Pittsburg Purple Dragon Team Preview

Published 08/31 2012 10:28AM

Updated 08/31 2012 10:30AM

General Information
Nickname: Dragons
Colors: Purple/White
Coach: Tom Nickelson
League: Southeast Kansas
Playoff Division: 5A
Playoff Division Rank: #13

Ratings
2011 Final Power Rating: 25.2
2011 National Rank: #2353
2011 State Rank: #41
Off-Season Rating Adjustment: -5.6
2012 Starting Power Rating: 20.7
2012 National Rank: #3063
2012 State Rank: #56
Dynasty Rating (avg. rating 2003-11): 22.8
Dynasty National Rank: #1702
2012 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating: worse by 2.1
Dynasty Record: 59-31 (39-6 in league)

Team Strengths
Return All 4 LBs, More Athletic DL, Smart OL

Team Weaknesses
Graduated Top WRs, Some Inexperience On Defense

Strength of Regular-Season Schedule
2012 Rating: 11.8
2011 Rating: 18
Rating Difference: -6.2

Dragons Returning Players
Offensive Starters: 5
Defensive Starters: 5
2011 JV Record: 1-6
Starting Quarterback Returning: no
Top Running Back Returning: no
Top Receiver Returning: no
Top OL Returning: no
Top Defender Returning: yes

Top Players
1. Anthony McNeely 6'0" 200 Senior FB/LB
2. Spencer Bernhardt 6'1" 180 Senior C/QB
3. Dakota Taylor 6'3" 255 Senior OL/DT

Previous Season
2011 Overall Record:6-3
2011 League Record/Finish:5-0 (1st)
2011 Points For Average:34
2011 Points Against Average:23.9
2011 Differential:+10.1

2011 Wins
#305 - Blue Valley (Stilwell, KS) (45-35)
#3812 - Chanute (KS) (32-28)
#4559 - Fort Scott (KS) (27-14)
#6301 - Field Kindley (Coffeyville, KS) (42-18)
#7914 - Columbus (KS) (46-7)
#12043 - Labette County (Altamont, KS) (48-0)

Toughest 2012 Regular Season Opponents
Blue Valley (Stilwell, KS): 45.6
Blue Valley West (Stilwell, KS): 24.9
Blue Valley Southwest (Overland Park, KS): 23.5*

Recent League Championships
1. 2011
2. 2010
3. 2008
4. 2007

Teams from League / Conference
Pittsburg (KS)
Chanute (KS)
Independence (KS)
Field Kindley (Coffeyville, KS)
Fort Scott (KS)
Parsons (KS)
Labette County (Altamont, KS)

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