Bonner Springs running back Barren selected for postseason accolades
Bonner Springs senior running back Max Barren wasn’t good enough to earn a spot on the all-Kaw Valley League team. But he’s got something better — a spot on the Topeka Capital Journal’s Class 5A all-state football squad.
Both Barren and BSHS senior quarterback Brandon Eastland were named earlier this month to the prestigious squad.
Barren was a second team all-Kaw Valley selection, beaten out for first-team honors by Turner’s Rashon Thames and Bishop Ward’s Cole Muder. Thames was a first-team selection on the Capital-Journal all-state squad, but Muder did not receive all-state honors.
Being named to the all-state team has taken away some of the sting Barren suffered.
“It has always been a big goal of mine to be named to an all-state team,” said Barren. “I am not the type that focuses on individual goals but I can’t say that it doesn’t feel good to be honored in the state. Actually, I was super pumped. It just feels gratifying.”
He ran the ball 266 times for 1,324 yards this season — the second best single-season rushing total in Bonner Springs history. The record of 1,471 yards on 203 carries was set by Prentice Watson in 1996.
Barren’s best friend, Eastland, also earned all-state honors from the Topeka newspaper. Many times this season he was scrambling away from the opponents’ pass rush. But when he had time to find an open receiver, his coaches said, Eastland would unleash a perfect strike.
Both Eastland and Barren took official recruiting visits earlier this fall to Grinnell College in Iowa and hope to receive football scholarships there
“It was awesome up there,” said Barren. “We went to a basketball game and it was a lot of fun. It is a smaller school and they made us feel right at home. All the different people mesh together really well. (Brandon and I) would like to attend college together if at all possible, it would be a really nice added bonus, but we’ll see. Right now we spend more time together than we do apart.”