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Class 8 Man-Division I

Three Rivers League

School Colors: Blue and White

Head Coach: Ryan Panko (9-28, 5th season)

Assistant coaches: Jeremy Neville and Chris Cavender


“We are returning all 16 starters on offense and defense this year. The last couple years we have been underclassmen-heavy. This year, half of our starters are seniors and the other half are juniors. We feel that will pay dividends this year.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 4-5 (First Round)
  • 2019: 0-9 (First Round)
  • 2018: 2-7 (First Round)
  • 2017: 3-7 (First Round)
  • 2016: 2-7 (No Playoffs)


It was a good season for Yates Center. The Wildcats finished with a 4-5 overall record (not including a loss to Osceola, Missouri). Quarterback Sean Hurst led the way offensively for Yates Center, posting 856 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, while also throwing for 799 yards and 9 more scores. Preston Hurst led the team in receiving with 333 yards and 6 touchdowns. Jayston Rice finished with a team-high 6.5 sacks. They gained some momentum for the first time in a while. They’ll try to build on that momentum in 2021.


QB/LB Seah Hurst (Sr) 6’4″, 200 lb

RB/DB Carter Burton (Sr) 6’0″, 205 lb

RB/LB Jaron Morrison (Sr) 5’9″, 165 lb

OL/DE Blake Audiss (Sr) 5’10”, 175 lb

OL/DL Jayston Rice (Jr) 5’11”, 225 lb

WR/DB Cash Cummings (Jr) 5’11”, 150 lb

RB/LB Shane Weber (Jr) 5’7″, 150 lb

TE/DE Preston Hurst (Jr) 6’4″, 185 lb

OL/DE Adam Spencer (Jr) 5’10”, 180 lb

OL/DL Canon Cavender (Jr) 5’10”, 200 lb


9/3 @ Crest

9/10 vs. Altoona-Midway

9/17 @ St. Paul

9/24 vs. Oswego

10/1 vs. Cedar Vale-Dexter

10/8 @ Sedan

10/15 vs. Marmaton Valley

10/22 @ West Elk


As a Yates Center guy, I’m excited about this team. There are some really good athletes on the roster and they’ve already shown they can win games. “Expectations around here are about as high as they have ever been with this group of athletes we having coming back,” says head coach Ryan Panko, “In order for us to be successful this year, we are going to have to do a better job of limiting turnovers and penalties.” While there are good players at the top of this roster, Panko mentions that depth could be an issue heading into the fall. “It’s a concern this year,” he says of the team’s depth, “Staying healthy and avoiding injuries the best we can will be a big key.” Panko says the team has had “exceptional” participation in the strength/conditioning programs in both the off-season and the school year. If Yates Center is going to do something (like get to and compete in playoff games), this is the year. Go out and watch them.