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Hopkins signs with Dodge City

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/10/2013

Wellsville High School senior Kenneth Hopkins is not sure where he fits in with the Dodge City Community football program.

The Conquistadors have had a rough go of it in the past five seasons, winning just seven games in the past six seasons. Dodge City was winless last year and is looking for a fresh start under new coach Gary Thomas.

Wellsville High School senior Kenneth Hopkins is not sure where he fits in with the Dodge City Community football program.

The Conquistadors have had a rough go of it in the past five seasons, winning just seven games in the past six seasons. Dodge City was winless last year and is looking for a fresh start under new coach Gary Thomas.

Hopkins can add athletic talent to a program that needs playmakers all over the field.

The Wellsville senior was a two-way standout for the Eagles, helping lead them to three straight playoff appearances in his career.

Hopkins plans to stick with the defensive side as a defensive back. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound player said he likes to hit people, but would not be opposed of joining the offense.

“I could do both,” Hopkins said. “It gives me a lot of options [to get on the field].”

Hopkins sent a highlight video to coach Thomas, who was hired in December. The two began to talk on the phone and led to his recruitment. Thomas said when hired he would recruit the Kansas high schools hard.

Hopkins signed Monday in the high school library.

He said it has been a dream of his to play college football. Hopkins began playing football in third grade.

He had lots of success for the Eagles. As a senior, he was among the team leaders in tackles (81) from his safety spot. He also had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

On offense, he rushed for 514 yards on 90 carries and scored eight touchdowns.

Hopkins brings a winning attitude and an athlete willing to work for playing time.

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