The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their Coach of the Week honors for the eighth week of the Chiefs 2014 season. This week's honors go to Platte County's (Missouri) Bill Utz and Blue Valley West's (Kansas) Scott Wright.
Platte County finished its regular season with a 35-34 win over Raytown South. The victory moved the Pirates to 8-1 on the season and earned them a tie for the Suburban Small Six Conference title with Winnetonka and Kearney. The 8-1 mark is a bounce back from last year's 4-6 team and earned the Pirates the No. 2 seed in their district tournament which starts this week.
Across the state line, Blue Valley West opened district play on the Kansas side with a tough 14-12 win at Pittsburg. The Jaguars handed the Purple Dragons their first loss of the season and earned a win in the first district contest of the year.
As a result of this honor, both schools will be visited by Chiefs Hall of Famer and Director of Special Events Gary Spani who will deliver a $500 grant towards player health and safety equipment and/or education. Utz and Wright will be presented with congratulatory footballs autographed by Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid and a certificate recognizing their selection. Each coach is now a finalist for their respective state's Chiefs High School Coach of the Year Award, which will be announced at the conclusion of the football season.
The 2014 High School Coach of the Week program is a joint initiative of the Kansas City Chiefs and the National Football League. The program is designed to recognize and reward Kansas City area high school coaches who have created successful programs for teams and players both on and off of the playing field. This includes coaches that champion philosophies which advance and promote player health and safety.
Each state's winner is selected in collaboration with PrepsKC. For more information on this week's winners and the Chiefs Coach of the Week program, visit kcchiefs.com or prepskc.com.