After firing for nearly 2,000 yards, the Eagles top gun Connor Lungwitz returns for his senior year. He’s given Maize reason to believe they can be a contender to win the AVCTL Div. I. If any team can win that division, they’re a serious threat to win state. Ask Derby, who finished second in the league in 2013, only to lift the 6A state championship trophy in November.
Coach: Gary Guzman
2013 Recap: The best season in recent memory and one that will never be forgotten, not only because of a successful 7-3 campaign, but because of a stomach knotting loss in the first round of the playoffs. Maize took Manhattan to five overtimes before bowing out with a 60-59 loss.
2014 Outlook: It all runs through the quarterback, and if you’re Maize it should. Connor Lungwitz will have control of the Eagles. All he did in 2013 was toss for over 19-hundred yards and nearly 30 TD’s, helping the Maize offense average over 40ppg. He will feature a trio of senior wideouts and that could create another monster season on offense.
Putting puts on the board plays to Maize’ strength. Keeping them off will be the difference between a special season and another season. The defense yielded 28.8 ppg in 2013. When the defense was on, Maize could play with anybody. When they locked horns with a physical offense, it became a shootout. In the Eagles’ three losses, they allowed more than 51 ppg. In two of those losses, they yielded more than 60 points.
Returning starters: 4 offense, 5 defense
2014 District: Maize, Maize-South, Valley Center, Wichita-Bishop Carroll