See 27 state titles in this city's history to back that up.
Still, there are reasons why it might be a good idea for an athlete to choose football over basketball when it comes to his career.
• More coverage. While I try to pound the hell out of high school basketball, football is still the king for other media outlets. There are high school football games broadcast on 610, 810 and a handful of Websites around these parts are dedicated solely to high school football. There's certainly less coverage for high school basketball.
• It's easier to be recruited. More kids can be diamond in the rough types in football than basketball. Sumner Academy Sabres head coach Todd Wassmann was telling me that Kansas State Wildcats commit Vernon Vaughn only decided to play football a few years ago. Former Wyandotte Bulldogs offensive lineman Denzel Dickerson is now with Butler Community College, one of the top JUCO programs in the nation. He played just one season and his commitment to a top JUCO was one of the better feel good stories in KCK last year. Very, very rarely have I seen a kid pick up a basketball and do the same thing. For example, my pal Tra'Vaughn had been playing for years before starting varsity at Washington.
• To ducktail that point – there's more of an opportunity. It's simple math, my athletic friends. On the football field, there are 11 guys. On the basketball court, there are five guys. One seems larger to me. You don't need a degree from an Ivy League School to figure that out.
• It's kind of cheaper. There's equipment, sure. But there's no cross country AAU trips like you see in basketball. There's no summer traveling. AAU and summer leagues are a factor in football, but not nearly as much as it is in basketball. Overtime, it's cheaper for a family to invest in football than basketball.
Though KCK will never be a football town, there's no reason for athletes to not play the sport.
There are A LOT more opportunities to get discovered by coaches and scouting services in football.