Extra Points: Brian Spano 5/27
By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
This year marks the 23rd edition of the annual Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game and it will be played June 19 at Blue Springs High School. I've written in the past how it's a fitting end to the previous season, showcasing some of the areas brightest and best senior talent.
I've also noted that it's the perfect appetizer for the upcoming season as it can whet the appetite for those desiring their high school football fix during the middle of the summer when fall seems too far away.
There has been a past column about how this is the last time some of the kids will ever put on a football uniform, while others will go on to play at the next level.
What seems to go unnoticed, or maybe not, is the quality of the rosters year in and year out. And of course this year is no exception as the reason this game is played tells you why the Kansas City area is such a hotbed for high school football talent.
Admittedly, I don't get to see the kids on the Kansas side play as much as I do on the Missouri side, so this will be a great opportunity for me to see kids I've heard so much about like running back Traevohn Wrench from Gardner-Edgerton and wide receiver Khalil Bailey from Lansing. Both put up staggering numbers during their careers for their respective schools.
One player I'm really intrigued to see is 300-pound offensive lineman Austin Chambers out of Shawnee Missions West. He signed with Brigham Young, and I can see him as a really talented run blocker and pass protector. Both skills could come in handing for Wrench and whichever quarterback is tossing the ball down the field to Bailey.
For Missouri, I'm interested to see several of their defensive stars perform. I didn't get to see Rockhurst much last season, so the Hawklets' linebacker Ezra Boyd has piqued my curiosity.
Also, Staley another team that I didn't get to see last year, is sending defensive lineman Bailey Sutko and defensive back Jackson Newman. I'd like to see how they will perform against what could be a fairly solid Kansas offense.
This game is going to feature several quarterbacks that many people may not be familiar with. On the Missouri side, Austin Hinck from Kearney and Matthew McCullough from Bishop Leblond will handle the signal calling.
For Kansas, Logan Brettell from Blue Valley and Ryan Ralston of Blue Valley West will lead the offense.
The all-star game may be just an "exhibition," but don't think for a moment that these players won't take their final game as a high school player seriously when they eventually take the field on June 19.
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