DeSoto’s constant: The play of McGivern, Allen
DeSoto coach Brad Scott said after the Marysville game that his team was starting to play really well and has showed flashes of what it could be in the future.
Two individual flashes are turning into permanent spotlights Bart McGivern and Michael Allen.
On defense, junior linebacker Bart McGivern has tallied 43 tackles this season, including a school-record 15 tackles against Tonganoxie.
McGivern said the game against the Chieftains was his breakthrough performance this year.
"In the Tongie game, I thought I played quite a bit better than the other games," McGivern said.
McGivern has also had some big hits, including a sack against Marysville, but McGivern didn't think that sack was anything special.
"Everybody thought I hit him hard," he said. "I didn't think it was anything special."
Other teams must think differently. McGivern is going against more double teams as the season progresses.
And the school record would probably be a big feat for anyone, but it might be even bigger when one is in a new position.
McGivern has played defensive end most of his career. He also rotated in at defensive tackle last year.
Complementing McGivern on the other side of the ball is that back wearing No. 40.
Wildcat sophomore running back Michael Allen has continued to be the heart of the DeSoto offense. Allen racked up a career-high 235 yards on 30 carries and scored a touchdown against Immaculata Friday. The sophomore running back now has 786 yards on the season. Along with the Immac game, Allen has rushed for more than 100 yards against Marysville, Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood.
Allen is happy to have so much individual success this season, but he is more concerned with talking about what the yardage means for his team.
"It's just boosted our confidence," Allen said about his team running the ball well against Marysville.
Allen's humble presence is reiterated through his coach.
"Whether he has 10,000 yards or two yards, he'll never change," Scott said about Allen.
And while McGivern and Allen have been big contributors for the Wildcats during games, their importance doesn't stop there.
"They're two of our bigger leaders by far," Scott said.