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Metcalfe "The Gamer," Carries Kaws to Quarterfinals
Thad Metcalfe

Coming off a junior season that saw Thad Metcalfe post 1,364 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns as well as 30 receptions for 342 yards and five more scores, nobody is surprised that he has carried a huge load and had another monster year for Perry Lecompton in 2020. Yet, what most didn't expect was that he would be thrust into the starting quarterback role because of a week three injury to All-State quarterback Billy Welch and continue to lead the Kaws without missing a beat. 

This past Friday in a second-round playoff game rematch of the Kaws only loss this season at Topeka Hayden, Metcalfe carried the ball a whopping 37 times for 128 yards while scoring both offensive touchdowns. That was more offense than the total Hayden team, not to mention Metcalfe also completed 6-13 passed for another 57 yards and had nine tackles on defense while also partially blocking a punt. 

“He thrives on that,″ 20th year Coach Mike Paramore said of Metcalfe’s busy night. “You can’t put too much pressure on that cat. He wants the ball in his hands.″

This season, Metcalfe now has 926 yards on 62 percent passing accuracy with eight touchdowns while adding 943 rushing yards and 19 scores averaging 6.3 yards per tote. He also has 139 receiving yards, and on defense, 64 tackles with 3 takeaways. He is a true leader and gamer that has stepped up when needed and with help of a talented and experienced senior class, directed Perry Lecompton to a 10-1 record and spot in the Class 3A Quarterfinals this week hosting Prairie View (8-1) this Friday. 

The Kaws will be at home, because they've had to overcome some more tough luck with their back against the wall. Despite going 7-1 with a lone 10-point loss to Hayden in a game that was scoreless with two minutes remaining in district play, the Kaws fell to the third seed because of other teams covid quarantines that came at an opportunistic time. Perry won their opening post-season game at Rock Creek last week 35-22 and now is just two wins away from returning to the 3A State Championship game. 

For his career, Metcalfe now has 2,506 rushing yards and 1,012 passing yards as well as 508 receiving while scoring 270 total points and also registering 256 total tackles with 10 takeaways at Perry Lecompton.     

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