The Labette Bank Athlete of the Month chosen by Sports in Kansas for the month of September is Columbus High School senior running back and linebacker, Jace McDown.
McDown, an all-state selection last season as he helped the Titans to a second place finish in 4A-II, has been one of the most impressive players in Kansas this season after five weeks of the season. McDown has exploded for 1,088 yards and 17 touchdowns for Columbus (5-0, 4-0 CNC). He is averaging 14.7 yards per carry.
Not only is McDown been one of the states best on offense, he is also an elite defender. In limited time due to blowouts, he has racked up 33 tackles from his linebacker position.
"We have played pretty well this season. Very unselfishly. Everyone has the ability to step up. The offensive line is key for us that's where everything starts." McDown said.
Columbus is averaging 385.4 rushing yards per game and 159 passing yards per game in 2015. The defense has 11 sacks and four INTs as a unit after five weeks.
Columbus, the number one ranked team in the state in 4A-II, will take on St. Mary's Colgan (4-1, 3-1 CNC) this Thursday night in Pittsburg with first place in the CNC on the line.
Sports in Kansas: Kansas-Sports.Com (@sportsinkansas) and Labette Bank are in partnership to release an athlete of the month from the Southeast Kansas area once a month over the 2015-2016 school year. The athlete will be released and selected by @sportsinkansas with a feature on Kansas-Sports.Com. Nominations of athletes will be accepted during the last seven days of each month.
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Labette Bank Athlete of the Month Nomination Criteria
-Athlete (girl or boy) must play in the CNC, Pioneer, SEK, or TRL Leagues in Kansas.
-Selection will be based on the play of that athlete over the period of that month. All stats and info must be provided.
-All nominations are accepted with selection process being handled and finalized only by @sportsinkansas. Coaches are encouraged to nominate their own athletes or athletes from opposing schools.
-Nominations MUST be emailed. Please email email@example.com during the last seven days of the month to nominate your athlete!