The Rainbow Communications Northeast Kansas Athlete(s) of the Month are Sabetha senior football players Cauy Rokey and Elliott Strahm.
Sabetha captured its second straight Class 3A state title. Last year, Sabetha went 13-1, and Strahm collected 3A Defensive Player of the Year honors as the Bluejays allowed just 9.7 points per contest, second-best in the classification. This year, Sabetha finished 13-0 and allowed just 10.3 points per contest against the No. 2 strength of schedule, according to Prep Power Index. Strahm and senior linebacker Cauy Rokey – also No. 1 ranked wrestlers- share the DPOY honor this fall from Sports in Kansas. Strahm was also named to the Kansas Shrine Bowl last Saturday to represent the East squad.
The 6-2, 270-pound Strahm, a four-year starter on the line, had 43 tackles and three sacks and continued to clog holes up front. Rokey (6-2, 220) led Sabetha with 119 tackles, seven more than junior Gabe Garber. No other player had more than 71. In the last four years, Sabetha finished 42-8 and allowed just 12.4 points per contest. In the three previous falls before 2015, Sabetha was 17-15 with 19.4 points allowed a game. Rokey is also coming off a knee injury from wrestling last year and had one of the best years by any linebackers in the state. Strahm is also the defending 285-pound state wrestling champion in 3-2-1A.
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