SEDGWICK, Kan. Sedgwick football is sitting at a perfect 8-0 heading into 1a state playoffs and spearheading the Cardinals’ offense is quarterback Lance Hoffsommer
As just a sophomore, he’s already one of the top passers in the state.
“We were anticipating him being good, but we didn’t quite know that he’d be quite this good,” said head coach Jeff Werner.
In his first season as the Cardinals’ starting quarterback his stats are off the charts, throwing for 2398 yards and 31 touchdowns through eight games.
“He has a lot of arm talents and he’s a super smart kid,” Werner said. “So him being able to process the information and get the ball out quickly has really helped us.”
Sedgwick’s football program is no stranger to talented quarterbacks. As a freshman, Lance learned the ropes from four-year starter and all-state quarterback Hooper Schroeder, who now plays at Bethany College.
Before Hooper, Lance spent his Friday nights watching Brylie Ware, a multi-sport talent now in the Saint Louis Cardinals organization. Their success has always inspired him.
“It gives me a lot of confidence because a lot of quarterbacks have had success here,” Hoffsommer said. “It gives me a lot of confidence and teaches me just to play the game and everything will be ok.”
Lance started playing in Sedgwick's system when he was in second grade. What he does on Friday nights under the lights, he’s been doing from the start.
“We’re able to throw the ball quite a bit even for a small school and we’ve done that since the third grade with Lance at Sedgwick,” Werner said. “We try to pick the best athlete that can throw but also process the information and we put them at quarterback and that’s been the recipe we have here and we’ve been very successful with finding that next kid.”
But with numbers already surpassing his predecessors, and more than two full seasons left, he’s on track to be the best the program’s had.
“Lance could be our best one, “Werner said. “He is really probably the best passer of the group we've had here and he's going to be an outstanding quarterback for the next couple years.”
But Lance has his sights set on one thing, bringing home a state title to Sedgwick for the first time in program history.
“I should be better as a junior and senior and hopefully carry it on and win a state championship.”