It’s a great feeling for football players to end their high school careers with one final victory. Even if they didn’t get a championship trophy in the regular season, the 22nd annual Country Mart Missouri vs. Kansas All-Star football game gives them one last chance to go out with a bang.
And that’s exactly what the Missouri all-stars did June 13, running past Kansas 36-8 at Lee’s Summit North.
“I’m just happy to be out here on this field just one more time,” Lee’s Summit North 2013 graduate Trever Mountain said. “It’s my last time ever being on this field. It felt awesome. It felt great to get to play and have one more shot.”
Mountain, a defensive back who will be attending Pittsburg State University to play football, was a key player on Missouri’s defense, getting several tackles on the night. He, along with fellow Lee’s Summit North graduate and offensive lineman Derek Handley, and Lee’s Summit graduate and wide receiver Ian Burch, led Missouri to victory.
“We had a lot of key players on defense,” Mountain said. “We had a lot of guys that have gone far in their high school seasons and that really helped.”
Missouri scored first in the first quarter after the defense sacked the Kansas quarterback, which led to a fumble on the 31-yard line. Missouri recovered the ball and six plays later, Steven McBee (Fort Osage) ran in the touchdown from two yards out at the 2:33 minute mark. Griffin Bins (Rockhurst) made the point after kick, giving Missouri a 7-0 lead.
Missouri added to their lead with 2:10 minutes left in the first half as Cole Davis (Kearney) connected on a pass to Craig Scott (Park Hill South) for a 15-yard touchdown. With another good kick by Bins, Missouri led 14-0.
The Missouri defense kept Kansas close to their own end zone and a botched snap on the punt rolled into the end zone to give Missouri a safety and a 16-0 lead with less than a minute left to play in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, Missouri kept up the scoring, starting with a fumble recovery on the 1-yard line by Walter Eastwood (Harrisonville). Marcus Jones (North Kansas City) snuck the ball into the end zone for the score. The point after kick was no good, but Missouri still led 22-0.
Kansas put some points on the board with just over a minute left in the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run by Aaron Ramsey (Blue Valley Southwest) to make the score 22-8.
But in the fourth quarter, Missouri’s Matt Zombo (Liberty) caught a pass from Davis for a 32-yard touchdown with just over six minutes left to play to put Missouri ahead 29-8. And for good measure, Missouri’s Davis connected with Scottie Wilson (Platte County) for a 8-yard catch and a touchdown, sealing the Missouri victory.
“It was a lot of hard work during practice,” Mountain said. “We got out in it and I think that we played harder in practice than they did against us. Our coaches really pushed us. Our dedication and hard work really paid off.”
Even though this is Missouri’s third straight victory, Kansas still leads the series 11-10.