Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Neal Bever, Sedgwick, Sr. DB

Jeremiah Buche, Colgan, Sr. DB

Hayden Gillum, Plainville, Sr. ATH

Dalton Kuhn, Smith Center, Sr. DE

8M-I Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Cade Miller, West Elk, Sr. QB

Latham Schwarz, Hoxie, Sr. RB

David Thompson, Logan Palco, Sr. RB

8M-I Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Anthony Albertini, St. Paul, Sr. DL

Roxton Brown, Osborne, Sr. LB

Tristan Lee, Burlingame, Sr. DL

8M-II Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Zane Colson, Rock Hills, Jr. RB

Caden Kinderknecht, Northern Valley, Sr. QB

Jacob Salmans, Hodgeman Co., Sr. QB

8M-II Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Treyton Coats, Hodgeman County, Sr. LB

Carlos Emmanuel, Hanover, Sr. DL

Cole Strickler, Pike Valley, Sr. LB