Senior running back Jordan Raby has seemed to be around forever for the St. Francis High School football program. That’s probably because he was an impact player as a sophomore on their state runner-up team in 2016.
Raby, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound, senior, is now one of the best in 8-man in 2018 for a program that opened the eyes of a lot of people last week after knocking off defending 8M-I state champion Hoxie, 64-30. Sainty was also the only team to knock off Hoxie last year, 16-8, who went on to win the 8M-I title. But this year it was done in a dominating fashion.
Raby has been huge so far with 800 yards on 95 carries with 11 rushing touchdowns. Raby has 13 total touchdowns on the year in five games and is averaging over eight yards per carry.
He has twice been an all-league selection at running back and corner for his team and is an all-state candidate for this season. Raby also played linebacker as a sophomore. He also features nice speed and is part of state champion relays in two different years at St. Francis in the 4x100 and 4x400. Both relays he was on also own the school record. Raby also took second last year in the 2A 400 meters and third in the 1A 400 meters as a sophomore. Raby’s speed has been a difference maker for the Indians on both sides of the football.
Raby is also an exceptional student that works hard in the classroom to maintain his 3.5 GPA. His favorite subject is history. He is undecided on what he is going to do at the next level but has seen interest in both track and football.
This season St. Francis, under first year head coach Nick Fawcett, has switched back to the single-wing and it has proved to be beneficial for Raby and junior quarterback Brady Dinkel who has started since his freshman year. St. Francis has only lost three combined games over the last three years and four while the two have been in high school.
“We play fun, old-school, smash-mouth football. The atmosphere in Saint Francis is a great tradition. It is always a jacked up and fun environment.” Raby said.
St. Francis (5-0), who returned just two starters on offense and three on defense from 2017, is primed to be a team to make a deep run after a 7-2 season last year in which they lost to Spearville, 42-20. Sainty will be back in action this Friday against Wichita County on the road in Leoti. Wichita County is 4-1 on the year and has been a surprise team in Western Kansas for 2018.
“If we keep playing as a team like we have been, we have a good shot to win it all.” Raby said.
We caught up with the senior Raby below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
This feature is presented by Vase of Grace, Flowers and Arrangements, wishing the St. Francis Indians and Jordan Raby best of luck this season.
Jared, Candi, and Olivia Douthit, Farms, is proud to support Jordan Raby and the Saint Francis Indians. Best of luck in 2018!
How did you get involved in football?
Just watching it with my family. Ever since I can remember, I have always loved playing football.
What are your goals this season?
My goals for the season are to get closer with my team and become a better team leader and win a state title.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
I know that if we keep playing as a team like we have been, we have a good shot to win it all.
What makes you such a force as a player?
I think I am a force by being one of the fastest guys on the field most of the time.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
The atmosphere in Saint Francis is a great tradition. It is always a jacked up and a fun environment.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
People should come watch us because we play fun, old-school, smash-mouth football.
Who are other key players on your team?
Brady Dinkel at quarterback is great player. Starting since his sophomore year, he has a great arm and can make a lot of different types of throws. Cody and his brother Jesse Baxter are also very talented. I love running behind their blocks. I can always count on there being a hole.
Favorite thing about football?
My favorite thing about football is memories made every friday night with my best friends.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
I also do track. I run the 100, 400, 4x1, and 4x4.
What is it like to play for your coach?
To play for Coach Fawcett is a lot of fun. He has turned around our program for the better. From summer weights to practices, we always work hard, but still have fun doing it.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
This off-season, we lifted every morning. We had a team football camp and played 5on5.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I am seeing a lot of track interests and a few football. I am undecided what I will be doing.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
When I'm not playing sports, I like to hang out with my friends.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I see myself somewhere near Saint Francis living the dream.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
My favorite subject in school is History. I am a hard working student and currently have a 3.5 GPA.
Who is your role model?
My role model is Barry Sanders because he was a Kansas kid and showed it. He is the best running back to ever play and tossed the ball to the ref after every touchdown he scored.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
The best place to eat in town is a burger place called Diamond R
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
I always wanted to play quarterback but I can run a lot better than I throw.