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Class 3A District 1

CNC Conference

School Colors: Red and White

Head Coach: Russell Burr (0-0, 1st season)

Assistant coaches: Cord Baldwin (DC), Tim Parrish (OL/DB), Jeff McCoy (WR/DB), Austin Buchanan (OL/LB)

COACH BURR SAYS:

“I took this job to try and establish a program that can be successful in the future. It will take hard work and those who have committed to the program have been working extremely hard.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 0-7 (No playoffs)
  • 2019: 0-9 (No playoffs)
  • 2018: 2-7 (No playoffs)
  • 2017: 4-5 (No playoffs)
  • 2016: 5-4 (No playoffs)

2020 REVIEW

It was the second straight winless season for the Lions in 2020. Despite what the record shows, the work ethic from the team is consistently strong. The biggest challenge for Baxter Springs is dealing with low interest. “We have to continue to try and add numbers to our program,” Burr says. “It is a process. We, as a program, have to get stronger and faster. We are working on it, but Rome was not built in a day.”

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

QB Jackson Deringer (Jr) 6’0”, 170 lb

RB/LB Logan Gess (Jr) 5’11”, 195 lb

RB/DB Hayden Lake (Jr) 5’7”, 155 lb

WR/DB Garrett Paxson (Sr) 6’1”, 170 lb

RB/LB Landon Fisher (Jr) 5’10”, 175 lb

TE/LB Lane Fisher (Jr) 6’0”, 180 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

OL/DL Jeffrey French (Jr) 5’10”, 225 lb

OL/DL Hayden Parkison (Jr) 5’9”, 230 lb

RB/DB Tanner Chandler (Sr) 5’10”, 165 lb

OL/DL Michael Colbert (Jr) 5’9”, 170 lb

WR/DB Dylan Zanatta (Jr) 5’9”, 145 lb

OL/DL Kaden Mony (Jr) 5’8”, 200 lb

WR/LB Javen Alexander (So) 6’1”, 185 lb

OL/DL Caleb Pujols (So) 5’11”, 190 lb

RB/DB Gage Maggard (So) 5’9”, 170 lb

WR/DB Carson Mozzacco (So) 5’9”, 150 lb

KEY NEWCOMERS

WR/DB Dayton Hall (So) 5’9”, 150 lb

SCHEDULE:

9/3 @ Riverton

9/10 vs. Girard

9/17 @ Jayhawk Linn

9/24 @ Columbus

10/1 vs. Parsons

10/8 vs. Cherryvale

10/15 @ Caney Valley

10/22 vs. Galena

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

Former assistant coach, Russell Burr, takes over as head coach of the Baxter Springs Lions as they search for their first win in three years this upcoming season. The makeup of this year’s team is a little unusual, with just two seniors to lead the group. “The junior class will have to share much of the leadership role for our program,” Burr says. The lack of previous year’s success has fueled a fire in the Lions, and they are hoping that their motivation gets reflected in their record. “Our kids are preparing very hard for the season and that is a very positive sign,” Burr says. “They want to get the program turned around.” A key focus for 2021 is improving the player’s strength. With the level competition in the Lions conference, they need to be able to match up physically. Maintaining confidence will also be an area of emphasis. “We want our players to never quit, no matter the circumstances of the game,” Burr says. “We want to get to the point where teams actually remember playing Baxter Springs.”