Kansas Pregame has partnered with the Kansas Football Coaches Association to provide capsules for their Top 11 and Coach of the Year picks. The team consists of 11 players and an overall Coach of the Year which were nominated from each classification's KFBCA All-State teams and voted on by coaches at the annual KFBCA All-State meeting December 9th in Wichita.
Note, the teams are composed of seniors only and only players from dues paying members of the association are considered. The KFBCA is composed of only 11-Man coaches. The 8-Man coaches operate a separate Kansas Eight-Man Football Coaches Association.
Elliott Strahm, Sabetha, 6-2, 270, DL
One of the best defensive players in all classes, Strahm was the driving force for a team that won consecutive 3A titles. A four-year starter and state champion heavyweight wrestler, Strahm recorded 43 tackles with three sacks and a punt block this season, but perhaps more importantly demanded the attention of Sabetha opponents with double teams and schemes altered by his presence.
In addition to the KFBCA recognition Strahm earned Top 11 honors in both The Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle. The Kansas Pregame coverboy is a Shrine Bowl Selection, twice was named the SportsinKansas Defensive Player of the Year for class 3A, and is currently the top ranked wrestler in 3-2-1A’s 285 pound class.
Sabetha coach Garrett Michael on Strahm: “He is a great football player, but even a better kid off the field. He played a huge role in Sabetha winning back-to-back State Championships. He was one of the pillars of our defense, if opponents didn’t double team him he’d be in the play and if they did double team him then one of our linebackers or safeties would be freed up to make the play. His work ethic in the summer and in the weight room is second to none.”
Nemaha Central coach Warren Seitz on Strahm: “Elliott's strength and leverage make him a great player. He plays with a low pad level which makes it difficult for high school linemen to move him.”