Denney rushed for 190 yards and 3 touchdowns last Friday against Harrisonville.
NEVADA, Mo. – Nevada senior Kaden Denney is finishing his high school career the right way.
“I’m very fortunate,” Denney says, “I’m very fortunate that I got to finish this season.”
Denney missed all of last season due to injury.
He was on the sideline while the Tigers finished 0-an-10 overall last year, and also missed three games in the middle of this season.
“I think that was tough on him, to be unable to play and unable to do anything to help us,” Beachler says of Denney being sidelined last year.
“It put me up for football and basketball, then COVID ended track. I didn’t get to play a single sport last year,” Denney says of his injury, “I put in a lot of work in the weight room and outside of school to try to keep my speed, keep my size. It was a really long process for me.”
Denney is finishing his career on a high note.
He rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns last Friday, helping the Tigers win their playoff opener over Harrisonville.
“I think he’s one of those young men that’s a once every five-to-ten years talent,” Beachler says, “He’s got good speed, he’s also a physical runner for his size, and he’s just explosive.”
The team is now 7-3 overall and in the district semifinals, one year after going winless.
Coach Beachler credits Denney and the rest of the leaders on the team for the turnaround.
“They keep practice upbeat. They keep it pretty intense,” Beachler adds of the leaders, “They police each other. We don’t have to say a whole lot when practice starts to get a little bit flat. They pick it up on their own.”
Being back on the field is already a success for Denney.
Winning Friday and having a chance to play for a district title would be icing on the cake.
“I think it would mean a lot to everybody,” Denney says of the possibility of advancing to the district championship, “I can’t remember the last time Nevada has been to a district championship. I can remember the last time they’ve been that far in the playoffs. I think it would mean a lot to coach Beechler, to this team and probably even more to the community.”
Nevada will travel to Jefferson City to face Helias Catholic on Friday, with the winner advancing to the Class 4 District 6 championship game.