Senior-heavy Spartans aim for state hardware

Wichita, Kan. Head Coach: Mike Geher

The Wichita Collegiate Spartans walk off the field together. before the start of the game. The Hoisington Cardinals defeated the Wichita Collegiate Spartans 31 to 22 at Elton Brown Field in Hoisington, Kansas on September 9, 2016. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

2016 Record: 7-4

Highlights: Regional Champs; defeated Buhler 45-21 in regular season

Returning Starters Offense: QB Cody McNerney (Sr), RB Will Devore (Sr), OL Mac Copeland (Sr), RB Trey Charbonneau (Jr), C Zaza Lorato (Sr), OL Jack Bendell (Sr), OL Ross Wheeler, WR Adam Winter (Sr), WR Colin Eagan (Jr)

Outlook:

Mike Gehrer describes his 20 seniors as “the largest” group he’s ever had.

“A lot of these guys have been in secondary’, or they’ve been starters, or right on that secondary role and now it’s just time for them to step up and we’re excited about that,” Gehrer said.

One of those 20 seniors is quarterback Cody McNerney, who emerged as one of the state’s top guns in 2016 after he threw for 2,295 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2016. Despite his baroque individual numbers, McNerney’s aiming for collective achievements in his senior season.

“We have high expectations this year. We have a lot of talent. We just hope we can utilize that talent and reach our full potential,” McNerney said.

Multi-skilled offensive lineman Mac Copeland anchors an experienced offensive line. Copeland is committed to the University of Kansas. The lineman has the quickness to block in space and the Spartans plan to ride their 6’4”, 255 pound escort into the end zone.

“Mac’s strength is his quickness,” Gehrer said. “He’s got great feet. Mac moves well. When we’re running sprints, Mac’s not with the lineman. He’s up running in the middle with some of the tail end running back type guys and wide receivers. Mac can run.”