CIK Season Preview: Buhler relies on returning starters to help develop young talent

Buhler Crusaders look to further develop young talent with help from returning starters.
Buhler Crusaders look to further develop young talent with help from returning starters.(KWCH)
Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 10:55 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Coming off an 8-3 record, Buhler’s season was cut short when the Crusaders lost in the quarterfinals of the 4A playoffs. This year they return several skilled players and a lot of experience.

With a chance for a comeback, the Buhler Crusaders let the 4A quarterfinal game slip through their fingers last year.

Buhler head football coach Steve Warner said, “I think that kind of fuels our kids. We’ve got a lot of new starters this year so I think they’ve got something to prove, they’ve got a chip on their shoulders.”

Warner said they were lucky to play a lot of guys last year and give them some experience coming into this season.

“We started four sophomores last year so we feel like we have a really good junior class and they’re going to have to really carry us,” said Warner. “We have a small senior class. We only have nine seniors this year.”

Senior defensive back Levi Perez said, “I think our defense as a whole is going to shine. We have speed everywhere, goes to our offense too. Everyone’s fast everywhere.”

Junior quarterback Bradley Neill said, “Our secondary, they’re all fast. We’ve got like two guys with 4.2s and then 4.5, 4.4 so we sit back there. And then our d-line we’ve got Bo and Jarrett, they’ll be good.”

“I think our strength is just going to be our depth and a lot of experience at skilled positions with Bradley being our quarterback and Sam being a tailback,” said Warner.

While players say their offense may be a little fresher this season, they see the potential to greatly improve.

Perez said, “I think we lose a bit of experience but I think we have more potential than we did last year.”

“On offense, we’ve got some weapons for our wide receiving corps. Then we’ve got Sam who got honorable mention all-state,” said Neill.

In order to maintain social distancing, Buhler will only allow two spectators per player to attend games. The Crusaders start the season on the road at Goddard on September 4th.

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