As the summer continues to progress, the Lansing Lions get closer to the start of the new football season under their new head coach. After being an assistant, Dylan Brown is now the one in charge of planning the Lions’ summer program.

While there is still work to be done, Brown is pleased with the team effort so far.

“We’re getting a lot better numbers than last year,” Brown said. “Kids are showing up more consistently and we are getting bigger groups to work with on the field. It’s been a pretty positive experience and a step in the right direction.” 

During the workouts so far, Brown has seen a lot of the players improve. One of those groups is the offensive line. The consistency and effort in the weight room have allowed the linemen to get better in Brown’s eyes. 

Brown is also pleased with the leadership of his senior class, especially from Konner McQuillian, Tre’Matt Pledger and Jourdan Bridgette. With the Lions looking to have a young team in 2018, more sophomores and juniors might have to start, so the leadership of the senior group will be big. 

The new season will also bring a new conference for Lansing as the Lions will join Leavenworth, Basehor-Linwood, De Soto, Turner and Shawnee Heights in the United Kansas Conference. While Brown sees all of the games as super competitive, he sees Leavenworth and Basehor-Linwood being the two that will mean more as those are the two schools closest geographically to Lansing.

As the team continues to move in the right direction, they also move up with the rest of the summer plans. The players are getting their equipment ready for the first padded scrimmage Thursday at the University of Saint Mary. The Lions will practice with two other teams there. After that camp, the team will have camps at home and other schools as they continue to get ready for the first game at Blue Valley Southwest Aug. 31.