Southeast turning the corner

By Toriano Porter PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 12, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Sean Coffey brings name recognition to Interscholastic League

Sean Coffey was a standout football player at the University of Missouri and had a cup of coffee in the NFL.

The former All-Big 12 wide receiver also spent years at NFL Films.

Now in his first season as a head coach, Coffey got a late start this summer taking over the Southeast program from Leon McElrath.

Seven weeks into the season, the Knights have finally turned the corner. After starting the 2018 season winless in five tries, Southeast (2-5 overall, 1-1 in the IL) is riding a two-game winning streak heading into a Week 8 showdown against league foe East (3-4, 2-1).

The Bears downed Northeast 42-12 in Week 6 action. The Knights knocked off Fulton 20-13 and came away from the game riding high after a sluggish start this fall.

Coffey, an Emmy-award winning producer, is a broadcasting teacher for Kansas City Public Schools. He worked at NFL Films for 10 years. The first-time head coach is trying to impart knowledge he’s gained on and off to the field.

The players, Coffey said, is the main focus.

“It’s not about me,” he said earlier this season. “I’ve had mine. I’ve played, had some NFL time and worked for the NFL for a decade. Now I’m giving all of this stuff that I’ve gotten from football back. And it’s a wonderful feeling.”

The early season struggles are paying off for Southeast, Coffey said. The way the postseason is set up for high school football in Missouri has given the Knights plenty to play for down the stretch. They are on a roll despite Coffey getting the job late.

“We are still trying to get to know each other,” he said. “We have some players. With me being a former Mizzou star, I’m trying to bring attention around here and get some college recruiters in here.”

In other IL news, Lincoln College Prep can claim an outright league title with a Week 8 win over Kansas City Central. The Blue Tigers (5-2, 3-0) split the crown with Central and Southeast last year. They squeaked by University City 14-7 in Week 7.

Central (1-6, 1-2) is on a five-game losing streak. The Blue Eagles were shutout 43-0 in a Week 7 tilt against undefeated Pembroke Hill (7-0).

Northeast (1-7, 0-4) will try to right the ship against Hogan Prep Academy (4-2) in Week 8 play.