Class 2A title game participants thrive on running the ball

PHOTO BY DANIELLE STOMBERG—Olathe’s David Rhodes breaks free during a game against Buena Vista high school Saturday afternoon in the 2A state playoffs in Olathe.



The Class 2A state championship will be a matchup of power.

When Erie and Olathe kick off at 11 this morning at Legacy Stadium at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, both teams look to continue on what has gotten them this far, running the
football.

Both teams feature running backs who have rushed for more than 2,000 yards this season.

The Pirates run more of a power and trap offense, centered around big tailback David Rhodes.

The Tigers run a double-wing that provides different looks, but Alex Ortega gets most of the carries.

“The winner is going to have to come with their base offense and be successful,” Erie coach Larry Gartrell said.

Defensively, both teams run similar 3-5-3 styles intended to stop the run by keeping eight players in the box so big plays in the passing game could be pivotal.

Eaton had a lot of success against the Tigers earlier in the year, passing for 328 yards of offense in a 42-41 Erie win.

Here’s a breakdown of each team by position, with jersey numbers and pertinent statistics:

Coaches

Olathe: Ryan Corn, 5th year, 37-20

Erie: Larry Gartrell, 13th year, 73-66.

Offense

Quarterbacks

Olathe

No. 9, Garhett Jurgens, Jr., 5-7, 136

Passing: 25-41-458 3 TDs, 1 Int.

Rushing: 61-374, 11 TDs

Erie

No. 11, Mike Chambers, Sr., HB, 5-8, 155

Passing: 26-38-420 Yds 5 TDs, 0 Int.

Rushing: 133-919 Yds, 14 TDs

Backfield

Olathe

No. 40, David Rhodes, Sr., HB, 5-9, 213

Rushing: 268-2,255, 29 TDs

No. 35, Marvin Rivera, Sr., FB, 5-10, 175

Rushing: 147-1164, 12 TDs

No. 33, Dylan Markley, Jr., HB, 5-6, 150

Rushing: 44-560, 5 TDs

Erie

No. 3, Steffan Higgins, Sr., HB, 5-10, 160

Rushing: 56-280 Yds, 3 TDs

No. 33, Alex Ortega, Sr., HB, 5-10, 165

Rushing: 246-2126 Yds, 36 TDs

No. 35, Greg Reese, Jr., FB, 6-0, 170

Rushing: 53-341 yds, 7 TDs

Receivers

Olathe

No. 7, Chris Brummitt, Sr., TE, 6-2, 192

Receiving: 8-155, 0 TDs

No. 33, Dylan Markley, Jr., HB, 5-6, 150

Rushing: 14-269, 3 TDs

Erie

No. 8, Ryan Hawkins, Sr., TE, 6-3, 210

Receiving: 9-194 Yds, 2 TDs

No. 82, JC Bartley, Jr., TE, 6-4, 190

1-11 yds, 0 TDs

Offensive Line

Olathe

No. 63, Tyler Hawk, Sr., C, 5-10, 254

No. 55, Seb Wollert, Jr., LG, 5-8, 218

No. 64, Eduardo Ramirez, Sr., LT, 5-8, 218

No. 53, Colby Corey, Jr. RG, 5-9, 231

No. 58, Andrew Steckel, Sr., RT, 5-11, 285

Erie

No. 54, Cody Smith, Sr., LT, 6-0, 200.

No. 66, Joel Davis, Sr., LG, 6-3, 180

No. 51, Justin Godfrey, So., C, 6-3, 215

No. 68, Dalton Smith, Sr., RG, 6-2, 235

No. 50, Austin Elzinga, Jr., RT, 6-0, 180.

Defensive starters

Defensive line

Note: Olathe Defensive stats not available

Olathe

No. 40, David Rhodes, Sr., DE, 5-9, 213

No. 35, Marvin Rivera, Sr., NG, 5-10, 175

No. 51, JD Jimenez, Sr., DE, 6-0, 199

Erie

No. 58, Thomas Carpenter, Jr., DT, 6-0, 245

No. 79, Cees Doxsey, Sr, DT, 6-2, 280,

No. 71, Brandyn Neumann, Jr., NG, 6-2, 285

Linebackers

Olathe

No. 7, Chris Brummitt, Sr., ILB, 6-2, 192

No. 89, Camren Harris, Jr., MLB, 5-11, 206

No. 34, Kyle Piatt, So., ILB, 5-10, 170.

No. 33, Dylan Markley, Jr., OLB, 5-6, 150

No. 46, Curtis McCormick, Jr., OLB, 5-9, 162

ERIE

No. 54, Cody Smith, Sr., RRover, 6-0, 200

Tackles: 25. Sacks: 1. Int: O.

No. 55, Robert Newell, Jr., ROLB, 6-1, 215

Tackles: 38. Sacks: 0. Int: 0.

No. 45, Stephen Boyd, Sr., MLB, 5-7,185

Tackles: 33. Sacks: 1. Int: 1.

No. 52, Adam Wiest, Sr., LOLB, 5-10, 160

Tackles: 52. Sacks: 0. Int: 1.

No. 40, Billy Ilko, So., LRover, 6-3, 220

Tackles: 36. Sacks: 3. Int: 0.

Secondary

Olathe

No. 9, Garhett Jurgens, Jr., CB, 5-7, 136

No. 23, Zachary Stansberry, Jr., S, 5-11, 178

No. 39, Kris Nieto, Jr., CB, 5-7, 147

Erie

No. 34, Cameron Torrez, Sr., RCB, 5-6, 140

Tackles: 17. Sacks: 0. Int: 2.

No. 1, Tyler Chase, Sr., S, 5-7, 125

Tackles: 12. Sacks: 0. Int: 1.

No. 3, Steffan Higgins, Sr., LCB, 5-10, 160


Tackles: 6. Sacks: 0. Int: 1.

Special Teams

Punter

Olathe

No. 23, Zachary Stansberry, Jr., 5-11, 178

Erie

No. 8, Ryan Hawkins, Sr., 6-3, 210

Place Kicker

Olathe

No. 16, Sergio Salazar, Fr., 5-7, 149

FG: 0-0. PAT: 39-45


Erie

No. 8, Ryan Hawkins, Sr., 6-3, 210

FG: 1-1. PAT: 52-63

Kick Returners

Olathe

No. 33, Dylan Markley, Jr., 5-6, 150

ERIE

No. 3, Steffan Higgins, Sr., 5-10, 160


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