Utz, Holmes honored by Kansas City Chiefs

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 27, 2017 - 6:25 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced this week’s Coach of the Week honors. The awards go to Bishop Miege’’s Jon Holmes and Platte County’s Bill Utz.

As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 grant. Additionally, Utz and Holmes will be presented congratulatory footballs autographed by Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid and a certificate recognizing their selection along with a Gatorade kit. Each coach is now a finalist for their state’s Eric Driskell Chiefs Coach of the Year Award.

The 2017 High School Coach of the Week fueled by Gatorade program is a joint initiative of the Kansas City Chiefs and the National Football League. This program is designed to recognize and reward Kansas City area high school coaches for superior performance on a weekly basis. The Chiefs Coach of the Week award fueled by Gatorade is intended to honor individuals who are shaping today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.

Platte County defeated Liberty 35-28 in overtime. The victory moved the Pirates to 5-1 on the season while it was Liberty’s first loss of the season. Utz said the honor is for his entire program.

“I am extremely blessed to be surrounded by extraordinary coaches, dedicated players, and a fantastic community that makes every Friday night a special event,” Utz said. “I am extremely honored to receive the Kansas City Chiefs Coach of the Week award as recognition for our entire program. Thank you to the Chiefs and PrepsKC for the continued support High School Football.”

Miege beat Blue Valley North 33-14 to extend the Stags winning streak to 16 dating back to the second week of the 2016 season. The 16-game mark eclipses the 15-game run in 2014-15.

“This award is an honor to our coaching staff,” Holmes said. “We have a great staff of coaches that work hard each week to put our players in position to be successful. We are lucky to be surrounded by great players who work hard each week and care about each other. We are also blessed to have the support of the Miege community. Truly is a special place. Thank you to the KC Chiefs for all they do for high school football in Kansas City.”