MAIZE, Kan. With a handful of key, veteran returners, Maize South is starting the 2019 season poised to take the ACTVL II by storm.
“The list of the players coming back would be extensive,” said Maize South head coach Brent Pfeifer. “We only had eleven seniors last year so we’re bringing a lot of guys back.”
On defense, with nine returning starters, the Mavericks are loaded with a veteran core that should help them get off to a better start than last year, where they lost their first three games of the season.
“It feels good knowing we have a lot of seniors on defense to get the games going, get turnovers, and get stops, things like that,” said senior defensive back and first team all-ACTVL II selection Trevion Mitchell.
Alongside Mitchell, the key defensive returners include senior Zach Saville, who recorded 53 tackles and two sacks last year. He’s joined by seniors Coleman Koehn, Colby Hermann, Dominic Castelli and junior Brandon Bowles.
On the other side of the ball, the Mavericks return their top offensive producers in junior quarterback Colin Shields and senior running back Mason Edwards. Shields threw for 1,451 yards last season with 12 touchdowns. Edwards rushed for 1,307 yards and 13 scores.
The Mavericks’ offensive line will once again be led by senior Cody Fayette, a South Dakota State commit and one of the top offensive linemen in Kansas.
But Pfeifer says there’s a lot of younger guys in the mix as well, specifically to fill the receiver’s position, where Maize South lost their top three performers in 2018.
“We’re kind of starting over. There’s a lot of young guys coming in that put in a lot of work this off season and we’re going to give them a shot too”
In 2018, the Mavericks’ six game winning streak was put to an end in a 35-0 playoff loss to rival Maize.
Pfeifer says the key to getting back to playoffs will be showing up to play every week.
“Our league is really talented this year. There’s great coaches and great kids at the schools were going to see so I think that’s going to be a big test for us. There’s really not a week in division II that you can sit back and rest your guys at all.”
The Mavericks start their year September 6th, with a trip across town to Wichita Heights for a 7:00 pm kick off.
2019 MAIZE SOUTH SCHEDULE
9/6 – vs Wichita Heights
9/13 – @ Andover
9/20 – vs Valley Center
9/27 – @ Ark City
10/4 – vs Andover Central
10/11 – vs Eisenhower
10/18 – @ Goddard
10/25 – @ Wichita North