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Class 3A District 1

Independent

School Colors: Blue and Gold

Head Coach: Jeff Schibi (3-6, 2nd season)

Assistant coaches: Jaran Dixon (DC), Raheeme Dumas (QB/DL), Kaito Barr-Miller (RB/LB), Jamario Kendrick (WR/DB) and Emilio Aita (OL/DL)

COACH SCHIBI SAYS:

“If we can stay healthy this season, our defensive line has a chance to be pretty good. That is something we have not been able to say for a long time. At full strength, we will be able to rotate 7-8 guys on the defensive line with an average weight of 255 pounds. Our entire two-deep DL is back from last year. In addition, outside of two graduates, we return a large nucleus of our offensive line. Most notably, both tackles are back from last season. We have work to do on the offensive line, but it should not be a weakness.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 3-6 (First Round)
  • 2019: 2-7 (No Playoffs)
  • 2018: 8-3 (State Quarterfinals)
  • 2017: 1-8 (No Playoffs)
  • 2016: 1-8 (No Playoffs)

2020 REVIEW

Last season was the first season for the Vikings under head coach Jeff Schibi. Parsons finished with a 3-6 overall record – but they were able to clinch a playoff spot in the final week of the regular season. “The best part of last season was getting the opportunity to strap it up on Friday night to play the game we all love,” Schibi says, “Obviously, with the pandemic going on, the summer was full of unknowns and nobody really knew what the future held for athletics going into the school year. Following COVID-19 health and safety protocols was a challenge. In order to eliminate quarantines, we spent a great deal of time doing the best we could to protect our athletes in every way possible. On the gridiron, we really struggled to stop the run. It was a priority for us going into last season, and we just did not get the job done. Overall, it was a humbling experience not only for the coaches, but for the returning players. Three wins is not what we set out to achieve. That created some motivation for our returners this season to get bigger, faster and stronger in the offseason.”

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

DE Isiah Tyson (Sr) 6’3″, 230 lb – 31 tackles, 10 TFL, 3 sacks

WR/FS Dion Sylvester (Sr) 5’8″, 155 lb – 647 receiving yds, 7 TD – 22 tackles, 2 interceptions

WR Jessie Jones (Jr) 5’9″, 155 lb – 115 receiving yds

RT/DT Hunter Brownewell (Sr) 6’3″, 260 lb

LT Zack Cowen (Sr) 6’3″, 240 lb

OLB Steven Knapper (Sr) 5’11”, 175 lb – 24 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1 FR

CB Cameron Kendrick (Jr) 5’9″, 150 lb

OG/DT Tre Russ (Sr) 6’1″, 260 lb – 30 tackles, 1 TFL

DT Connor Baughman (Sr) 5’11”, 280 lb

C Cole Manners (Jr) 5’10”, 210 lb

K/P Jayce Quirin (So) 5’9″, 155 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

WR/FS Ja’Vyn Brown (Sr) 6’1″, 170 lb

TE/DE Joe Paige (Jr) 6’3″, 240 lb

TE/LB Cade Brown (So) 6’0″, 195 lb

OG/DT Malikh Ferguson (Jr) 5’10”, 235 lb

OG/LB Trae Ginder (Jr) 5’11”, 190 lb

WR/LB Marion Ryan (Jr) 6’1″, 180 lb

OT/DT Sam Brewer (So) 6’4″, 305

WR/FS Axl Ramirez (Jr) 5’7″, 140 lb

KEY NEWCOMERS

RB/LB Jahmarion Washington (So) 6’1″, 210 lb

QB/DB Tra Mack (So) 5’9″, 140 lb

QB/LB/LS Riley Baker (Jr) 6’0″, 215 lb

WR/CB Kasey Beard (So) 5’6″, 135 lb

WR/FS/K Landon Wheat (So) 6’2″, 165 lb

SCHEDULE:

9/3 vs. Anderson County

9/10 vs. Iola

9/17 @ Prairie View

9/24 vs. Galena

10/1 @ Baxter Springs

10/8 @ Caney Valley

10/15 vs. Columbus

10/22 vs. Cherryvale

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

Before we get to any of this – I have to acknowledge the difference in schedule here for Parsons. They play the same teams, but Parsons goes from having five road games to having just three road games this season. They were on the road A LOT in 2020, with just three home games in nine total games. They don’t have a huge senior class this year, but do have quality experience returning. “There is not quantity with our seniors, but the quality is certainly there,” says head coach Jeff Schibi, “We will look to them to provide leadership on the field, because most of them have been on the field for the past two years. The two guys we need to step up and take control of this team are Isiah Tyson and Dion Sylvester. Isiah has done a great job of leading by example in the weight room this offseason. We are looking for him to transition that attitude and leadership to the field this fall.” Coach Schibi noted above that the defensive line could be a strength, and that the offensive line should be better. Those are great places to start. “We have several areas to show improvement in in order for us to be successful,” Schibi adds, “We were a very poor tackling team defensively in 2020. In addition, we have to play a more physical style of football…and make a commitment to getting bigger, faster and stronger. We also need to improve in playing and understanding situational football, like red zone and goal line situations, third and fourth down, knowing where the chains are and knowing when to take time off the clock or play fast. We need to come together and play for one another out on the field.” I do think Parsons will be better this season. The energy and enthusiasm Schibi brings to the team I think will prove to be infectious. It just doesn’t happen overnight. “Our expectations are that our kids go out and play and compete at a high level,” Schibi finishes, “Good things happen when you play hard, play fast and play physically. You can set short-term goals, long-term goals or whatever you want. Our number one goal right now is to take care of business in week one against Anderson County. Nothing else after that matters. We have to zone in on our opponent on a week-by-week basis, and not look past who we have next.”