Chapman senior Dalton Harvey is having a breakout year in Class 3A for the undefeated Irish (5-0) after the first five weeks of the season.
The 6-foot-0, 200-pound, senior, fullback and linebacker, has rushed for 758 yards and on 118 carries with nine touchdowns so far in 2018. He is averaging over six yards per carry. He also has four two-point conversions. Harvey also had a breakout year last year despite the team not having a lot of success, he still managed around 800 yards rushing.
He is also really shining on the defensive side of the football where he has tallied 36 stops with 5.5 sacks through five games.
It’s been quite the turnaround for Chapman and second year head coach Kurt Webster. Last season the Irish went 1-8 and now are a highlighted team people around the state are starting to talk about in 3A.
Chapman has only allowed 26 points in the NCKL this year, 18 of those coming to last years 3A runner-up Marysville, who the Irish beat 34-18 in week one. Not bad for a game they lost 38-20 last season. The Irish didn’t win a league game last year and now have a 4-0 NCKL record.
It’s no secret that the success has been the running game for Chapman and Harvey in 2018. Standout athlete Izek Jackson has also had 478 yards in three games this season, he’s missed two contest with a leg injury, but he’s expected to be back to 100% this week. Chapman is averaging 346 yards of rushing per game and wins the time of possession battle by chipping away for 7.5 yards per carry on offense. With Jackson and Harvey going it could be one of the most dangerous backfields in 3A Kansas. Chapman has only thrown 12 passes all year, completing four of those, one which went for a touchdown.
The Irish will get their biggest test of the season this week in a huge district matchup against Smoky Valley this Friday in Lindsborg. The Vikings are also 5-0 and feature one of the states fastest players in Tim Lambert.
We caught up with the outstanding senior two-way player below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
Q&A w/ Harvey
How did you get involved in football?
I started in the 5th grade and it’s something that I connected with and understood instantly.
What are your goals this season?
My goals this season is to get 1,000 plus rushing yards and 10 TFl.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
I think we have a great shot if we can keep everyone healthy and don’t let up.
What makes you such a force as a player?
Running hard and being a forceful tackler.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
It’s great. Everyone from the community and our school give us so much support and love.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
We play real physical football and put our hand in the dirt and come right at our opponents.
Who are other key players on your team?
Izek Jackson, Kobey Stroud, Kel Stroud, Blake Vercher, Brandon Colston, Zach Ferris.
Favorite thing about football?
It has helped shape me into the person I am today, and you can hit as hard as you can without getting in trouble.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
What is it like to play for your coach?
It’s fun but can be hard because he holds us to very high standards.
What did you do this summer to become better?
We get up early and went to weights and attended camps.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I’m open to anything but I would like to play at the next level.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
Hanging out with friends and playing fortnite.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Being financially stable and being able to support my family.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you?
Hands on learner.
Who is your role model?
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
I’m an animal lover