View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 6/20

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: July 1, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Every year the Papa John’s Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game brings together some of the top talent from both sides of the state line. This year was no different as Missouri won a tough contest 28-24.

It’s a great way to see these players before they go on to the next level or for some, hang up their pads for the final time. One of those players who is off to be a student only this fall is Blue Valley North quarterback Joey Dolan. The Mustangs’ signal caller showed well in what will probably be his last game in pads.

Dolan had a good night avoiding a ferocious Missouri pass rush. He made several Houdini like escapes including one that led to a 46-yard touchdown to Blue Valley North teammate Charlie Brock. That score gave Kansas a lead it would hold until midway through the second half.

While Dolan’s high school career is over I have a feeling that the intermural fields at KU will see some of his wizardry and passing skills. Beware there is an incoming freshman who can toss the ball around pretty good.

On the Missouri squad there were a few players that stood out as well. Leading the way was Jordan Salima from Truman. The Patriots tailback had a big second half finishing with two touchdowns and more than 100 yards rushing. Most of that came in the second half as Salima’s quick cut back style found holes against a quick an aggressive Kansas defensive line.

Salima is one of those players who maybe went under the radar the last two years. He finished up his senior year with 2,019 yards rushing and 21 TDs. That was his second straight 2,000-yard season and he now moves on to play at Truman State this fall.

There were plenty of other great plays and players in the game. It was again a lot of fun and I encourage anyone who is a fan to try to attend next year. It is truly a great event.