We are now 3 days away until practice as Kansas high school football athletes strap on helmets and shoulder pads in preparation for the first game of the season on Sept. 1.

Let’s take a look at the No. 3.

Look no further than Buhler’s No. 3, Jhett Burkhart. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound senior linebacker is coming off a Class 4A state championship appearance. Burkhart has been a force on the second level of the Crusader defense since he has worn the maroon and white. He was credited for 109 tackles as a sophomore and 116 tackles as a junior.

Can Burkhart top the number in his final season at Buhler?

Don’t blink when watching the Hutchinson Salthawks play this season. If you do, you might miss No. 3 for Hutchinson, sprinter Davian Vigil, who is a wide receiver and defensive back. The Salthawk speedster has the quickness to chase down runners in the open field and track down balls on play action passes.

The Sedgwick Cardinals had six runners to score multiple touchdowns last season. Incoming sophomore Mason Lacey scored three of them. Cardinals’ receiver Kale Schroeder scored three touchdowns through the air.

Rossville just completed the three-peat in the Class 3A State Championship over Hesston 48-42 in overtime. Is there a Reno County or area team ready to begin a three-peat this season?