Young Labette County roster brings energy in opening week

The Grizzlies aim to climb in the SEK after a 2-7 season in 2020.

ALTAMONT, Kan. – The Labette County Grizzlies are in the middle of their first week of fall football practice.

Labette County aims to climb in the SEK this fall, after finishing with a 2-7 overall record in 2020 – the third straight year they’ve finished under .500.

The Grizzlies lost a big senior class, so there will be plenty of new faces making plays for the team this fall. The team does return a pair of 1st team All-SEK selections in lineman Mitchell House and defensive back Andon Searles.

They don’t have a ton of depth or experience heading into the fall – but so far, the young guys are stepping up and bring some energy in the first week of practice.

“Our kids have been really energetic, and they’re picking things up really well,” says Labette County head coach Sean Price, “They’re very attentive to detail so far, and a lot of energy so we’re excited about that.”

“We have a young team,” Searles says, “A lot of kids are stepping up. We all work together. We fall down, mess up and then we get back up and correct our mistakes.”

One point of emphasis through the summer and in the first week of practice for Labette County has been their passing game. Price says they want to expand on their passing game this fall – something they haven’t been able to do for a few years.

“We’ve had a quarterback hurt for two straight years,” Price says, “We have Kendall Holtzman back there this year as a sophomore. He’s a big kid. He’s about six feet tall and about 200 pounds. He can throw the ball. That’s what we need in our offense. We want to run the ball. Everybody wants to run the ball, but we’re not good enough to sit there and just run the ball every down. We need to throw the ball. I think we have some good receivers for him to throw to, but he’s looked really good so far.”

Labette County opens the season on September 3rd, at home against the Pittsburg Purple Dragons.