Kapaun football feeling confident headed into postseason play

Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 11:53 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - It’s officially the 2020 high school football postseason. After finishing 2-7 last season, in the first year of the Weston Schartz era at Kapaun, the Crusaders are 6-1 and the four seed in class 5A west.

“We’re pretty confident going into the playoffs this week,” said senior Ethan Stuhlsatz.

Last season the Crusaders tied for the fewest wins in program history in more than half a century. This season their only loss was by three points to Bishop Carroll in week two.

“The kids had talent and last year they were sophomores and juniors and didn’t quite believe in what was happening,” said Schartz. “This year we came in and made them believe.”

The Crusaders put up more points in their season debut against Dodge City this year than they did through seven games last season. That win set the tone for the rest of the year.

“We had zero confidence coming into the season and he earned that back and I think we earned it back in the first game,” said senior Tiger Jones.

“We won that first game at Dodge City and they thought, ‘huh maybe we’re not too bad,’ and it just grew from there,” said Schartz. “We got confidence now, we got skill players, the defense is really solid and we think we got a real solid team.”

The Crusaders will host Salina South in the first round of playoffs Friday.

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