Cats are Kings of the Trenches

Dion Clisso/PrepsKC

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: June 19, 2014 - 2:27 PM

 In a summer filled with 7-on-7 tournaments, skill position camps and team camps the linemen got their chance to shine at the seventh annual Blue Valley King of the Trenches Lineman Challenge.

More than 100 competitors from nine schools battled through nine events to see which lineman and team would come out on top. In the end it was Blue Springs that swept the team and individual honors. The Wildcats put four in the top 10 led by a 1-2 finish by brothers Carlos and Khalil Davis. Carlos bested his brother by one point 209-208 to earn the individual title.

Carlos said it is always good to beat his brother.

“It feels pretty good,” Carlos Davis said. “It was hard because we kept going back and forth at it. I actually thought he would win though because he got me a little bit of them but I came back. I think it was the one rep in the bench that got it.

“I like that you could come out here and they had this for us and you could compete.”

Blue Springs won the team title with 953 points from its top five competitors. Blue Valley was next with 903 followed by Piper 853, Leavenworth with 821, DeSoto with 814, Blue Valley West with 809, Raymore-Peculiar with 797, St. James Academy with 784 and Turner with 746.

The Davis brothers grabbed the top two individual spots followed by Blue Valley West’s John Scavuzzo with 192 points, Piper’s Christian Spencer with 191, Blue Valley's Jackson Maase with 189, Turner’s Ryan O’Neil and Blue Valley’s Braydon Huschka with 187 points, Blue Springs’ Travon Warmack with 183, Blue Valley’s Mason Fuller with 182 and DeSoto's Josh Miller with 180 to fill out the top 10.

Scavuzzo said it was great to have a competition just for the linemen.

“It’s really fun,” Scavuzzo said. “It’s something the lineman can do and the quarterbacks can’t.”

It was another great year for the event and Blue Valley coach Eric Driskell said this is something good for the linemen where they are able to stand out for change.

“It gives our guys the opportunity to compete in the summer and they don’t get that chance,” Driskell said. “We do some 7-on-7 and that kind of stuff but these guys get a chance to go and compete and just be lineman. We like the camaraderie it brings to our group. It’s a lot of fun to compete with some of the best linemen in the city.”

Team Results

Individual Results