The Blue Springs football team is 11-2, has claimed a conference title and has advanced to the Class 6 state championship game Friday in Columbia.
So it’s little surprise that the Wildcats dominated the selections for the Suburban Big Seven (Gold) all-conference squads picked by the league’s coaches.
Blue Springs tied Lee’s Summit West with six first-team selections.
The Wildcats’ offensive line, which has paved the way for more than 4,800 yards of offense, had two selections, including unanimous pick Daniel Parker, a junior, and senior Spencer Johnson. Also named to the offensive first team was senior tight end Tanner Taula.
The Wildcats had three selections on defense with senior linebacker Casey Still, senior defensive back Jackson Blauw and senior lineman Mohammad Alkhateeb.
Blue Springs South senior running back Jerome Hawkins was the lone Jaguar named to the first team.
Lee’s Summit North senior receiver Cameron Hairston was the lone Bronco named to the first team.
Lee’s Summit senior quarterback Dalton Hill was named the Suburban Big Seven Offensive Player of the Year, while Park Hill defensive end/linebacker Chester Graves was chosen as Defensive Player of the Year.
SUBURBAN MIDDLE SIX: William Chrisman was rewarded for its best season in more than 50 years with a strong showing on the Suburban Middle Six (White).
The Bears, who won their first conference title since 1963, placed six on the first team. Senior James Bailey was not only the first-team quarterback, he shared Suburban Middle Six Offensive Player of the Year honors with Staley running back Julian Ross. Both were also named Simone Award semifinalists (see page B1 for story).
Joining Bailey on the first-team offense were senior receiver Joshua Horn and senior lineman Cameron Walters.
Junior defensive end Daniel Carson, also a Buck Buchanan Award semifinalist, led three Bears on the first-team defense. Junior linebacker Emori Thomas and sophomore defensive back Kelvyn Mason were also named to the first team.
Fort Osage, which handed Chrisman its only two defeats this season, had five first-team selections, including junior running back Isaiah Iloilo.
Also named to the first-team offense for the Indians were a pair of linemen, senior Brady Orwick and junior Jan Salmon.
Junior linebacker Mason Middleton was named to the first-team defense, and senior Kegan Lammering shared first-team place kicker honors with Staley’s Landon Rupp.
SUBURBAN BIG SIX: Truman only had one first-team selection on the Suburban Big Six all-conference team chosen by the coaches.
Senior offensive lineman Kaine Williams was the lone choice for the Patriots.
For the full teams, see the related lists.