The Labette County Grizzlies are gearing up for an action-packed 2023 season. With an array of returning players and a strong coaching staff, the team is looking to make a mark in the SEK league and beyond.

Team Overview:
Labette County Grizzlies
Nickname: Grizzlies
Colors: Red & Gold
Classification: 4A
League/Conference: SEK
Head Coach: Sean Price
Years as HC at School: 9
Total Coaching Years: 32
Team Twitter: @LCGrizzlyFB

Last Season Recap:
In 2022, the Grizzlies finished with a 2-7 overall record and a 2-2 record in the league. Despite the challenges, the team showcased young talent development and the dedication of their seniors.

Key Players:

  • Kendall Holtzman (SR, QB): Completed 139 out of 222 passes for 2166 yards and 21 touchdowns.
  • Zavier Phillips (SR, WR): Gained 178 yards before an early injury.
  • Jamaal Jackson (SO, RB): Rushed for 306 yards.
  • Tayton Clairbourn (SO, LB): A standout linebacker.
  • Roper Whitley (JR, LB): Contributed significantly on defense.
  • Keagan Bates (SO, WR/FS): Played a versatile role in offense and defense.

Team Strengths and Goals:
The Grizzlies are enthusiastic and ready to play with unwavering determination. They’re aiming for the SEK Title and the opportunity to host a playoff game. Coach Price and the team are focused on improvement and working together to overcome challenges, particularly in terms of depth.

Newcomers and Leadership:
While the team is welcoming new players, the leadership mantle rests on the seniors, who are expected to guide both on and off the field. The team’s unity is a driving force that propels them forward.

Game Plan and Changes:
The Grizzlies will continue to use a spread offensive scheme and a 4-2-5 defensive scheme. They’ll be navigating the season without some valuable seniors from last year’s roster, which poses a significant change for the team.

As Labette County High School’s Grizzlies step onto Lucas Field for the 2023 season, the players and coaching staff are fired up and ready to make their mark. With dedication, skill, and teamwork, they’re aiming high and preparing to face any challenges that come their way.