The St. Mary's Colgan Panthers have earned, Craw-Kan "Your Community Technology Partner" Team of the Week honors as Shawn Seematter picked up his first home victory on Thursday night at Hutchinson Field against the Panthers’ long-time rival Frontenac, 20-0. It marked the first time in 37 years that Colgan got a win from another head coach at home, after Kansas coaching legend Chuck Smith, who had 343 wins at SMC, announced his retirement last December.
Colgan has used a run-first mentality to control the clock and have kept opponents out of the end zone as a recipe for success in their 2-1 start with two victories over two 4A-II opponents (Baxter Springs, Frontenac). The Panthers only loss came to Galena 16-0 in week one when they lost their all-state linebacker and quarterback Bryce Hutchins on the sixth play of the game.
Junior Cade Simmons has stepped up nicely to fill the role of quarterback for the Panthers, as he was a part of all three scores in the 20-0 win over Frontenac. When we talked about clock conrol and limiting opponents plays we meant it. The Panthers ran 60 offensive plays on Thursday to Frontenac’s 32 plays. The Panthers are getting it done from all grades in their school this season as the offense starts six seniors, four juniors and a freshman, while the defense starts one sophomore, five juniors and five seniors.
Seematter, who was known for his stout defenses as the defensive coordinator at Halstead, has transitioned nicely with his style into the CNC league in his first three games. Another interesting note pointed out by Colgan play-by-play voice, Trent Kling of ESPN 100.7, is the Panther opponents have started 24 drives inside their own 50 yard line this season and have only been able to score on two of those drives.
The Panthers will be back in action this week with a heavy task at hand as they face the undefeated Columbus Titans, one of the top teams in 4A-II and the CNC. The game is at Hutchinson Field in Pittsburg on Friday.
Craw-Kan “Your Technology Partner" and Sports in Kansas will once again be in partnership over the 2017-2018 school year to release a "Craw-Kan Team of the Week".
"I am looking forward to this partnership again for another year with Craw-Kan and highlighting teams from the SEK area to not only a local platform but also giving them statewide reach on our network, it's became quite the popular feature over the last three or four years," said Sports in Kansas Managing Partner, Chet Kuplen. "Not only does this help athletes and teams to be promoted for their achievements, it also lets the area know what all the new products that Craw-Kan has to offer, including new gigabit fiber now in the the area. Also that Craw-Kan is now in Frontenac and Pittsburg”
"Craw-Kan offers all your technology needs in the area from internet to web design and cell phones to security systems." said Craw-Kan Marketing Manager, Zach Adams. "We have a lot of new products including the fastest internet in the area in the new gigabit fiber, we are also in Frontenac and Pittsburg with our service. We are very excited with all the new products we have to offer to the area."
Nominations will be accepted from every Friday-Sunday, with the "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" being released every Monday on Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.com). Teams must be nominated via email or twitter.
Teams must be from the following leagues in the Southeast Kansas area to be eligible: SEK, CNC, TRL
Craw-Kan and Sports in Kansas will also partner in releasing a "All Craw-Kan Team" for the Southeast Kansas area after postseason play has wrapped up.
How to nominate?