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Class 6 District X

COC League

School Colors: Cardinal Red, Navy and Silver

Head Coach: Curtis Jasper (49-19, 7th season)

Assistant coaches: Nick Reid (DC), Alan Linden (STC) and Jacob Hewitt (OC)

COACH JASPER SAYS:

“A big part of what we do in building our culture are a lot of things we do off the field. Last year, we were unable to do most of those things. Seeing the impact on our culture further supports how important the things we do off the field are for our program.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 6-5 (Second Round)
  • 2019: 13-1 (State Runner-up)
  • 2018: 10-3 (State Semifinals)
  • 2017: 8-2 (First Round)
  • 2016: 5-5 (First Round)

2020 REVIEW

Joplin finished last season with a 6-5 overall record. Like a lot of teams, it just felt like a weird year for the Eagles. They came out and beat Webb City 41-40 in week one, before dropping four of their next six games. “The ability to play all of our regular-season games through a global pandemic without having to cancel any of them was a highlight of the season,” says head coach Curtis Jasper, “The biggest challenge was working through all of the necessary precautions, limiting our ability to do things we normally do.” The team loses some great players, including eight who moved on to play at the next level: Alex Curry (SEMO), Nathan Glades (MSSU), Trayshawn Thomas (MSSU), Scott Lowe (MSSU), Keaton Renfro (Missouri S&T), Davis Ramsey (William Penn), Dominick Simmons (Evangel) and Keaton Huff (Evangel).

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

QB Always Wright (Sr) 6’4″, 170 lb – 1st team All-District

WR Bruce Wilbert (Sr) 6’1″, 180 lb

WR Landen Atherton (Sr) 6’3″, 190 lb

WR Terrence Gibson (Jr) 6’5″, 205 lb

OL Dawson Phillips (Sr) 6’3″, 225

OL Dontrell Holt (So) 6’5″, 290 lb

DL Donovahn Watkins (Sr) 6’1″, 250 lb – 2nd team All-COC

DL Gunner Price (Sr) 6’0″, 250 lb

DE Joe Jasper (Sr) 6’3″, 200 lb

LB Robert Kelly (Sr) 6’0″, 175 lb

DB Donovyn Fowler (Sr) 6’0″, 150 lb

DB Korey Read (Sr) 6’2″, 180 lb

DB Evan Overstreet (Sr) 6’2″, 165 lb

DB Luke Vieselmeyer (Sr) 5’11”, 150 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

OL Zach Harthan (Sr) 6’2″, 285 lb

OL Stone Karcher (Sr) 6’5″, 240 lb

OL Jett Steele (Sr) 6’5″, 260 lb

WR All Wright (So) 6’2″, 165 lb

RB Quin Renfro (So) 6’0″, 175 lb

RB Drew VanGilder (Jr) 5’10”, 180 lb

LB Johnny Williams (So) 5’11”, 180 lb

LB Draven VanGilder (Jr) 5’10”, 185 lb

KEY NEWCOMERS

WR Hudson Moore (Jr) 6’6″, 172 lb

LB Jaxon Walker (Sr) 6’0″, 200 lb

SCHEDULE:

8/27 @ Webb City

9/3 vs. Nixa

9/10 @ Ozark

9/17 vs. Carl Junction

9/24 vs. Willard

10/1 @ Republic

10/8 vs. Carthage

10/15 @ Branson

10/22 vs. Neosho

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

Coach Jasper is a culture-builder. That’s pretty clear. He’s done an unbelievable job since coming to Joplin. COVID-19 really threw a wrench in his ability to do the things he felt like he needed to do in 2020 to build the culture and the team he wanted to build. “One of our biggest goals this season is to refocus on the process of making a great team,” Jasper says, “Last year, we knew we were playing week-to-week with the possibility of COVID shutting down the season at any time. We were forced to focus on getting to play the games themselves, rather than focusing on the process of preparation and building our culture.” This Joplin team has a senior class that is deep in both numbers and talent. “Most of them have been with the program for four years,” Jasper says of his seniors, “We have good depth at most positions, which makes all players better due to the competition for spots.” Very rarely do I ever type a quote from a coach saying “we have good depth at most positions.” It’s a good spot for Joplin to be in. Jasper says some of those seniors, Landen Atherton, Joe Jasper, Evan Overstreet, Korey Read and Luke Vieselmeyer, will be on-field leaders for this program in 2020. “They are all multi-sport athletes who put work into the football program year round, both on and off the field,” Jasper says of that group. There’s no reason to think that Joplin won’t bounce back and have a nice season. I’m a Curtis Jasper believer. There will be several new assistant coaches and a new offensive coordinator at Joplin. If those are smooth transitions, the team can be a little more consistent and Jasper can do what he’s always done and sprinkle in a little chemistry, they’ll win some games and still be fun to watch.