High-SchoolFootball: Staley (Mo.)

FAB 50 Offseason Primer: Staley

June, 6, 2012
Trent HosickTom Hauck/ESPNHSJunior quarterback and Missouri commit Trent Hosick guided Staley (Kansas City, Mo.) to its first state title this past fall.
During the offseason, we’ll check out one team per week that looks like a sure bet to be among the best in the nation this fall.

FAB 50 Offseason Primer archive

This week’s team: Staley (Kansas City, Mo.)

2011 Season: 14-0, Class 5 state champion, No. 12 in final Midlands Region rankings.

Projected 2012 Preseason Ranking: Top 50. While the Falcons didn’t win the highest division in Missouri’s Show-Me Bowl last December, they made a strong case that they were the state’s top overall squad. Not only were they unbeaten, but they posted a win against Blue Springs (Mo.) early in the season and Blue Springs was a team that also notched a win early in the season against Class 6 state champion Blue Springs (Mo.) South (Blue Springs, Mo.). This year’s Staley team once again will feature the talents of Trent Hosick (6-2, 220), one of the top-ranked quarterbacks in the nation. A Missouri commit, Hosick rushed for 2,403 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior and passed for 1,422 yards and 10 scores.

Team Strengths: Hosick’s return automatically makes the Falcons a choice to be one of Missouri’s best teams for this fall. He has committed to Missouri after getting offers from most schools from the Big 12 and Big Ten. For the team to repeat and be higher in the rankings, however, a replacement will need to step up for graduated standout Morgan Steward. He rushed for 2,226 yards and scored 36 times in his senior season. A good bet to become that feature back is Tre Childs, who averaged nearly eight yards per carry as a backup. Another plus will be the return of all-state offensive lineman Austin White. The defense also could be in rebuilding mode and will need some younger players, including sophomore linebacker Parker Mertz, who played varsity as a freshman, to become team leaders.

Another Missouri team to watch: Webb City (Mo.) begins 2012 as a two-time defending Class 4 state champion and with on a 30-game winning streak. It’s hard to tell how the Cardinals would fare against bigger schools, but early in the season they are going up against Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.), a solid Class 7A program from Arkansas. This year’s team at Webb City also is loaded with returning standouts, led by running back Phoenix Johnson, who rushed for 1,920 yards and scored 33 touchdowns last fall. Three others who earned Class 4A all-state honors as juniors are defensive lineman Jose Speer, kicker Alex Easley, linebacker Nate Brown and tight end Kohl Slaughter.

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

November, 22, 2011
video (After games of Nov. 17-19)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.


Pete Coughlin, Upper St. Clair (Upper St. Clair, Pa.)
In a game that featured as many as eight Division I commits between the two rosters, Upper St. Clair upset POWERADE FAB 50 No. 13 and previously unbeaten Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) 28-14 thanks to an unlikely star performance among so many proven stars on the field. With starting quarterback Dakota Conwell out of the crucial WPIAL AAAA playoff battle due to injury, first-time starter Coughlin, a junior, finished with 209 yards rushing on 21 carries, including an epic 73-yard dash that turned the momentum of the game. He also threw a clutch 25-yard touchdown pass that sealed the pivotal win and put his team into a rematch of last year's AAAA final with North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa) next Saturday. Reports suggest that Coughlin was so nervous during the tense game that he got sick early in the first half, but it didn't show on the field.


Rayshawn Jenkins, Admiral Farragut (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
This 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior was used at tailback for the first time this season and responded with 356 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries as the 10-1 Bluejackets handed Evangelical Christian (Fort Myers, Fla.) its first loss with a 48-24 victory in the Class 2A state playoffs. He scored on runs of 76, 50 and 80 yards. Jenkins, who has committed to the University of Miami and participated in Champion Gridiron Kings last summer, normally plays wide receiver and defensive back. But this isn’t the first time that Jenkins has dominated Evangelical Christian in the postseason as a running back — he ran for 249 yards in a playoff win last year.


Leo Musso, Waunakee (Waunakee, Wis.)
This 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior workhorse running back led the Warriors to their third straight Division 2 state title and their 36th straight win in a 45-0 rout of Waterford (Waterford, Wis.). Musso rushed 27 times for 181 yards and four touchdowns to break the previous D-2 state title game record and he tied the all-division state final standard. Musso scored on runs of 28, 41, 4 and 27 yards. He already has been selected first team All-Class, All-State by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association. Prior to this season, Musso showcased his considerable athleticism by earning the top SPARQ rating (120.27) at the Nike SPARQ Combine in Chicago last March.


Trent Hosick, Staley (Kansas City, Mo.)
In probably the wildest game in the nation this week and one of the wildest in Missouri state playoff history, Hosick paced the unbeaten Falcons to a 76-70 win in four overtimes over Lee’s Summit West (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) in the Class 5 state semifinals. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior, who could be the top junior quarterback prospect in the state, rushed 40 times for 261 yards and scored six touchdowns. He also completed 6-of-10 passes for 110 yards and one score. For the season, Hosick has rushed for 1,963 yards and 27 touchdowns and has passed for 1,331 yards and 10 TDs. With the win, Hosick’s team advanced to this weekend’s Show-Me Bowl for the Class 5 championship against Kirkwood (Kirkwood, Mo.) at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.


Chase Hansen, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
Playing on the same Rice-Eccles Stadium turf in which he’ll play in college for the University of Utah, this 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior quarterback concluded a fantastic season by leading the Knights past Fremont (Plain City, Utah) 41-21 in the Class 5A state championship game. Hansen passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 233 yards plus two more scores. Hansen also pushed his final season totals to 3,066 yards and 35 touchdowns through the air. As a runner, he ended with 1,404 yards and scored 16 times. With the win, Lone Peak won its first state title, completed a 14-0 season and gave the team a chance to finish in the final POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings.