“Nobody would turn down that kind of honor,” Schartz said. “I was pretty shocked actually but it’s a great honor.”
The former Red Demon quarterback became the all-time school leader with 5,527 passing yards and 6,622 total yards. Now, both of those marks sit fourth in school history. Schartz played at Washburn from 1993-1996. He had his options coming out of a strong Dodge City program led by the all-time winningest coach in school history, Dick Masters.
“It was a choice of maybe going to other places, redshirting and waiting your turn or having the opportunity to play right away,” Schartz said. “I was definitely the type of kid that wanted to be out on the field.”
The adjustments to college football were not easy but Schartz would go on to play 40 games in four years for the Ichabods. Despite not having a winning season, Washburn’s record improved every year with Schartz under center. His toughness on the field was a tribute to his time as a Red Demon.