Pioneer alum making waves in top football league

Jason Randall, once a Leavenworth High football player of repute, is now making a name for himself in NCAA Football Championship Series (FCS) athletics.

Randall, a 2014 LVHS graduate, will enter his redshirt junior year at Missouri State in Springfield, Missouri, coming off two consistent years at running back for the Bears.

Through two seasons and 21 games, Randall has run 211 times for 838 yards and four scores – including two of 63 and 60 yards – for a 4.0 average while averaging 40 yards per game.

He has also caught 22 passes for 179 yards and two more touchdowns to compile a combined 1,017 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns.

“It’s been an awesome experience,” Randall said. “Missouri State is everything I thought it would be. The highlight of my career here so far was my first collegiate touchdown against Southern Illinois. I’m looking forward to making many more strides on the field in my next two seasons.

“I am blessed to be in the position I am and I’m happy where I am.”

Missouri State is a member of the gauntlet of a league called the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC), home of heavies like North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Illinois State, Youngstown State, Western Illinois along with Superman, Batman and the Incredible Hulk if you ask anyone who goes up against it in that league.

“College sports is definitely what I expected it to be, and then some,” Randall said. “Our conference is very tough, almost every team in our conference is ranked in the top 25. Our conference has been represented in the national title games the last six years and has won it five times (North Dakota State).”

Missouri State is coming off a 4-7 season that included a 2-6 mark in league play. The Bears lost at Kansas State last year and will play at Missouri in the season opener Sept. 2.

The home opener is the following week against a formidable North Dakota squad.

To go up against some of the best teams in the country, one needs to have the power of positive thinking.

“Every day I wake up with the mentality to be great,” Randall said. “I put that positive energy into my workouts and everything I do.

“My goal this year is to get 1,000 rushing yards. After my time at Missouri State, I do plan on trying to go pro but for right now I am just focused on the upcoming season.”

His goals should be attainable considering that the young man learned the ropes of going up against the best, week in and week out, while a Leavenworth Pioneer taking on the Sunflower League.

“When I look back I think of all the fun times I had with my teammates and the relationships I built with those teammates, coaches and the Leavenworth community,” Randall said. “I also remember all the Friday nights in Pioneer Stadium and the cannon sounding every time we scored.”