Blue Springs running back Darrian Miller and Lee’s Summit quarterback Corbin Berkstresser are two of four finalists for the Simone Award given annually to the top high school football player in the Kansas City area.

Blue Springs running back Darrian Miller and Lee’s Summit quarterback Corbin Berkstresser are two of four finalists for the Simone Award given annually to the top high school football player in the Kansas City area.

Miller rushed for 2,210 yards and 29 touchdowns on 299 carries this season, leading Blue Springs to a 9-3 record and a berth in the Missouri Class 6 quarterfinals. The University of Kansas commit set the Missouri big school career rushing record in the process, surpassing Fort Osage’s Dalton Krysa for the mark.

Berkstresser completed 221 of 360 passes for 3,383 yards and 36 touchdowns against only six interceptions. The University of Missouri commit completed 61 percent of his throws and also ran the ball 165 times for 692 yards and 12 touchdowns. For good measure the 6-foot-4, 240 pound Berkstresser caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown as the Tigers finished 8-5 and qualified for the Missouri Class 5 quarterfinals. The other finalists for the award are Raymore-Peculiar’s Cameron Coffman and Bubba Starling of Gardner-Edgerton (Kan.).

Lee’s Summit West’s Evan Boehm is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award given to the best lineman and linebacker and Lee’s Summit wide receiver Sam Sealer is up for the Otis Taylor Award given to the area’s top tight end/wide receiver.

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 winners will be announced Dec. 7 at the school of the Simone Award winner.