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Examiner
  • SHARING THE GLORY

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    • 2013 EXAMINER ALL-AREA FOOTBALL

      FIRST TEAM Offense • QB: Ian Brown, 6-1, 180, jr., Blue Springs — 147-219 (67 percent), 2,518 yards 32 TDs, 5 interceptions; media Class 6 all-state ...

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      2013 EXAMINER ALL-AREA FOOTBALL

      FIRST TEAM Offense • QB: Ian Brown, 6-1, 180, jr., Blue Springs — 147-219 (67 percent), 2,518 yards 32 TDs, 5 interceptions; media Class 6 all-state first team. • RB: Dalvin Warmack, 5-10, 180, sr., Blue Springs — 251 carries, 2,223 yards, 8.9-yard average, 30 TDs; 20 receptions, 347 yards, 2 TDs; two-time media and Missouri Football Coaches Association Class 6 all-state first team; two-time Simone Award winner; two-time Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year. • RB: Ezra Vaoifi, 5-10, 205, sr., Fort Osage — 264 carries, 2,034 yards, 7.7-yard average, 25 TDs; 16 receptions, 173 yards, 2 TDs; 2,412 all-purpose yards; media Class 5 all-state second-team; MFCA Class 5 all-state first team; Suburban Middle Seven Offensive Player of the Year; Simone Award semifinalist. • RB: Aaron Graham, 6-0, 189, jr., Oak Grove — 181 carries, 1,516 yards, 8.38-yard average, 13 TDs; 10 receptions, 354 yards, 5 TDs; 2,240 all-purpose yards; two-time media and MFCA Class 3 all-state selection; Fontana Award finalist. • WR: Darrius Shepherd, 6-0, 180, sr., Blue Springs — 70 receptions, 1,248 yds, 14 TDs; 19 carries, 167 yds, 1 TD; 4 punt returns for TDs; 1,727 all-purpose yards; media and MFCA Class 6 all-state first team; two-time Otis Taylor Award finalist. • WR: Hunter Ramirez, 6-2, 205, sr., Grain Valley — 52 receptions, 1,036 yards, 7 TDs, 19.7-yard average; school record-holder for career receptions (98); MFCA Class 4 all-state third team. • OL: Jordan Benson, 6-4, 265, sr., Blue Springs — Helped team rush for 3,020 yards and pass for 2,565 yards in repeating Class 6 state title; media and MFCA Class 6 all-state first team, All-Suburban Big Six. • OL: Cole West, 6-0, 280, sr., Blue Springs South — Helped team gain more than 2,800 yards; media and MFCA Class 6 all-state selection; All-Suburban Big Six. • OL: Dalton Miller, 6-2, 250, sr., Fort Osage — Helped team rush for 3,113 yards and pass for 1,451 yards; surrendered 1 sack; media and MFCA Class 5 all-state first team; All-Suburban Middle Seven. • OL: Skyler Hulse, 6-4, 241, sr., Oak Grove — Helped team rush for 4,618 yards and pass for 1,139 yards; 46 pancake blocks; media and MFCA Class 3 all-state first team; All-MRVC West. • OL: Trevon Allen, 6-3, 295, jr., Blue Springs — Helped team rush for 3,020 yards and pass for 2,565 yards in repeating Class 6 state title; All-Suburban Big Six. • K: Scott Jones, 5-10, 151, soph., Oak Grove — 69 of 76 PATs, 69 points, 89 kickoffs with 12 touchbacks; opponent average starting position was 26-yard line. All-MRVC West; Class 3 all-state nominee.

