Six sign letters of intent
The senior leadership that helped push this year's Chieftain football team to its first winning season in years was recognized last Wednesday, when six players signed letters of intent to play at the college level next year.
The entire defensive line plus starting center and reserve defensive lineman Tony Miller, signed to play for Fort Scott Community College. Senior place-kicker Ryan Lowe, who kicked two field goals from farther than 50 yards out this season, signed to play with Hutchinson Community College.
Besides Miller, the defensive linemen that signed with Fort Scott were Roger Robinson, Bryan Breshears, Ronnie Crook and Jimmy Walker.
"Our senior leadership was a big part of why we were successful," said Coach Mark Elston.
Elston said that the Fort Scott signings were a reflection of the high-quality defense the team played all year.
"It says a lot for what we were able to accomplish," Elston said. "Those four starters and Tony were a big reason our defense was so outstanding."
Elston said he was happy to see his players do well following his first season as the team's coach.
"As a coach, it's great to see the kids see the benefits of hard work," he said.
Wednesday was the first day players could turn in their letters of intent to colleges.
Elston said he anticipated that one, maybe two, more of his players could sign later.