Faces in KS: Dagen Goodner

Dagen Goodner of Humboldt has 265 career tackles. (photo: Mike Myer)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Aug 15, 2018

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Humboldt senior Dagen Goodner is one of the top returning small school multiple sport athletes in the state of Kansas for 2018.

Goodner, who is 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, has been a two-time all-league selection at linebacker for the Cubs after registering over 100 tackles in each of his last two seasons as a junior and sophomore. He has 265 tackles in his career with his entire senior season remaining. He also handles kickoff duties for his team and will be a four-year starter entering the fall. Goodner will also make the move to quarterback this year.

Dagner is also a first team 3A all-state selection in baseball last fall and one of the best small school players returning in 2019. He hit .548 as a junior center fielder last spring with 34 hits in 20 games played. He drove in 33 runs. He was also 2-1 on the mound as a pitcher.

Goodner also gets it done in the classroom and weight room. Dagner is a model student with a 3.86 GPA at Humboldt. Something that also adds value to him on the field is his strength. He benches 285, squats 435 and cleans 265. He also has a 40 in the 4.7-4.8 handheld range.

Humboldt, led by head football coach Logan Wyrick, plays in the new class 2A in 2018, and has one of the best football fields in the state at any level. Not only is the football field one of the best in the state with field turf and a solid press box, they also feature field turf on softball and baseball, not typical for a 3A/2A high school in Kansas. We did a tour on all of our social media networks earlier this summer, it's simply incredible! 

Humboldt was 7-3 last season and returns eight starters on offense and seven starters on defense. They should be the favorite in a six team 2A district that features Northeast-Arma, Southeast, Erie, Jayhawk-Linn and Riverton. Four teams of the six will advance to the playoffs in week nine of the season. We caught up with the 2A all-state linebacker candidate below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.

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This feature is presented by Johnson Law Office in Iola. Proud to support Dagen Goodner and the Humboldt Cubs!

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Q&A w/ Goodner

How did you get involved in football?

I started playing football in the second grade and have loved it ever since.

What are your goals this season?

I have a few personal goals but the main goal this season is to make a good run in the playoffs.

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?

Absolutely, as long as we keep working hard and stay focused throughout the season we should have a good shot.

What makes you such a force as a player?

My knowledge of the game and my drive and competitiveness for the sport.

What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?

It’s amazing, nothing beats going out and playing in front of your hometown crowd.

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?

To enjoy the great atmosphere and see what the Cubs are all about.

Who are other key players on your team?

Our team consist of a great group of seniors as well as some talented underclassmen that play key roles for the team.

Favorite thing about football?

The atmosphere of the game and the brotherhood you build with your teammates.

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that?

I play baseball and wrestle. Just like football I started at a young age and enjoy them a lot.

What is it like to play for your coach?

I really enjoy playing for coach Wyrick. He not only pushes you to be a better football player; he also pushes you to be a better person as well.

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better and plans to get better this summer?

We put in a lot of work this offseason excelling and getting stronger in the weight room. We also had a great team camp to get us ready for the upcoming year.

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

I plan on playing football at the next level while pursuing a degree in sports medicine.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

Hanging out with my friends and spending time in the outdoors.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully working in sports medicine while starting a family.

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

My favorite subject would have to science and I keep around a 3.86 GPA.

Who is your role model?

My dad.

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

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