2014 Craw-Kan Southeast Kansas All-Area Football Team

Alex Barnes of Pittsburg and Taylor Watkins of Columbus (photos: David Jackson, Carolyn Eddington)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Dec 23, 2014

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Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.Com) has released the 2014 Craw-Kan "Your Community Technology Partner" Southeast Kansas All-Area Football Team. Players are made up from the CNC, SEK and TRL leagues in Kansas. Every week Sports in Kansas releases a "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" from the Southeast Kansas area. Visit Craw-Kan online here

All-Area Offense

QB- Philip Moses, Chetopa Sr.

RB- Alex Barnes, Pittsburg Sr.

RB-LaDarrius Johnson, Coffeyville, Sr.

RB- Jace McDown, Columbus Jr.

WR- Sherrick Rogers, Chetopa Jr.

WR- Derek Sharp, Chanute Sr.

TE- Austin Sievert, Pittsburg Sr.

TE- Ian Duncan, Colgan Sr.

OL-Sage Mahnken, Pittsburg Sr.

OL-Kyle Wilkins, Galena Sr.

OL-Kyle Loy, Frontenac Sr.

OL- Josh Jarvis, Pittsburg Sr.

OL- Kendal Hale, Columbus Sr.

Util- Gabe Helton, Galena Sr.

K- Brody Southwell, Fort Scott Jr.

All-Area Defense

DL- Drake Markley, Pittsburg Sr.

DL- Nathan Hemby, Frontenac Sr.

DL- Evan Speicher, Independence Sr.

DL- Chuck Mayfield, Coffeyville Sr.

DE-Garrett Brittain, Columbus Sr.

LB- Ryan Rakestraw, Southeast-Cherokee Sr.

LB-Nick Wintjen, Coffeyville Sr.

LB- Taylor Watkins, Columbus Sr.

LB- Derrick Cassell, Chetopa Sr.  

LB- Will Mengarelli, Pittsburg Jr.

DB- John Barrows, Frontenac Sr.

DB- Alex Fink, Fort Scott Sr.

DB- Zack Roark, Columbus Jr.

DB-Elijah Harris, Pittsburg Soph.

P- Austin Seward, Frontenac Sr.

KR/PR- Landon North, Riverton Sr.

Coach of the Year

Phil Hobbs, Northeast-Arma

Hobbs led the Vikings to their first playoff appearance in 12 years and first winning season in 14 years as the Vikings went 6-4 in 2014. With a committed effort in the offseason, Hobbs has turned around the Northeast program, which has seen only three playoff appearances in the history of its program (1982, 2002, 2014). 

Offensive Player of the Year

Alex Barnes, Pittsburg Sr. RB

Barnes, a Kansas State signee, rushed for 2,361 yards and 36 touchdowns to lead the Purple Dragons into the state playoffs for the first time in seven years. Barnes was also named the 5A player of the year from Sports in Kansas. He will go down as one of the best players of all-time in the history of the Southeast Kansas area. 

Defensive Player of the Year

Taylor Watkins, Columbus Sr. LB

Watkins helped lead Columbus to its first ever state championship appearance (4A-II) in football in 2014. The senior all-state linebacker racked up 140 tackles on defense over his senior season. Shouldn't be a surprise with Watkins efforts on the football field this fall as he doubles as a state wrestling champion. 

Honorable Mention

Kenon Richards - Chanute, Jodie Murphy – Chanute, Ethan Van Anne – Chanute, Ryan McNeely – Pittsburg, Chase Brown – Fort Scott, Drew Mills - Northeast-Arma, Antonio Slingluff - Northeast Arma,  Kyle Rinck – Independence, John Reed – Uniontown, Nate Bole – Columbus, Jovohn Morrill – Columbus, Dominic Parrish – Columbus, Keaton Bolinger – Frontenac, Bryce Barto – Frontenac, Tyler Nystrom – Frontenac, Sawyer Esch – Colgan,  Ryan Menghini – Frontenac, Logan Edwards – Riverton, Nate Brown – Colgan, Austin Commons – Colgan, Orion Battaglia – Colgan, Kord Curran – Girard, Juan Ortiz – Girard, Caleb Biancarelli – Southeast, Riley Ulery – Southeast, Colton Charlton – Southeast, Gavin Forbes – Riverton, Dalton Weaver – Riverton, Grant Cason – Colgan, Mason Knopp – Fort Scott, Marquise Johnson – Independence, Gus Walker – Chanute, Alex Son – Chanute, Destin Downing – Coffeyville, Dante Richardson – Pittsburg, Dante Menghini – Pittsburg, Jacob Fleming – Colgan, Josh Book – Frontenac, Kross Hamblin – Girard, Cody Rowe- Baxter Springs, Logan Johnson – Galena, Phillip Underwood – Southeast, Zach Franklin – Girard, Kainon Roberts – Galena, Hunter Wilson – Galena, Zac Sampo – Frontenac, Parker Grant – Labette County, Missy Dantic – Labette County, Keagan Willard – Northeast Arma, William Lackamp – Pittsburg, Austin Cook – Fort Scott, Demarco Shoat – Coffeyville, Lane Embry – Fort Scott, Jaden Patterson – Pittsburg, Isaac McPherson – Parsons, Adrian Scroggins – Pittsburg, Trevor Kent – Pittsburg, Brendyn Quinney – Fort Scott, Grant Newton – Coffeyville, Marquise Johnson – Indpendence, Christian Dalton – Pittsburg, Josh Hudiburg – Fort Scott, Kameron Wilson –Coffeyville, Jacob Cross – Fort Scott, Carter Young – Fort Scott, Jordan Mead – Independence, Keenan Dodd – Parsons, Spencer Turnbull – Pittsburg, Brando Mlekus – Frontenac, Zack Stewart – Labette County, Nick Woods – Fort Scott, Drew Dwyer – Labette County, Troy Howard – Northeast Arma, Antonio Slingluff -  Northeast Arma, Ryan Cedeno – Colgan, Andrew Stewart – Colgan, Dennis Hensely – Northeast Arma, Trent Johnson – Marmaton Valley, Alex McCracken – St. Paul, Tyler Johns – Uniontown, Cole Schafer – Uniontown, Leytn Carter – Chetopa,  Preston Jacquinot – St. Paul, Chisom Cloud – Chetopa, Dylan Gainer – Chetopa, Zach Schwalm – Uniontown, Cole Swanick – Chetopa, Trenton Scott – Chetopa, Alex Carter – Chetopa, Jacob Duffey – Uniontown, Jonathan Walker – Oswego, Ethan Carter – Oswego.

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Sports in Kansas handles the entire selection process. For name correction: chetkuplen@kansas-sports.com