A virus did something that no opponent could accomplish this season – it brought down Blue Springs High School running back Dalvin Warmack.
The two-time Simone Award winner found out this week that he is also a two-time winner of the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year Award.
But he couldn't celebrate with his Wildcat teammates because he was home sick.
“A little under the weather,” he said softly, as he recovered at home. “But I'll get back to school real soon. Don't want to miss out on anything this year.”
He certainly hasn't missed out on any postseason awards, as his 2,223 yards and 30 touchdowns helped the 14-0 Wildcats become the first team from Eastern Jackson County to win back-to-back state titles.
They topped Columbia Rock Bridge 35-14 in the Class 6 Show-Me Bowl state championship game in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
“Dalvin is just a special kid and a special player,” Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe said of Warmack, who has verbally committed to Kansas State. “We knew that for a long time, and now everyone knows it. He just keeps winning these awards, and he deserves every one of them.”
When asked about the past two memorable seasons, when his Wildcats won two Class 6 state titles and finished with a 27-1 overall record – including this year's 14-0 mark – Donohoe seemed a bit overwhelmed.
“We may never have another run like this as long as I'm at Blue Springs High School,” Donohoe said. “And the great thing about a kid like Dalvin is that he will give everyone else all the credit.”
When asked about his success in 2013, Warmack said, “We had four new guys on the line, and they did a great job blocking. Ian (Brown) did a great job in his first year at quarterback – he took a lot of pressure off me – and Darrius (Shepherd) and Kaleb (Prewett) had monster years at wide receiver.
“It was a team effort – offense, defense, special teams – and we have the best coaches in the country. I don't think anyone believed we'd have the success we had this season except the guys on the team and our coaches, so in some ways, this season and all that's happened is even more special than last season.
“Going into the season, we all had one goal – repeating at state. Winning the Simone Award and the Gatorade Award are great honors, honors I can share with my teammates – but we won the ultimate goal, and that's the best part of this season.”