Krone becomes single-season rushing leader


Naya Jones

Senior Bryce Krone turns the corner on a top-ranked Tonganoxie team during the Homecoming game on Sept. 27.

Ethan Byers and Jackson McArthur

Over the last two games, senior running back Bryce Krone has tallied 661 rushing yards for the Braves, giving him 1,986 yards on the season and eclipsing Prentice Watson’s previous record of 1,476 yards set back in 1996. 

Krone, who leads the state in rushing and ranks within the top 20 in the nation, actually started off by playing nose tackle as a freshman for the Braves.

Krone worked his way up through the system and developed to become one of the top running backs in the state of Kansas and in the nation.

“It feels amazing that all my hard work I’ve put in throughout my high school career has paid off,” said Krone. 

Krone believes he wouldn’t have all this success running the ball and putting up these big numbers without his teammates and coaches pushing him.

“I attribute my success to my running backs coach, Prentice Watson, my offensive line and my offseason work in the weight room and on the track,” said Krone. 

Watson, who had an illustrious career for the Braves, joined the coaching staff to work as a running backs coach so he could teach players the skills he used.

“Two years ago Bryce told me it was a goal of his to break my record. I told him I’d teach him everything I knew and show him things that helped me. I’m blessed to be a part of a record-setting year and couldn’t be more proud of him,” said Watson.

Not only is it key to have a great running back, but you need a great offensive line and players on the outside to block to accumulate that many yards.

 “We are getting a great effort on every play by the offense. The offensive line is blocking well, and everybody has done their jobs at all positions,” said Offensive Coordinator David Blazevic. 

Krone and the Braves offense look to take the momentum of this record-setting regular season with them into the postseason. 

The Braves have positioned themselves into a No. 5 seed after going 6-2 in the regular season, and look to defend their home turf on Friday in a rematch with the Eudora Cardinals in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.