Caden Brinegar, senior wide receiver and safety for Marysville High School, is the lone returning full-time starter for Marysville and head coach Dustin Heuer in 2020.
The Bulldogs who finished 7-2 last season have had a lot of recent success under Heuer. With a 34-10 record in the last four seasons and a 3A runner-up finish they’ve been one of the best 3A programs in the state in that time frame. Heuer snapped a 32-game losing streak when he took over the program. While a lot of the same names we’ve talked about in recent years are gone it’s time for some new names to step at at Mayrsville.
While Brinegar isn’t one of those new names he will be depended upon big in 2020 to be a difference maker on both sides of the ball. One thing he does bring to the table is speed and explosiveness. He may be just 170-pounds and 6-foot-0 tlal but he has a 405 squat and 280 clean while putting out a 4.55 40-yard dash time. He was a all-state honorable mention non-senior pick at WR and DB last season from Sports in Kansas.
Although minimal experience is back for 2020, Brinegar expects Ayden Price (QB), Gavin Pieschl (WR/DB), and Jackson Rader (LB) to help lead the way for the Bulldogs in 2020. The goal is to get experience and get the team clicking earlby by the time district play rolls around to be a contender to make a run in the 3A playoffs.
The Bulldogs have to replace big names like Atreyau Hornbeak, Storm Slupianek, Brandon Schroedl and Garron Champoux who were big parts of the team the last few seasons. The Bulldogs have been in this position before after the 2017 season and a group of juniors stepped up for a big season in 2018 after losing Jack Blumer, Gabe Pieschl etc.
Marysville opens up the season with a 1A opponent in Valley Heights. Don’t let the 1A fool you as VH is one of the top teams in the classification for 2020. Marysville is also in a very tough 3A district with Chapman, Council Grove, Concordia, Clay Center and Riley County.
We caught up with Brinegar below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
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Q&A w/ Brinegar
How did you get involved in football?
I was always into football as a little kid and from watching my brother play. I started playing tackle football in 4th grade and it’s been my favorite ever since.
What are your goals this season?
My goal as a team is to make it farther than we did last year and show what we can do with a whole new team. I think we have a lot of good athletes that can go out there and show what they can do.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
I think we do, we might be a little rough to start off the year with because of little experience, but I think after those first 3 games we can go into district play playing like a whole new team.
What makes you such a force as a player?
On offense I run good routes that can fool the defense and make people miss easily. I can catch just about any ball the quarterback can get near me. On defense I can see the little things the offense does and know where the ball is going to be.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
It’s amazing to be in a smaller town and have just about everyone in Marysville want to come to a game. It gets pretty loud there and we have one of the best student sections you can ask for.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
We aren’t the biggest group, but I think we will be one of the fastest and watching us run and sling it around is always fun to watch. Like I said we got a great student section and they make playing/watching the game even better.
Who are other key players on your team?
Our QB Ayden Price, he can throw the ball very well and makes good reads. Another WR/S, Gavin Pieschl, he is very shifty and is a big time tackler for not being one of the bigger guys on the field. And LB Jackson Rader, he is always good at getting to the football and making big plays when needed.
Favorite thing about football?
For me it is all the adrenaline going through your body and the crowd getting loud when a big play happens.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
I play baseball in the spring/summer. I’ve started since freshman year and mainly play outfield and every once in a while I play 1st base and pitcher.
What is it like to play for your coach?
It’s great, Coach Heuer knows his stuff and is great about helping us kids out and making us better. He is always pushing us to be better football and better people. I couldn’t ask for a better coach.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
We have got a lot of more people and good numbers in the weight room and have done small football group workouts. During quarantine it was hard to do a lot of stuff, but once most of it settled down we got after it a lot more.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I’m hoping to play college football somewhere and as of now I don’t have any offers to play anywhere. I am hoping to have some before my senior season starts.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
When not playing sports I am either working or hanging out with my friends.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully with a good job and family watching Marysville games still.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
I’d say my favorite subject would be math, I am really good with numbers and a quick thinker. I also had a teacher who made the class a lot better. My GPA is 3.5
Who is your role model?
I would say my brother, I have always looked up to him whether it is in sports or life. He has been a good influence on me and acts more as if he is my dad than my brother, but as an older brother he will do that.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
My favorite is little haps in Home City. Home City is just outside of Marysville and they have some of the best chicken strips I have had. Every time I go there my family already knows that I am getting chicken strips.
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about me would be that I am a very shy person and don’t say a whole lot of words, but once you get to know me more I don’t ever really stop talking.
Anything else to add?
Just keep an eye out for Marysville this year, I think we will be a sleeper team after losing a big senior class last year.
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