Picks to Click -- Week 2

Coffeyville's James Newton (13) makes a catch over two defenders. (Photo by David Jackson)
By: John Baetz; Dion Clisso; Matt Gilmore; Chet Kuplen; Conor Nicholl; Mark Schremmer
Sep 11, 2013

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In our Picks to Click, we feature six players or units from across the state that we feel will have breakout performances on Friday night. This season we’ve assembled a team of six media members across the state to each select one player (or unit) each week.  We will track the cumulative statistics of our selections throughout the season similar to fantasy scoring.  Check back next Thursday to see our picks for week three, and how the players performed that we picked the week prior. See the bottom of this article for details.

Hutchinson O-Line  (Gilmore)

Expectations are always high at Hutchinson, but the Salthawks entered the 2013 season with just four returning starters on offense.  That lack of experience didn’t necessarily show in a 42-31 victory over Salina Central last week.  Led by their only returning starter up front, Cole Cruz (6-0, 278), the Hutch offensive line paved the way for 570 yards rushing on 70 carries.  The Salthawks should have another big night on the ground this week against a Haysville Campus team that Hutchinson ran for 450 yards against last season.

Dailin Kruger, QB, Silver Lake   (Schremmer)

A quarterback named Kruger is having success as at Silver Lake. Who would have guessed? Dailin Kruger follows a long line of family members who have taken snaps for C.J. Hamilton's Eagles. He already has passed for more than 3,300 yards in his career. Last week, Kruger completed 7 of 9 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 67 yards and a touchdown in a win over Wabaunsee. Expect Kruger to have another big game at home against Neodesha.

James Newton, WR/DB/Ret, Coffeyville-Field Kindley   (Kuplen)

Newton (5-11, 150), the two-time defending 4A champion in the 100 meter dash, is one of the top overall three sport athletes in Kansas. This is a guy who has the ability to take it to the house any time he touches the pigskin. He had a huge opening week game with 188 all-purpose yards, including five catches for 138 yards and a TD on offense. On defense he also picked up an interception, which he returned for 15 yards. Coffeyville shouldn't have trouble against the struggling Parsons Viking's on Friday and expect Newton's numbers to be just as good as last week. Only problem, he may only play one half in this match-up.

Ryan Perkins, QB/DB, Southern Cloud   (Baetz)

Southern Cloud is fielding their best team in several seasons thanks to the return of five senior starters, especially quarterback/defensive back Ryan Perkins. After passing for 632 yards and rushing for 382 more and accounting for 20 total touchdowns in 2012, Perkins (5-10, 160) has picked up right where he left off with 203 passing yards, completing 14 of 20 attempts with four touchdowns in last week's season opening win over Frankfort.

Perkins is also a force on defense, accounting for 160 tackles and four interceptions in 2012 earning him Kpreps all-state honors. In Friday night's win over Frankfort he tallied 20 total stops and a passed defensed. A very good St. John's Beloit team may be too much for the Warriors this week, but Perkins will continue his assault on the tackles chart and could help keep the game closer than the experts think.

Jason Randall, RB, Leavenworth   (Clisso)

Randall had more than 1,000 yards last year and is one of the better backs in the Kansas City Metro. After being bottled up by a dominant Shawnee Mission East defense in the first game look for Randall to break out against Shawnee Mission North. Leavenworth returns a lot of its offensive line and it should be able to move the ball better this week than last.

Kenton Ubelaker, RB/KR/PR, Osborne   (Nicholl)

Ubelaker helped Osborne deliver another huge offensive performance in a 64-38 road victory against WaKeeney-Trego Community. Osborne went up 42-14 at halftime and led 58-20 at the end of three quarters. Ubelaker rushed for 104 yards and two scores, collected five punt returns for 226 yards and two TDs and returned a kickoff 78 yards for another score. Overall, Ubelaker accounted for 340 total yards. Ubelaker finished with 2,140 all-purpose yards for a 6-3 Bulldog team in 2012. Osborne faces Hill City on Friday.


Week One’s Picks to Click results (scoring):

Alex Barnes, RB, Pittsburg – Barnes rushed nine times for 191 yards and three touchdowns and also returned a fumble 62 yards for another score in the Purple Dragons’ 42-2 win over Labette County. (Kuplen – 37 pts)

Alex Delton, QB, Hays – Delton passed for 73 yards and a touchdown and added 22 yards and a score on the ground before leaving with a pulled groin.  The Indians beat Junction City 27-22.   (Nicholl – 21 pts)

Hanover O-Line – The Wildcat line helped produce 340 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns as part of their 48-0 win over Linn. (Baetz – 27 pts)

Marais des Cygnes Valley O-Line – The Trojan line produced 157 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in a 54-0 shutout of Hartford.  (Schremmer – 18 pts)

Ryan Ralston, QB, Blue Valley West – Ralston passed for 118 yards and two scores, and rushed for two more scores in the Jaguars 35-7 win over Washburn Rural.  (Clisso – 35 pts)

J. T. Rosine, QB/S, Centralia – Rosine rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown and passed for 100 yards and another score as the Panthers defeated St. Marys, 16-0.  (Gilmore – 26 pts)


2013 Picks to Click contributors:

John Baetz, Kansas Pregame Magazine

Dion Clisso, PrepsKC.com

Matt Gilmore, Kpreps.com

Chet Kuplen, Kansas-Sports.com & @sportsinkansas

Conor Nicholl, Hays Daily News

Mark Schremmer, Joplin Globe


2013 Picks to Click

- The objective will be to have the most cumulative points over the course of the season.

- Participants may select a quarterback, running back, WR/TE, offensive line or a defensive player each week.

- Everyone must pick a WR/TE, offensive line and defensive player at least once.

- Points will be rewarded only for the player's offensive or defensive stats, depending on how you designate the player that week. For instance, if you pick a running back then you will not receive any of his points for defense.

Scoring system


- 1 point for every 10 yards passing, rushing or receiving from a quarterback, running back or wide receiver

- 6 points for every passing, rushing or receiving touchdown

Offensive line

- 1 point for every 50 yards gained as an offense

- 3 points for every offensive touchdown

Defensive player

- 2 points for every tackle

- 4 points for every INT, sack or fumble recovery

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