PTACEK, EVERHART, HUFF LEAD 8 RETURNING STARTERS

By William / www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

MOUNDRIDGE – Two years of flirting with .500 seasons, the Moundridge Wildcat football team looks to break into the winning column a few more times in 2021 thanks to a solid core of eight returning starters.

Coach Jeremiah Meeks begins his fifth season at the helm and while still looking for that first winning season, he knows they are close after back-to-back 4-5 marks in 2019 and 2020.

While the Wildcats will have a solid core of returnees, the one question remains – who will replace Corbin Unruh, the graduated quarterback that led the team in 2020.

Coach Meeks has noted that Henry Hecox looks to be the front runner for the job, and he will have solid companions for success with the return of star running back Kase Ptacek along with offensive weapons like Anthony Everhart, Joaquin Huff, and Joseph Schrag.

The Wildcats dug up gold when they found Huff, who as just a freshman led the team on defense in 2020 with 77 tackles.

Moundridge will be challenged early as they go on the road for their first two games of the season at Chase County and Macksville.

Here is a preview of the 2021 Moundridge Wildcat Football program:

THE COACH:

Jeremiah Meeks begins his fifth season at the helm of the Moundridge Wildcats and will be looking to bounce back from a sub-.500 record in 2020 when they finished just 4-5 on the season and lost in the first round of the state playoffs.

Meeks has recorded an overall record of 16-31 in his five seasons while still looking for his first winning season.

Assisting the Wildcat football program will be Courtney Moddelmog, Bret Lange (serving as defensive coordinator), and Josh Hubin.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE 2021 WILDCATS:

The 2021 Wildcats will be returning an offensive line and defense with solid experience from eight returning starters.

Talking about the offensive line in front of several skilled running backs, coach Meeks is counting on the run game to be able to carry the team early in the season while the younger players get used to playing varsity football.

Moundridge will be counting on what Coach Meeks calls, ‘one of the better running backs in 8-man football’ with the Kase Ptacek returning for his senior year after rushing for 865 years and 10 scores in 2020. Ptacek will also lead the defense where he headed up the defensive backfield in 2020 and recorded 44 tackles while making six pass interceptions.

Anthony Everhart is what the coaching staff calls their ‘jack of all trades on defense’ and they will move him all over as he does a good job no matter what the role has been they put him in. Everhart recorded 37 tackles in 2020, seven of which went for a loss of yardage.

Joseph Schrag will be a key target for the Wildcat passing offense as he returns to the tight end position after recording eight touchdowns in 2020.

Coach Meeks says that both Joaquin Huff and JD Jenkins will be back at linebacker for 2021. Both had enormous success in 2020 in the first years starting on varsity as Huff racked up 77 tackles, six for a loss of yardage plus two fumble recoveries as just a freshman. Jenkins pitched in with 32 tackles as a sophomore.

Kaden Jenkins is the man the Wildcat coaches are leaning on to anchor the offensive line as they expect a big year out of the 265-pound senior.

RETURNING WILDCAT STARTERS FOR 2021:

Kase Ptacek = 5’ 10”, 160 lbs., Senior Running Back/Defensive Back = Offense – 865 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns; Defense – 44 tackles, 6 interceptions.

Anthony Everhart = 5’ 9”, 170 lbs., Senior Fullback/Linebacker = Offense – 153 yards rushing; Defense – 37 tackles, 7 tackles for loss of yardage, 8 pass breakups.

Joaquim Huff = 5’ 9”, 215 lbs., Sophomore Fullback/Linebacker = Defense – 77 tackles, 6 tackles for loss of yardage, 2 fumble recoveries.

Caleb Ward = 5’ 11”, 245 lbs., Junior Center/Defensive Lineman.

JD Jenkins = 6’ 0”, 200 lbs., Junior Linebacker/Offensive Lineman = Defense – 32 tackles.

Kaden Jenkins = 5’ 11”, 265 lbs., Senior Offensive/Defensive Lineman.

Joseph Schrag = 5’ 10”, 182 lbs., Senior Tight End/Defensive Lineman = Offense – 250 yards receiving, 8 touchdowns.

Garret Dougherty = 5’ 8”, 150 lbs., Senior Defensive Back/Wide Receiver.

2021 WILDCAT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE:

September 3 = At Chase County, 7:00 pm

September 10 = At Macksville, 7:00 pm

September 17 = Bennington at Home, 7:00 pm

September 24 = Medicine Lodge at Home, 7:00 pm

October 1 = Goessel at Home, 7:00 pm

October 8 = At Argonia/Attica, 7:00 pm

October 15 = Fairfield at Home, 7:00 pm

October 22 = Pretty Prairie at Home, 7:00 pm

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