Brock West is having a huge year in his schools first ever year of 8-man football for the Maranatha Christian Academy Eagles after coming down from the 11-man ranks.
West, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound, junior, has had a record breaking year so far in just eight football games. He has 29 touchdown receptions this season tying an all-time Kansas 8-man record. He has 1,183 yards recieving this year as well. West has 2,322 yards on 129 receptions over the last two years with 45 touchdown receptions.
Quarterback Nate Burdette and West have been one of the top combos in 8M-I football for 2018. West is averaging 147.9 yards recieving per game. His 29 touchdown receptions tied the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Record of Kellye Irvin of McCracken‘s 29 touchdowns set back in 1979. Burdette has thrown for nearly 1,500 yards with 33 touchdowns this fall to only eight interceptions.
Maranatha is also experiencing a lot of team success as they are 6-2 entering the playoffs this week with their only losses coming to Madison (8-0) and Burlingame (7-1).
The Eagles, led by head coach Bryan Burdette, open up the 2018 8M-I playoffs at Solomon (7-1) this Thursday as they look for their first playoff win in school history in the 8-man ranks. It’s been quite the imrpovement for Maranatha as they had just six combined wins over the last four seasons in the 11-man ranks.
We caught up with the record breaking junior below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
Q&A w/ West
How did you get involved in football?
Started playing football in 4th grade.
What are your goals this season?
To contribute to the team and advance as far as we can together.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
Of course, if I thought any different I wouldn’t have my competitive edge.
What makes you such a force as a player?
I am thankful for my God-given talent of speed, strength, and love for the game.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
We are a small school, but the fans and the energy they bring is always a motivator.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
Big plays. We have a Quarterback who can throw the ball a mile, and I’m just blessed enough to be able to run and catch it.
Who are other key players on your team?
We are a collective unit...each player plays a pivotal role in what we do.
Favorite thing about football?
My teammates...the bond we make on the football field is like no other sport.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
I am a guard in basketball and a sprinter during track season. I really enjoy both of these sports, and I believe it is necessary to become a better athlete all around to compete in multiple different sports.
What is it like to play for your coach?
I love it, he is awesome! He is very encouraging and has a very strong passion for the game. He wants the best for every player on our team and truly cares for us as people.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
I know many of us do other sports and do very well in them. I try to be in the gym every morning during the summer when I am not competing in a sport. When I am in a sport, I devote myself to that sport and I do not let things get in the way of that.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
Bottom line, I want to play. I do not want to go big time and ride the bench for multiple years. So if I go to a smaller school to play, I would not mind having to do that.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
In the rare occasion I am not playing a sport, I like to rest and let my body recover completely. After I am recovered I will hang out with friends or shoot some hoops.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I like to keep things real and odds are football won’t have anything for me after college. I would love to say that I am going to the NFL and would be a threat in the league, but most likely I will be settled down with a wife and kids. I have no problem with that, because I am excited to be a father and live my life with someone for the rest of my life.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
My favorite subject, being in a Christian school, would be Bible. I enjoy learning more about my faith and strengthening it on a deeper level. I would say I am a pretty good student, I stay out of trouble. My GPA is currently 3.83.
Who is your role model?
My biggest role model right now would be my dad. He shows me how to act in certain situations and how to raise a family the right way.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
My personal favorite is Char-Bar. It is a restaurant in Westport about 30 minutes away. The barbecue there is very good, to say the least.
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
I am one of five kids and my oldest brother tetralogy of fallot, a congenital defect of the heart. I also have an older sister that died of SIDS after 7 1/2 weeks, I never had the chance to meet her.
Anything else to add?
I am just a truly blessed person with God-given talents that I am privileged enough to display by playing sports.