Two years ago, the Raytown Bluejays won five football games for the first time in 23 years.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Their wait to do it again was much shorter this time around.
Raytown matched that number with a 5-6 record in the regular season last year before losing to Fort Osage in the playoffs and that record was achieved after losing their first three games. Not bad, sure, but not good enough for a team that has its sights set on a winning record.
Taking that next step, of course, will require a better start to the season.
"That's one of our big things we're focusing on this year," coach Kevin Page said. "We have to do things early in the season and get things going and make make people take a little notice."
The Bluejays picked an intriguing time to up the ante. Only four starters return for the offense and only three for the defense, but Page is pleased with what they do, especially in the offensive backfield. Once again they will run a pro-style offense featuring multiple I-formations. That's a grind-it-out style that suits running backs, and Raytown has the backs to run with the football.
Junior Josh Drake is back after carrying the load last season, and junior Markel Robinson will be added to the mix. Junior Joe Straws will start at quarterback for the second straight year.
"I think he's going to have a more productive year in his second year starting," Page said of Straws. "We've asked him to take on a lot more."