Neodesha Bluestreaks
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Class 2A District 1

Tri Valley League

School Colors: Blue and White

Head Coach: David Gillett (3-15, 3rd season)

Assistant coaches: Chris Hinshaw (DC), Jake Carpenter (OC), Hunter Keith (Strength) and Preston Sharp

COACH GILLETT SAYS:

“I believe our offensive and defensive lines could be our biggest strength this season. Our biggest challenge will be replacing our QB and our FB from last year, the two most vital parts to last year’s team.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 2-7 (First Round)
  • 2019: 1-8 (No Playoffs)
  • 2018: 2-7 (No Playoffs)
  • 2017: 5-5 (First Round)
  • 2016: 5-4 (No Playoffs)

2020 REVIEW

Last year was the team’s second season under head coach David Gillett. It was hard for them to find their footing with some of the uncertainty surrounding the season due to COVID-19. The team finished with a 2-7 record, however they did finish the regular season by winning two of their last three games. “I feel like our growth continued to show as a program,” Gillett says of last season, “I truly feel we have laid a foundation for great things to happen in the future. The three seniors did so much for us this past season.” Neodesha loses three seniors, including Phoenix Carpenter (Sterling College) who is playing at the next level.

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

WR Jacksen Adams (Sr) 5’10”, 180 lb

WR/DB Caleb Smith (Sr) 6’2″, 185 lb

OL/DL Cameron Grogan (Sr) 6’0″, 245 lb

OL/DL Gage Bell (Sr) 5’11”, 210 lb – All-District OL

RB/DB Mattix Cole (Jr) 5’10”, 165 lb

OL/DL Andrew Heck (Jr) 6’0″, 210 lb

OL/DL Chad Babcock (Jr) 5’11”, 225 lb – HM All-District DL

WR/DB Jeff White (Jr) 6’0″, 195 lb

DL Valik Boldra (So) 5’10”, 240 lb

WR/DB Wyatt Songer (So) 6’1″, 180 lb

TE/DL Mason Springer (So) 6’2″, 240 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

LB Holden Smith (Sr) 5’11”, 195 lb

TE/DE Peyton Toms (Sr) 6’2″, 220 lb

WR/DB Garrett Davis (Sr) 6’0″, 180 lb

WR/DB Jesse Mahaffey (Sr) 5’9″, 140 lb

OL/DL Daylan Broderick (Sr) 5’10”, 195 lb

TE/DE Triston Arnold (Sr) 6’4″, 210 lb

OL/DL Riley White (Jr) 6’0″, 250 lb

OL/DL Sam Ortiz (Jr) 5’11”, 245 lb

WR/DB Talon Roebuck (So) 5’8″, 140 lb

TE/LB Collin John (Jr) 5’11”, 170 lb

SCHEDULE:

9/3 vs. Eureka

9/10 @ Caney Valley

9/17 @ Humboldt

9/24 vs. Riverton

10/1 @ Fredonia

10/8 vs. Colgan

10/15 vs. Southeast

10/22 @ Erie

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

The one thing you can say about Neodesha for sure is that the team has plenty of guys back from last season. That includes lineman Gage Bell, who coach Gillett says he will look to to be the team’s on-field leader in 2021. “Overall, he could be the best we will have,” GIllett says of Bell, “His knowledge for the overall game is great. He knows more than just his position. I’m also looking forward to the overall leadership all of my upperclassmen could have.” I’m expecting Neodesha to be better this season. They’re in their third season under coach Gillett, they have experienced guys back and they don’t have to really worry about the uncertainty of COVID. It’s time to start the climb. “I always have high expectations for my team’s every year,” Gillett says, “The biggest thing I want to see this season is growth every day. If this growth leads to a winning season, a district title and we make the playoffs, our season will be a success.”

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