Travis Theis & Dylan Downing take home All-Classes POY

Travis Theis of Pratt and Dylan Downing of Miege take home top honors. (Kenny Daniels, Bill Rea)
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Dec 2, 2018

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2018 Sports in Kansas All-Classes Offensive Player of the Year

Travis Theis, Pratt, Sr., RB/QB

Theis completed one of the most prolific careers in recent state history with three seasons of more than 1,600 rushing yards. He played some quarterback as a freshman after an injury to Landen Studer and then was running back the last two seasons. This year, after Studer graduated, Theis moved back to quarterback and again had the bulk of the carries.

He recorded 230 rushes for 2,608 yards and 43 rushing touchdowns. Theis also completed 36 of 72 passes for 985 yards with an 11/1 TD/INT ratio. Pratt finished 12-1 and lost in overtime on a two-point conversion to Sabetha in the championship game. He also did all this on a torn MCL, unknowingly, in the final two games of the season. He removed the brace in the second half against Sabetha because it was limiting him in the first half. 

The Greenbacks won the Class 4A, Division II title Theis’ sophomore year. In his career, he passed for 1,485 yards with a 16/7 TD/INT ratio. He rushed 841 times for 6,744 yards and 101 scores. Theis has career highs for tackles (91), TFLs (nine) and interceptions (two) this fall. Theis’ recruiting has picked up since the season ended, including an offer from Washburn. Theis has 4.4 speed and is pound for pound one of the strongest players in all classifications of Kansas. 

Pratt High School and the Pratt football team would like to congratulate Travis Theis on the 2018 Sports in Kansas Player of the Year honors. Congrats on an outstanding high school football career!

2018 Sports in Kansas All-Classes Defensive Player of the Year

Dylan Downing, Bishop Miege, Sr., LB

The 6-2, 229-pound Downing helped Miege overcome two rare losses and roll through the 4A playoffs for its fifth straight state championship. Downing is Top 11 for all classes for the second straight season. He finished with 131 tackles with 13 TFLs and three sacks. He finished his career with 403 career tackles. He is also one of the top punters in the state of Knasas. In the five title years, Miege has allowed 12.8, 16.1, 11.0, 11.2 and 15.9 points per contest. The Stags have lost just four games in five years. Dylan’s older brother plays for Missouri football.