With 13 returning starters, Coach Marvin Diener and his Gardner Edgerton High School football team look to compete for a 6A state football title.
Last year, Diener guided his group to a 6-4 overall record, including a perfect 3-0 district title mark. The team finished third in the Eastern Kansas League (EKL) and won regional runner-up honors.
This year marks Diener’s eighth year at GEHS compiling a 59-20 record. He has an overall coaching record of 239-78, including six, 5A state titles and 10 championship appearances.
“The expectations are high for this team,” he said “We are very pleased with the gains made in the weight room during the winter and look forward to working with new faces in 2013. We hope to push deeper into the 6A- play-off picture than last year.”
Diener will look to senior quarterback Jared Hobby and running back Traevohn Wrench to lead the way.
Hobby completed 90 of 172 passes a year ago for 1326 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers earned Hobby Honorable Mention All-EKL honors.
Wrench, who has already signed with the University of Kansas, carried the ball 256 times last season for 2,269 yards, and 25 rushing touchdowns. He scored 154 total points.
He earned a top 11 all- class honors from the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital-Journal and first team 6A all-state honors. He was a first team all-metro selection and first team All- EKL. He was the EKL Offensive Player of the Year.
When Hobby throws, his aerials will likely be directed at senior wide receiver Jaylon Radel and junior tight-end Josh Lang.
Radel earned honorable mention a year ago grabbing 24 catches for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Lang also earned honorable mention with 16 catches for 304 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Offensively, the Blazers return nine players. Donovan Fahy, center, Hobby, quarterback, Wrench, running back, Deontre Kendrick, receiver, Josh Lang, tight-end, Chris Oathout, guard, Justin Periman, guard, Jaylon Radel, receiver, and Marshall Wade, running back.
On defense, the Blazers have returning Logan Powell, Defensive-end, Emilio Fowler, Defensive line, Dustin Williams, Linebacker, and Tommy McLennan, defensive back.
First test comes Sept. 6th at Blue Valley. It will be the Metro Game of the Week.