Reflections On WHS 2017 Football Season

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The 2016 football season at WHS was probably one of the lowest times in the history of the program. Head Coach Paul Thomas would resign after going 2-28 and losing 25 in a row. Needless to say, the confidence level of the players and even some of the fans was at a all time low.
In his last two acts as Athletic Director, Billy Daleski would pull not one but two rabbits out of his hat. First, he would hire Head Coach Ryan Boyer, former Warsaw star quarterback away from Sedalia Smith Cotton.Boyer would also replace Daleski as the WHS Athletic Director.
Then in a somewhat stunning move, Mr. Daleski, who took over the reins as principal in the middle school, brought in Lincoln Coach Danny Morrison, who started and built the Lincoln program to a final four birth to be an assistant coach. Morrison, also a former WHS quarterback,would also replace Daleski as the WHS assistant principal
It goes without saying that both coaches wanted to come home. Their first job was to be build confidence in their players after two winless seasons. Boyer’s  first meeting with his players was in the WHS gym with former players Daleski, Jimmy Miller and Adam Howe, among others in attendance. Boyer spoke about how proud he was to have grown up in Warsaw and play for the Wildcats and Head Coach Randy Morrow. He spoke of tradition, pride and excellence. Some 40-50 boys began to show up in the weigh room and to summer voluntary practices and seven on seven scrimmages.
Pigskin Magazine predicted the Wildcats to be 2-8 on the season. Looking at the schedule, most fans thought there was three games the Wildcats could or  should win.
The first two games with Clinton and Cole Camp are natural rivalries and the kids were keyed up. So they would beat Clinton 14-12 at home. Then they defeated Cole Camp on the road 28-22 in O.T. They barely lost to California on the road 12-8. From their they faced their biggest test to date and lost to Osage 38-0. They rebounded well and beat Versailles 28-21.
Running back Eli Hawkins,who was on the cover of the BCE Sports Edition, was injured and played sparingly the rest of the season. Someone needed to step up and Junior Kieon  Davis was given the opportunity and would put on a show for the rest of the season.
Warsaw would lose in one of the highest scoring games in Missouri high school history at Eldon 82-48. Then they pulled a mild upset in defeating Hallsville 40-33. The next game was the long drive to Southern Boone and a chance to move up in district seeding and not play Lamar until the third game of district play. It wasn’t to be as they lost 47-12.
They finished the regular season at home against the second ranked team in Class 3 in Blair Oaks and lost 64-6. Then they won their first district game in several years with a home win over Cole Camp 44-14. Yea, Lamar was next and they lost 57-6.
So they ended up at 5-6 and most people around town were very pleased.
Junior Quarterback Matt Luebbert improved and was 105-506 rushing and 67-159 for 109 in the air with six interceptions and nine TD’s.
Senior running back Keegan Glenn was 155-992 yards rushing and six TD’s. Davis ended up 114-803 and ten TD’s.Senior Jayden Schepker had 27 catches for 383 yards and three TD’s.
Next season looks promising with Luebbert and Davis back. A healthy Hawkins would help on both sides of the ball. A young line gained experience this season and should improve.
We say goodbye to the seniors, Ryan Spouse, Glenn, Rayne Faulconer, Logan Neth, Cole Branson, Daryln Meldrum, Jesse Andrews, Schepker, Nate Fauquier, Tommy Robitsch and Ryan Franklin. They dealt with coaches changes, losing seasons and they never quit. Thanks guys!