      Defense • DL: Khalil Davis, 6-3, 275, jr., Blue Springs — 86 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries; media and MFCA Class 6 all-state first team. • DL: Carlos Davis, 6-3, 265, jr., Blue Springs — 65 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries; media and MFCA Class 6 all-state second team. • DL: Elijah Lee, 6-3, 215, sr., Blue Springs — 82 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery; two-time media and MFCA Class 6 all-state first team; two-time Buck Buchanan Award winner. • DL: Tauai Tuala, 6-2, 220, sr., Fort Osage — 71 tackles (49 solo), 11 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 8 hurries, 1 fumble recovery; media and MFCA Class 5 all-state first team. • LB: Ethan Fugitt, 6-1, 239, sr., Oak Grove — 114 tackles (71 solo), 14 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, blocked punt returned for TD; MFCA Class 3 all-state first team; Bobby Bell Award finalist; Fontana Award semifinalist. • LB: Nathan Iloilo, 6-4, 240, sr., Fort Osage — 64 tackles (36 solo) s 64 total tackles. 11.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 10 hurries, 3 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, blocked kick; media Class 5 all-state first team; MFCA Class 5 all-state second team; Suburban Middle Seven Defensive Player of the Year. • LB: Gunnar Strickland, 5-11, 185, sr., Blue Springs — 92 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble; media and MFCA Class 6 all-state first team. • LB: Josh Watson, 6-2, 230, sr., Blue Springs South — 166 tackles (85 solo) 15 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 12 hurries, 3 forced fumbles; media and MFCA Class 6 all-state first team; Suburban Big Six Defensive Player of the Year. • DB: Kaleb Prewett, 6-2, 205, sr., Blue Springs — 65 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries; media and MFCA Class 6 all-state first team; unanimous All-Suburban Big Six. • DB: Koida Ejire, 6-0, 185, sr., Fort Osage — 82 tackes (29 solo), 8 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 7 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery; media and MFCA Class 5 all-state first team. • DB: Antwon President, 5-11, 165, sr., Blue Springs — 46 tackles, 43 solo, 4 interceptions, 17 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble; All-Suburban Big Six. • P: Skylar Thompson, 6-3, 180, soph., Fort Osage — 24 punts, 892 yards, 37.2 average; media and MFCA Class 5 all-state selection.

      SECOND TEAM Offense • QB: Skylar Thompson, 6-3, 180, soph., Fort Osage • RB: Josh Caldwell, 6-0, 205, sr., Lee’s Summit North • RB: J.J. Rivers, 5-9, 165, jr., Van Horn • RB: Emery Ester, 6-0, 190, sr., Blue Springs South • WR: Brandin Dandridge, 5-11, 185, sr., Blue Springs South • WR: Kaleb Prewett, 6-2, 205, sr., Blue Springs • WR: Jesse McBee, 6-0, 175, jr., Fort Osage • TE: Kendall Blanton, 6-7, 250, sr., Blue Springs South • TE: Kylan Alexander, 6-3, 240, sr., Van Horn • TE: Tanner Kanak, 6-2, 205, sr., Oak Grove • OL: Trevon Warmack, 6-0, 265, jr., Blue Springs • OL: Brandon Eaton, 6-0, 250, sr., Blue Springs South • OL: Griffin Bledsoe, 6-4, 245, sr., Fort Osage • OL: Logan Stephens, 6-1, 230, sr., Fort Osage • OL: Bryce Palmer, 5-8, 270, sr., Fort Osage • OL: Dalton Brinegar, 5-9, 190, jr., Oak Grove • OL: Levi Kelsey, 6-1, 215, sr., Van Horn • K: Blane Howell, 5-11, 160, sr., Oak Grove

      Defense • DL: Justin Lovelace, 6-3, 220, sr., Lee’s Summit North • DL: Tandy Hall, 6-1, 220, jr., Oak Grove • DL: Sima Thomas, 5-10, 270, soph., Fort Osage • DL: Wyatt Parker, 6-3, 200, sr., Blue Springs South • DL: Skyler Hulse, 6-4, 241, sr., Oak Grove • LB: Chase Overton, 5-10, 190, jr., Lee’s Summit North • LB: Colton Pogue, 6-1, 205, sr., Blue Springs South • LB: Josh Tuimaseve, 5-9, 215, jr., Fort Osage • LB: Amel Cofield, 6-1, 215, sr., Blue Springs South • DB: Darrius Shepherd, 6-0, 180, sr., Blue Springs • DB: Tanner Kanak, 6-2, 205, sr., Oak Grove • DB: Bret Wolf, 6-1, 190 sr., William Chrisman • DB: Tyler Titus, 5-10, 185, sr., Fort Osage • DB: Cobi Bissell, 5-8, 180, jr., Blue Springs • P: Chace Mason, 5-9, 197, sr., Blue Springs South

