Missouri All-Stars getting ready
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
The lead up to the Country Mart Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game has become and both teams are trying to become cohesive football teams in less than two weeks.
Both squads began practice Monday with a goal of being ready for the annual game June 14 at Blue Valley high school.
For the Missouri squad day two of practice meant dealing with some soreness from day one while learning all of the plays and continuing to get to know a group of new teammates.
For the most part the players are all in pretty good shape but even with a good offseason the first football activity in almost six months can make everyone feel a little tired.
Lincoln Prep’s Carlos Reams is coming off of a season of track and field and said he still felt the change to football action heading into Tuesday’s practice.
“It feels good and it’s something different,” Reams said. “Last night I went home and I was kind of sore. I said I’m not that out of shape but apparently I am.
“Everybody has been real cool. Everybody has been laid back and it’s been a lot of fun.”
As the players went through drills it gave them a chance to work with some new faces. Lee’s Summit North’s Will Harrington ran through passing drills allowing him to deliver strikes to the likes of Jaron Alexander of Grandview, Smithville’s Tyler Lamb, Raytown’s Justus McMullen and Van Horn’s Jayvon James.
Harrington said that it was fun to be able to play with this group of receivers.
“They make me look better,” Harrington said. “If I mess up they correct me. After day two I kind of have a feel for it now. As the days get better we will grow from that.”
Just two days in and the Missouri squad has started to feed off of playing together according to Harrington.
“It’s always good to get back on the field.” Harrington said. “The energy is picking up. We are really just grateful to be out here and play again.”
Practice for both teams continues through next week.
Tickets for the game are $8 for adults and $5 for students. The can be purchased online at www.kcprepfootball.org or on game day at the door.
Below are the rosters for both the Missouri and Kansas squads.
Lees Summit North Broncos
Derrick Thomas Academy Chiefs
Park Hill South Panthers
Olathe East Hawks
Prairie View Buffalos
St. Pius X Warriors
Olathe South Falcons
Pleasant Hill Roosters
Mill Valley Jaguars
Royal Valley Panthers
Grain Valley Eagles
St. Marys Trojans
Bishop Ward Cyclones
Bishop Miege Stags