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Kacperska ready to step up -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

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Wichita State's Wessel, Carter chosen for MVC's Most-Improved Team -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

TV analyst Mark Adams loves the MVC -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Bills get their workhorse back in LeSean McCoy -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Perry Ellis will miss regular season finale -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Kansas rallies, wins Big 12 outright -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Wildcats have shot at tourney? -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Lehman, Hobson collect MIAA honors -3/4/2015, 1:44 PM

Two headed to nationals for Tiger track -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

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Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

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Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

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Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

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Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

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K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

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Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

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No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

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VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

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Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

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HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

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TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

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Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

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Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

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Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

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Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

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Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

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Game of the Week: Cheylin's size creates problems

Published on -10/1/2012, 12:43 PM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

cnicholl@dailynews.net

REXFORD -- Bird City-Cheylin High School senior Joshua Keltz is 6-foot-7, 225 pounds and the son of veteran Cougar coach Max Keltz. He has been surrounded by the Cheylin football program his entire life and his older brother, Caleb, was the Cougars' former all-state quarterback. Keltz, one of Cheylin's team captains, exudes a calm demeanor similar to his father.

Senior Ruben Razo is 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, the Cougars' fire hydrant-esque nose guard and fullback. Razo brings a constant smile and energy and is known on the team for his dancing skills. He struggled with football earlier in his career and left the program.

Keltz and Razo have changed positions this season -- and have been key players for the Cougars, including solid performances in Friday's 36-6 road win against Rexford-Golden Plains.

Keltz picked up a team-high 4.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks. Used as a pass-catching end for the first time in his career, Keltz collected two catches for a team-high 47 yards.

He also averaged 33.3 yards on four punts, including a 43-yarder that went out of bounds inside the Golden Plains' 15-yard line.

"It's a matchup problem, it really is," Golden Plains coach Travis Smith said. "We are not very big. Even if we would try to spread somebody out, especially with him -- without being able to double him, which we tried to do a lot tonight -- we just couldn't get it done. Physicality of the game, especially the second half. We just didn't match it."

Keltz helped the Cougars shut out Golden Plains in the second half and delivered the fourth strong defensive game for Cheylin this year. Cheylin (3-2, 2-1 in Eight-Man Division II, District 6) has outscored opponents 112-104 against the classification's ninth-hardest schedule, according to preppowerindex.com. Cheylin is tied for 39th in the 50-team classification in scoring offense, but is 10th in scoring defense.

"We get to the ball pretty well, and our defensive front is pretty strong," Coach Keltz said. "We emphasize defense a lot, because our offense has been sputtering, and we just kind of have to stop them if we want to win."

Razo had three carries for 16 yards, caught a 13-yard pass and opened holes for 210 rushing yards and 328 total yards. He also assisted on a tackle for loss and recorded a quarterback hurry.

"He means quite a bit, because he gets the job done, and he is fast enough to get to the ball, and fast enough to break right through," Josh Keltz said.

As a freshman and sophomore, Razo didn't finish the season. Last year, he started at nose guard all year for an 8-2 team that won a second straight district title.

"It's been great," Razo said. "Freshman and sophomore year, it was just not my thing. I was just pretty small, so I was scared, but junior year, I got built up, and I was just ready. I knew I was ready, and I just wanted to help the team, and the school out."

"He just caught on," coach Keltz said. "Last year, he was very strong. This year, he is definitely one of the kids that gets us places."

Coach Keltz wasn't pleased how Cheylin, long-known for smash mouth option football, was running the ball earlier this year.

The Cougars averaged just 141 rushing yards per game in the first four weeks. Cheylin had 90 total rushing yards in two losses to Atwood (22-14 in Week 2) and a 50-6 Week 4 defeat to Wallace County, ranked No. 2 in Eight-Man, Division II in the statewide media poll. Starting senior tailback Adam Orten is out for the year with an injury.

Keltz made several backfield changes for Golden Plains, including moving Razo to fullback. Razo said he had the "biggest smile" on his face when the coaches told him he would move to fullback.

"Just getting a head start and just hitting people," Razo said. "It's just the physical of it. You don't have to stand there and wait for the play to be over. You're the play. You have to go and block and do pretty good."

Razo helped Cheylin enjoy its second-most total yards of the season.

During the game, "I heard him saying that he had a couple pancakes or something," Cheylin senior quarterback Kenan Reeh. "He was stoked this week in practice when they told them that he was going to be fullback. ... He has the size and he is in good enough shape for a big guy that he can fill out that position the rest of the year."

Keltz had a solid 2011 with 40 tackles, two sacks, 13 pancake blocks and one catch for 36 yards. During the summer, Keltz lifted weights and improved.

"That big of kid, takes him awhile to get to that point," coach Keltz said. "He is just getting a little more coordinated, a little more athletic."

Plus, Cheylin made Keltz a pass-catching threat, a position he enjoys. He has 10 catches for 150 yards and two scores. He is second to junior Walker Janicke is catches and receiving yards and tied for first in receiving TDs. In the first month, he delivered 41 tackles. As well, he already has four sacks this year.

"(Dad) expects a lot from me, and in return, he makes you better athlete," Keltz said.

After the game, Cheylin took a quick bus ride to the Golden Plains' gym and locker room to change. Keltz had a slight smile, while Razo wore a beaming grin and did a quick shimmy as he walked to the gym.

"It's nothing against anybody," Razo said. "We were just happy, and I just wanted to dance. I am the dancer of the team. They were like, 'Dance,' (and) I'm like, 'OK, fine.' "

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