By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com
There are nine weeks in the football regular season, meaning there's not really a mid-season point since nine is an odd number.
The Wednesday leading up to the fifth week is the best I can do.
Here are my midseason awards in terms of Kansas City, Kan., football this year.
Offensive Player of the Year: J'veyon Browning, Schlagle
This award is going to be very tough to pick come the end of the season. You have tremendous candidates. But right now, give me J'veyon Browning at Schlagle. He's well on his way to another 1,000-yard season and he has 11 touchdowns through four games. He's hit the 2,000-yard career milestone this year and if he remains healthy, 3,000 yards should happen too. Browning is one of many candidates that are decent picks here.
Jordan Jackson at Bonner Spring is very valuable to his team, along with Piper's Paul Jones. Basehor-Linwood's Drew Potter has almost carried the offense at times. Wyandotte's Dimonic McKinzy has lived up to the hype so far and you could even make a case for Turner's Paul Berry since the Golden Bears are a different team with him in the lineup.
Regardless, it's a very tough pick. Right now, Browning is my guy.
Defensive Player of the Year: Keaton Cofield, Piper
I'm sticking with Cofield despite him committing two really dumb 15-yard penalties against Bonner Springs. Cofield is one of a handful of Pirates on defense who could earn the award, as Colton Beebe, Blake Martin and Matt McDonald have all been valuable too.
Ben Johnson at Basehor-Linwood is having a very nice season from the defensive end position and Tyler Howell has been a force for Bonner Springs as well.
Trevon Wallace at Schlagle is another candidate worth considering, but I'll stick with Cofield right now. He's made some big plays this season for the Pirates and he leads the team in pass deflections.
Coach of the Year: Chris Brindle, Piper
I know picking the person you voted for last year is not the funnest of choices, but I'll take Brindle for two reasons. First, the huge victory against Basehor-Linwood. The Basehor monkey was taken off Piper's backs with that win and that's the win that could take a program from good to great. Second, Piper's schedule has been brutal. Yet, the Pirates are 3-1 and right in the Kaw Valley League race.
I also have to give a tip of the hat to Lucas Aslin at Bonner Springs. The Braves lost 37 touchdowns from last year's team and the Braves are 3-1 to begin the season. They have a huge test against Mill Valley this week and if Bonner Springs competes and perhaps pulls a pretty big upset, Aslin could easily take the award away.
Washington's Bryan Salsgiver also deserves a bit of a plug here, too. Washington had not started 2-0 in the Kansas City Kansas - Atchison League since 2008. They have this year and the new coach deserves some credit.
I just think Piper's had a much tougher road to 3-1 and for that, give me Brindle.
Game of the Year: Bonner Springs at Piper
Newcomer of the Year: Dimonic McKinzy, Wyandotte
McKinzy's led the Wyandotte Bulldogs to their best start in years and he's proving why he's a Division 1 caliber athlete. McKinzy makes plays in both the passing and rushing game for the Bulldogs. He's also one heck of a cornerback who can deliver a hit. McKinzy is a special player and I look forward to watching him against Schlagle this week.
Another new quarterback in KCK who's made an impact for a team is Kalem Harrison. Harrison has seven touchdown passes this season for the Washington Wildcats a year after the team only threw four. Harrison makes some bad choices sometimes, but he's just a sophomore and he's already added a new dimension to the team. He's a bit of a raw quarterback, but he's demonstrated his abilities in two wins this season.
Breakout Player: Lloyd Stanfield, Washington
Stanfield after four games has built a really good case of being one of our choices as an all KCK Preps wide receiver choice. Stanfield and Harrison have become a nice combination early on and Stanfield is having a bit of a breakout season late in his high school career. Perhaps it's the new offense that's helping. Maybe it's the quarterback. Whatever's the case, Stanfield is making some plays for the Wildcats and he deserves to be acknowledged for them.
Upset of the Year: Washington defeating Atchison
Outside of fans at Washington High School, did anyone see that coming? I didn't. This upset was magnified even more after Atchison took care of Wyandotte on the road last week.
Freshman of the Year: Jahron McPherson, Basehor-Linwood
McPherson has made some nice plays in special teams this season for the Bobcats, but has also played some defense and offense. He scored a touchdown in the team's opening win against Bishop Ward and the fans out in Basehor are already hyping him up as the next Bobcats star.