Independence Bulldogs
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Class 4A West

SEK Conference

School Colors: Orange and Black

Head Coach: John Black (3-11, 3rd season)

Assistant coaches: Michael Rose, Lance Fabrizius, Derek Pearson, Ford Hall

COACH BLACK SAYS:

“Work hard and play hard. At the end of the day, we want to be proud of our effort.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 1-5 (First Round)
  • 2019: 2-7 (First Round)
  • 2018: 0-9 (First Round)
  • 2017: 2-7 (No Playoffs)
  • 2016: 8-2 (First Round)

2020 REVIEW

The Bulldogs finished the 2020 season with a 1-5 record and 1-4 in the district. They are 3-11 in coach Black’s first two seasons as head coach.

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

OL Sir Grant (Sr) 5’11”, 235 lb

WR/DB Hayden Smith (Jr) 6’0”, 145 lb

WR Lucas Smith (Jr) 5’10”, 145 lb

DB Camedon Julian (So) 6’0”, 175 lb

LB Cooper Smith (Sr) 6’0”, 180 lb

DB Davis Merrick (Sr) 5’10”, 170 lb

DE Wyatt Shaffer (Sr) 6’1”, 195 lb

DE Seth Martinez (Sr) 5’10”, 220 lb

DT Dannon Kelly (Jr) 5’10”, 230 lb

DT Sha’ron Caroll-Jones (Sr) 5’10”, 280 lb

DB Brecken Bertie (Sr) 6’0”, 145 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

QB Ryan Leiker (Sr) 6’3”, 215 lb

OL/DL Remmington Easley (Jr) 6’2”, 215 lb

OL/DL Dylan Kelly (Jr) 6’2”, 245 lb

OL/DL Anthony Paolini (Jr) 6’2”, 240 lb

LB/RB Ian Johnson (Jr) 5’8”, 145 lb

OL/DL Dillion Kuehn (So) 6’1”, 235 lb

OL/DL Willie Hays (So) 5’8”, 250 lb

DB/RB Koehn Wright (So) 5’8”, 140 lb

DB/RB Saxton Renfro (So) 5’8”, 140 lb

LB/RB Eli Walers (So) 6’0”, 145 lb

LB/RB Nathan Wedel (So) 6’0”, 145 lb

LB/RB Nate Davis (So) 5’10”, 145 lb

SCHEDULE:

9/3 vs. El Dorado

9/10 @ Wichita North

9/17 @ Fort Scott

9/24 vs. Coffeyville

10/1 @ Chanute

10/8 vs. Circle

10/15 vs. Labette County

10/22 @ Rose Hill

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

The Independence offense will look a bit different from last year, with many new players. Coach Black expects the guys in the wide receiver position to showcase a lot of skill. The Bulldogs will have an experienced defense with a strong line. “If the linebackers step up, it should be a tough defense,” Black says.

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