Big time breakthrough

Nick Smith/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: June 15, 2018 - 7:46 PM

The best seniors from both sides of the state line got together Thursday for the Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game. For the first time in seven years Kansas bested its Show Me State rivals. This time it was never close, as Kansas won 30-0.

It was Kansas’ defense that got them on the board first. After being stopped on the doorstep on fourth down the Kansas team wasted no time getting the ball back. Lawrence Free State’s Gage Foster came untouched off the left edge and blew up the Missouri running back in the end zone for a safety.

“I knew their tackle was going down every play,” Gage said, “so the opportunity to blitz off the edge was there, and I hit the running back. That lifted everybody’s spirits. We came out a little timid and that got us going as a team.”

Next up it would be Kansas’ special teams. Jamison Phelps from Olathe South took the ensuing kick to the house. Phelps backpedaled to receive the kick and took off up field. After slipping a couple of tackles he out-raced everyone to the end zone and gave Kansas a 9-0 lead.

“It was kicked farther than I anticipated,” Phelps said. “I caught, saw a big hole, and I took it to the house. It was a momentum changer.”

After forcing a punt, Kansas marched down the field on their next possession. Brody Flaming, Mill Valley, found Shawnee Mission Northwest’s Hayden Goodpaster on a 14-yard slant for a touchdown. The extra point made it 16-0 Kansas.

“I told the offensive line all you need to give me is one second,” Flaming said. “They did it perfectly. Hayden [Goodpaster] ran a perfect route and made a great play.”

The second half was more of the same form the Kansas All-Stars. Bryce Mohl from Desoto snuck in from the one on Kansas’ second possession of the half.

The only time Missouri’s offense ran well at all was with Kansas City Central’s Javion Shelby at the helm. Shelby, along with teammate Dre’Shaun Sanders, was the first player to ever represent KC Central in the All Star Game and was named Missouri’s MVP.

“It’s a big honor,” Shebly said, “a very big honor. I dreamed of this day and it finally came true. Shout out to Kansas for having a good game.”

Ironically Shelby’s biggest play came catching the ball rather than throwing it. Late in the third quarter Shelby pitched the ball and took off down field. He hauled in a wide-open pass and was tackled 30 yards later inside the 10. Missouri was unable to score however.

With only two weeks to prepare and unfamiliar teammates it can be hard to have a cohesive offense.

“It was tough to walk into a brand-new offense,” Kansas MVP Flaming said. “Big props to my offensive line, running backs and receivers for helping me out because I didn’t know what I was doing.”

The final score of the game came on an ad lib from a St. Thomas Aquinas tight end.

“I was originally just supposed to pass block,” Joseph Clune said. “I know Brody Flaming. He is used to rolling out and I didn’t see anyone on the right side and just went for it.”

Clune went 41 yards to the end zone capping off a great game for the Kansas team.

“My whole life I have been working as hard as I can playing football,” Clune said. “Being selected to play with all the other great players from Kansas was great. We came together and played a great game. It was the best day of my life.”

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