      HONORABLE MENTION Blue Springs: Paul Cornish, 5-11, 225, sr., LB; Donald Garcia, 5-10, 180, sr., DB; Colton Higgins, 6-2, 230, sr., OL; Jackson Hood, 6-3, 215, jr., TE; Michael Mashburn, 6-0, 260, jr., DL; Zach Robinson, 6-0, 205, jr., LB; Nathan Weddle, 6-3, 290, jr., OL; Blue Springs South: Christian Boyles, 5-11, 230, jr., OL; D.J. Brownlee, 6-3, 195, sr., WR; Austin Cobb, 5-10, 180, sr., DB; Briley Moore-McKinney, 6-4, 205, soph., WR; Fort Osage: Pier Cassiraghi, 5-8, 155, sr., K; Jacob Jacobs, 5-10, 215, jr., LB; Joey Neidel, 5-10, 230, sr., OL; Willie Penamon, 5-9, 165, jr., WR; Bryce Richardson, 5-9, 165, soph., DB; Michael Sanders, 5-10, 175, jr., DB; Herman Tapusoa, 5-8, 215, sr., TE/FB; Jonah Tuimaseve, 6-2, 185, soph., LB; Grain Valley: Kellen Holland, 6-0, 190, soph., QB; Brice Quinn, 5-10, 170, sr., RB; Jacob Thompson, 6-3, 205, jr., OL; Evan Velasquez, 6-0, 160, jr., WR; Lee’s Summit North: Kellen Shockley, 5-11, 190, sr., DB; Oak Grove: Austin Blackston, jr., QB; Tyler Brown, sr., RB; Caleb Drecktrah, jr., OL; Jake Kienzler, sr. OL; Kyle Martin, sr., DB; Michail Winstead, jr., LB; Truman: Dean Clemons, 5-10, 160, soph., QB; Rashaad Cole, 6-2, 210, sr., RB/DB; Van Horn: Demerick Fruean, 6-1, 215, jr., DL; Jarbin Icart, 5-10, 210, sr., DL; Sylvester Newman, 6-0, 175, jr., DB; Tony Winningham, 6-0, 180, sr., QB; William Chrisman: D’Vontae Brown, 5-11, 220, soph., LB/RB; Henry Flores, 6-2, 230, soph.; Michael Johnson, 6-0, 195, soph., WR; Gannon Ogle, 6-0, 170, jr., QB; Grady Ogle, 5-10, 175, soph., LB; Darrius Stone, 6-1, 225, soph., DL/OL.

  • Now that a grueling 14-week football season is complete, it's time for two-time Examiner Offensive Player of the Year Dalvin Warmack to make an admission.
    “There were times – especially before the start of the season, when we knew how good we were going to be – that things were kind of overwhelming,” said Warmack, who broke free for game-breaking touchdown runs with the ease most of us experience when we take a walk to the street corner to pick up our mail.
    “But I didn't want anyone to know I felt that way. People were saying I wasn't going to have another 2,000-yard season and that we didn't have a chance to win a second state championship, and those things fire you up. It fired all of us. We went out this season with a purpose – to prove anyone who doubted us wrong and to become one of the best teams in the history of Blue Springs High School and the state of Missouri.”
    The Wildcats ran the table on opponents, finishing the memorable campaign with a 14-0 record that included a 35-14 victory over Columbia Rock Bridge in the Class 6 state title game.
    Warmack rushed for 2,223 yards and scored 30 touchdowns on the ground behind a line that returned just one starter from last season, all-state senior Jordan Benson.
    “We have to talk about my line,” said Warmack, who always pointed out the contribution of his teammates following every Wildcat victory. “Jordan was back, and everyone else was new, including my brother Trevon (who made the switch from defensive line to center).
    “Everyone said our line in 2012 was the best in school history, and it was a great line. But this year's line got better every week, and when we beat Lee's Summit West (in a 42-35 shootout on the Titans home field) they really came together. That was the game I think we can all point to where they became as good as any line we've had. I'm proud of that group.”
    He's also proud of first-year quarterback Ian Brown and two of the best wide receivers in the state, Darrius Shepherd and Kaleb Prewett.
    “Those guys took a lot of pressure off me,” Warmack said, grinning. “If they put eight guys in a box to stop me, Ian was going to burn them. We all knew Shep was going to have a big year, and Kaleb made some huge catches. It was a team effort from Game 1 to the championship game.
    While his teammates speak in awe of the future Big 12 running back, no one appreciates his talent or low-key approach to the game more than coach Kelly Donohoe.
    “Dalvin is just a special kid and a special player,” 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.
    Page 2 of 2 - “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.”
    Now that he has a quiet moment to reflect on one of the greatest team and individual success stories in the history of the school, Warmack still points the spotlight in the direction of his teammates and coaching staff.
    “It was a team effort – offense, defense, special teams – and we have the best coaches in the country,” he said. “We went out and proved everyone wrong that said we couldn't repeat. No team from the area had ever done it, and I think the guys have a good shot at winning again next season and I'm going to follow them all season long.
    “This year, we had one goal – repeating at state. Winning the Simone Award and the Gatorade Award and now The Examiner Player of the Year 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.”
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