SM East, Miege football players rake in post-season honors

SM East's Gunnar Englund was named the Sunflower League's top quarterback by blogger Eli Underwood. SM Photo by Gracie Guignon.
SM East’s Gunnar Englund was named the Sunflower League’s top quarterback by blogger Eli Underwood. SM Photo by Gracie Guignon.

The season may be over…but the awards just keep piling in for members of the SM East and Bishop Miege football teams. The names of standout Lancers and Stags pepper many of the All-State and All-Metro honors lists released over the past week. They include:

VarsityKansas.com All-Class Teams:

6A First Team: James Woolridge, SM East, offensive line; Kyle Ball, SM East, defensive end

4A-1 First Team: Brandon Gonzalez, Miege, offensive line; Ryan Willis, Miege, quarterback; Dawson Downing, Miege, running back; Kaelin Key, Miege, defensive line; Mark Ogren, Miege, linebacker.

6A Honorable Mention: Will Kasier, SM East, offensive line; Gunnar Englund, SM East, quarterback; Wyatt Edmisten, SM East, running back; Sam Huffman, SM East, defensive back; Charley White, SM East, defensive back.

4A-1 Honorable Mention: Colin Grunhard, Miege, offensive line; Jafar Armstrong, Miege, wide receiver; Sean Galey, Miege, kicker; CJ Grunhard, Miege, linebacker.’

See the full list from VarsityKansas.com here.

Elite 81 teams from 810Varsity.com:

First team honorees: Ryan Willis, Miege, quarterback; Dawson Downing, Miege, running back; Jafar Armstrong, Miege, wide receiver; James Wooldridge, SM East, offensive line; Kyle ball, SM East, defensive line; Mark Ogren, Miege, linebacker

Second team honorees: Gunnar Englund, SM East, quarterback; Brandon Gonzalez, Miege, offensive line

See the full list from 810Varsity.com here.

Underwood’s Sunflower League Elite Eleven Teams:

Sunflower Football League Blogger Eli Underwood named his “Elite Eleven” first and second teams for the 2014 season, including the following northeast Johnson County players among his first team:

Andre Maloney Award for Sunflower League Most Valuable Player: Kyle Ball, SM East. Say’s Sunflower League Football Blog editor Eli Underwood of Ball: “ Arguably the league’s most dominant defender since Mike Rivera, Ball was the centerpiece of SM East’s 24-2 record the past two seasons, which is something you don’t often hear about a defensive end. For his career, Ball recorded 272 tackles and more than 20 sacks. In the past two seasons alone he had 65 tackles for loss. With an offer in hand from Kansas, expect the defensive specimen to add to his legacy in the FBS ranks.”

Gunnar Englund, SM East, quarterback: “Englund managed SM East’s intricate flexbone offense for a total of 17 starts between his junior and senior seasons, and finished with a 16-1 record (.941), which is the highest winning percentage of any league quarterback with at least 15 starts in the modern era. Needless to say, the bar has been set very high for SM East’s future signal-callers.”

Nick Perez, SM North, wide receiver: “Perez’ team might have only won two games, but the senior would have started for any team in the league — and done well. Offensively he had 446 more receiving yards and five morereceiving touchdowns than the league’s second best statistical receiver.”

James Wooldridge, SM East, offensive tackle: “It’s not often you see a starting offensive tackle around the league who barely stands six-foot tall and needs a five-course meal to hit the 210-pound mark. It’s even more rare when a kid of that stature is a First Team All-League selection by the coaches in back-to-back seasons. Wooldridge wasn’t a behemoth, but his performance suggested otherwise.”

Second Eleven honorees: Wyatt Edmisten, SM East, fullback; Charley White, SM East, wide receiver.

See Underwood’s full list here.