Kpreps 6-man All State FB team announced; Moscow wins title
Two players from 2019 state champion Moscow and two players from Weskan each earned spots on the Kpreps 6-man All-State Football Team, which was announced during the Wild West Bowl event in Dodge City on Saturday.
Austin Snyder earned an offensive and defensive spot on the All-State squad, at linebacker on defense and running back on offense. Snyder, who led the Wildcats to a 52-6 win over Cheylin in the title game on Saturday, was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Snyder's teammate, Adan Granillo, was named All-State as a kick returner.
Cheylin quarterback Colin McCarty also earned a spot on offense and defense, being named All-State Quarterback and Defensive Back. McCarty was also named the 6-man Offensive MVP.
Weskan's Jace and Dalton Mackey also earned a spot on the All-State squad - Jace as the team's kicker, while Dalton was named as a receiver.
Snyder and McCarty were not the only players to receive multiple spots on the All-State team - Cheylin's Andrew Schields was named to the squad at End and Defensive Line.
Also making the squad were Harley Weese and Jaime Infante of Golden Plains, offensive lineman Jackson Henbest of Pawnee Heights, defensive lineman Derek George of Natoma and Ashland defensive back Gus Krier.
Moscow head coach Brett Harp and Cheylin's Chris Walden were named Co-Coaches of the Year.
The title game was close to start, but Moscow's defense proved to be the kryptonite for the high-powered Cheylin attack. The Wildcats held a 14-0 edge after the end of the first quarter, then scored 19 more before the Cougars would find the end zone. A defensive touchdown pushed the Moscow edge to 39-6 at the half.
Snyder scored three times during that critical stretch in the second quarter, and his Wildcat teammates added a couple of more TDs to secure the win.
Moscow won its first state title of any kind since the 1978 team won the 8-man state title. Six-man football is not a KSHSAA-sponsored sport.
The 6-man Association organized four years ago to give schools who had declining enrollments an opportunity to play football while having enough players to safely get through a season. Greeley County will join the group in 2020.
Golden Plains won a wild 90-52 contest over Weskan to take third place. It was the first win for Golden Plains in the four years of the event, while Weskan suffered its first loss in four trips.
Honorable Mention List (SWKS Players only):
Adan Granillo (6-0, 160, Jr) – LB / DB – Moscow Alex Langley (Jr) – Returner – Rolla Caden Luna (6-3, 285, Sr) – DL – Deerfield Jace Mackley (6-0, 165, Sr) – QB / LB / DB – Weskan Alonzo Martinez (Jr) – LB / DB – Rolla Mac Purvis (6-4, 170, Jr) – End / Red – Weskan