View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 12/7
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
The season has come to an end and there will be several awards handed out over the coming weeks.
There are of course the Simone Awards along with all-state teams from both the media and the coaches. Heck even PrepsKC will hand out its own MVP award for the second time and this year we will be adding a coaching staff of the year to recognize the entire group of coaches who make programs across the Metro great. Stay tuned to PrepsKC.com for more on those two awards.
Of course it is time for me to hand out some of my own awards. There is nothing scientific and these aren’t the same as last year but they are fun and it gives me a way to honor some of the best and most interesting teams and players from this past season.
No guts, no glory Award: This is a tie between Blue Valley West coach Scott Wright and Bonner Springs coach Lucas Aslin. Both lost multiple games going for it instead of kicking in overtime. Blue Valley West lost in triple overtime to St. Thomas Aquinas in the regular season on a fake field goal 38-35 and then the Jaguars season ended when Bishop Miege stopped them on a two-point try in the second over time to win 38-37.
Bonner Springs lost two games on fourth down stops at the goal line. Piper beat the Braves in overtime 19-17 when the Pirates stuffed a fourth and one try to seal the victory. Then in district play with the season on the line St. James would stuff a two-point try to beat Bonner Springs 17-16.
Both coaches went for it by putting the ball in the hands of their best players and giving them a chance to win the game. I have nothing against kickers, but it is good to see teams go for it and try to win games with the best players trying to with the games with their ability.
Video-game numbers Award: Holden’s Max Mickey. The Eagles tailback set the state record for small schools with 3,338 yards in 14 games. While you may think Holden was running the kid into the ground he averaged 10.26 yards a carry and had games where he only touched the ball nine or 10 times. I know Mickey would have rather had a state title but this is a mark to honor.
Rising from the ashes Award: This goes to football in Kansas City, Kan. Wyandotte and Washington had its best seasons in decades and Schlagle was strong again this year. The regular season success hasn’t translated to the postseason just yet but these programs are on the right track and good times are ahead.
Football Experts Award: This one goes to any administrators out there who fire coaches without first giving them the staffing and commitment to build a winning program. Winning is hard and it takes a commitment from everyone, not just words about winning followed by rotating coaches.
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