• Wildcats' Warmack is only second junior to win Simone

  • Dalvin Warmack wasn’t the least bit suspicious when he was invited to breakfast with a group of Blue Springs High School football coaches and team pastor Joey Butler early Tuesday morning.

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  • Dalvin Warmack wasn’t the least bit suspicious when he was invited to breakfast with a group of Blue Springs High School football coaches and team pastor Joey Butler early Tuesday morning.
    The premise was to get the junior running back out of the school so Metro Sports could take over the gymnasium for a live broadcast of Warmack receiving the 30th annual Thomas A. Simone Award, which is given to the top football player in the metro area.
    “I was asked to go out to breakfast with Joey and the coaches,” Warmack said, “and they told me that after breakfast we were coming back to school to pick up Coach (Kelly) Donohoe and we were going to another high school where they were giving out the Simone Award.
    “When we got back here and I saw all the cars around the gymnasium, I thought something was up. Then, when I walked in the gym and saw all the people I knew. It was just an unbelievable moment in my life.”
    Joining Warmack as finalists for the award were Fort Osage’s Steven McBee, Staley’s Trent Hosick and Lawrence High School’s Brad Strauss.
    Warmack is just the second junior to win the Simone Award, joining Rockhurst’s Nathan Scheelhaase (2007), who was the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s ceremony.
    Warmack rushed for 2,281 yards and a school-record 40 touchdowns for the Class 6 state champion Wildcats. He also set three single-game Blue Springs marks by rushing for 415 yards and six touchdowns, plus a 50-yard catch for his seventh score, in an 84-62 win over Lee’s Summit.
    He is the fourth player from Blue Springs to win the Simone Award, but the first since Ladell Betts in 1996. Jeff Handy (1989) and Nate Minnis (1992) are the other Wildcat Simone winners and were at Tuesday’s ceremony.
    Warmack added the Simone to his awards as the Missouri Football Coaches Association Class 6 Offensive Player of the Year and the Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year.
    “I saw Dalvin play against Lee’s Summit West this season and met him today,” said McBee, who led the Indians to the Class 5 state championship game. “He’s a great young man who really deserves the award. It was an honor for me to be a finalist.”
    The Simone Award is extra special for Warmack because he played for the Necco Raiders, a youth football team that holds a special place in the heart of the Simone family.
    Twelve-year-old Tommy Simone was killed as he crossed a road by a police wagon that was speeding to a distress call back in 1983. That was the year his father, Anthony Simone, established the award to honor his late son.
    Written on the Simone Award are four words: “Love, Courage, Friendship, Champions.”
    Page 2 of 3 - “Dalvin knew what Tommy and this award were all about back when he played with the Necco Raiders,” said Simone’s son, Charlie, who gave an emotionally charged speech at the ceremony. “It is an honor for me and my family to present this award to Dalvin, who represents all the qualities this award stands for.”
    Warmack said he has known about the Simone Award for years, and hoped to one day be considered a finalist for the top prep football honor in Kansas City.
    “Love, courage and friendship – those words mean a lot to me and to anyone who knows the Simone family,” Warmack said. “Those words are embedded in my life. I could never receive a more special honor than the Simone Award. And now, to be mentioned along the great Blue Springs players who won this award is amazing.
    “I hope I can live up to their legacy.”
    n Blue Springs’ Kelly Donohoe was named the Missouri Coach of the Year for leading the Wildcats to a 13-1 state championship season.
    “You win an award like that because of great players and a great coaching staff,” Donohoe said. “It was a special season and today was just amazing. I’m so proud of Dalvin and Elijah (Lee, the winner of the Buchanan Award) and all our players who were honored today.”
    n Park Hill South’s Craig Scott was the winner of the sixth annual Otis Taylor Award, presented by to the best tight end/wide receiver in the metro area. Darrius Shepherd of Blue Springs was also a finalist for the award.
    n McBee, Shepherd, Warmack and Blue Springs offensive lineman John Keltner were named to the All-Simone offensive team and Lee and Fort Osage’s Mamu Tauiautusa and Joseph Tuimaseve were named to the defensive unit.
    n The winner of the 14th annual Frank Fontana Award, given to the most outstanding small class football player in the metro, was Max Mickey of Holden. He ran for 3,382 yards, setting a state single-season rushing record.
    n Center’s Maliek Collins won the 13th annual Bobby Bell Award, given to the best lineman/linebacker in the metro area’s smallest four classes.
    The Simone Awards are voted on by the member head coaches of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association and a 12-member media committee.
    The 3rd Annual All-Simone Team, presented by Hot Mix Materials, Inc., was announced, recognizing the best players in the Kansas City metro area at every offensive and defensive position. Team members were recognized during the Simone Awards ceremony and received a patch for their letterman jacket.
    The 2012 All-Simone Team (* represents two-time selections):
    Quarterback – Montel Cozart, Senior, Bishop Miege*
    Page 3 of 3 - Quarterback – Trent Hosick, Senior, Staley*
    Quarterback – Steven McBee, Senior, Fort Osage
    Quarterback – Brad Strauss, Senior, Lawrence*
    Quarterback – James Valentine, Senior, Platte County
    Running Back – Antwynn Beavers, Senior, Liberty North*
    Running Back – Max Mickey, Senior, Holden
    Running Back – Anthony Sherrils, Senior, Hogan Prep
    Running Back – Brett Sterbach, Senior, Shawnee Mission West
    Running Back – Dalvin Warmack, Junior, Blue Springs
    Wide Receiver – Connor Rellihan, Senior, Shawnee Mission East
    Wide Receiver – Craig Scott, Senior, Park Hill South
    Wide Receiver – Scottie Wilson, Senior, Platte County
    Wide Receiver – Darrius Shepherd, Junior, Blue Springs
    Offensive Lineman – Austin Chambers, Junior, Shawnee Mission West
    Offensive Lineman – Jacob Francis, Junior, Liberty
    Offensive Lineman – Zach Hannon, Senior, Rockhurst
    Offensive Lineman – Tyler Reid, Senior, Lee’s Summit West
    Offensive Lineman – Clay Rhodes, Senior, Blue Valley
    Offensive Lineman – Braden Smith, Junior, Olathe South
    Offensive Lineman – John Keltner, Senior, Blue Springs
    Defensive Lineman – Nick Becker, Senior, Eudora
    Defensive Lineman – Maliek Collins, Senior, Center
    Defensive Lineman – Dan Morin, Senior, St. Thomas Aquinas
    Defensive Lineman – Lane Pennington, Senior, Lee’s Summit West
    Defensive Lineman – Jordan Willis, Senior, Rockhurst
    Defensive Lineman – Elijah Lee, Junior, Blue Springs
    Linebacker – Joe Dominiak, Senior, Smithville
    Linebacker – Bradley Ivey, Junior, Bishop Miege
    Linebacker – Matt Plank, Senior, Gardner-Edgerton
    Linebacker – Nick Ramirez, Senior, Lee’s Summit West*
    Linebacker – Mamu Tauiautusa, Senior, Fort Osage
    Defensive Back – Cole Combes, Senior, Blue Valley
    Defensive Back – Walter Eastwood, Senior, Harrisonville
    Defensive Back – Andre Maloney, Junior, Shawnee Mission West
    Defensive Back – Kyle McFarland, Senior, Lawrence Free State
    Defensive Back – Joseph Tuimaseve, Senior, Fort Osage

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