Sports in Kansas is pleased to announce its Sports in Kansas Offensive Player of the Year & Defensive Player of the Year from 6A to Six-Man. SIK also has selected an All-Classes Coach of the Year and Classification Coaches of the Year on another feature coming out. Selections made through votes from a statewide panel of media who regularly cover high school football and represents all areas and classes. This year, over 20 media members were part of the committee with Chet Kuplen of Sports in Kansas and Conor Nicholl of Sports in Kansas calculating the votes and the final selections. Input was also gathered from coaches, observations and statistics.
Class 3A Offensive Player of the Year: Eli Rowland, Andale, RB
Andale senior Eli Rowland led the Indians to a dominant 12-0 season and Class 3A state title. Andale has won back-to-back 3A state titles and has Kansas’ longest current winning streak at 25 games. Rowland delivered 1,400 rushing and 450 receiving yards. Andale averaged 51.1 points per game.
In the 20-0 state championship versus Perry-Lecompton, Rowland scored on runs from seven and three yards. He delivered 29 carries for 147 yards and two TDs.
In a 49-0 semifinal win versus Wichita Collegiate, Rowland returned two punts for touchdowns and added a pair of rushing scores. He also delivered 20 carries for 106 yards. Rowland rushed for 215 yards and two TDs in a 42-0 win versus Riley County in the quarterfinals. In the playoffs alone, Rowland tallied 17 scores and rushed for 803 yards. As a junior, Rowland collected 1,273 yards and 22 TDs.
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Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year: Hayden Robb, Perry-Lecompton, LB
Like Tonganoxie senior Branden Martin, Robb cleared the rare 500-career tackle plateau. He helped P-L finish as 3A runner-up to Andale in the last two falls. The 5-foot-10, 225-pound Robb tallied 515 career tackles. This season, he delivered 139 tackles, 10 TFLs, 3.5 sacks and picked off a pass.
P-L finished 11-2. That included two wins versus Holton (28-14, 22-9) and a victory versus Topeka Hayden (20-7). In the state finale, Andale beat P-L, 20-0. Andale had scored at least 40 points per game in all other contests. Holton was 9-0 when not playing Perry-Lecompton and averaged 48.1 points in those victories. Overall, the Kaws forced 24 turnovers and allowed just 10.3 points per game. Four Kaws finished with at least 100 tackles.
Robb has picked up offers from a variety of NAIAs: Baker, Benedictine, Tabor, William Penn and Mount Marty. Robb carried a 4.0 GPA and has placed at state wrestling.
Congratulations to Hayden Robb of Perry Lecompton High School for being selected as the 3A Kansas Defensive Player of the Year - what an incredible accomplishment for a deserving young man! - Perry Lecompton Booster Club & Perry Lecompton High School
Hayden, we are so incredibly proud of you for truly earning the honor of being named Defensive Player of the Year. It has been a true joy for all of us to watch you play. Always follow your heart, keep your faith and stay true to yourself. We love you! - Mom, Trevor, Chance, Kyndol, Trent, Kellie, Addie, Emmie, Grandma Sally and Grandma Karen.
Sports in Kansas 3A Offensive Player of the Year Finalists
Tanner Cash, Clearwater Sr. QB
Eli Rowland, Andale Sr. RB
Charlie Killingsworth, Rock Creek Sr. QB
Desmond Purnell, Hayden Sr. RB
Canon Karn, Holton Sr. RB
Wesley Fair, Collegiate Soph. QB
Jackson Gebhardt, SE Saline Sr. QB
Thad Metcalfe, Perry-Lecompton Sr. QB/ATH
Lakin Farmer, Halstead Sr. RB
Sports in Kansas 3A Defensive Player of the Year Finalists
Cayden Winter, Andale Sr. DE
Hayden Robb, Perry-Lecompton Sr. LB
Austin Carlson, Clearwater Sr. LB
Desmond Purnell, Hayden Sr. DB/ATH
Landon Dean, Frontenac Jr. DE
Doug Grider, Halstead Sr. LB
Caden Parthemer, Andale Sr. LB
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