For the last time, more than 80 recent high school graduates in the Kansas City area suited up for a game of high school football in the 27th Be YOUnion Kansas vs Missouri All-Star Game.
The teams were filled with some of the best players in the area before many head off to college. The Kansas All-Stars won 30-0 on a warm June night at Pioneer Stadium in Leavenworth ending a seven-game losing streak for Kansas.
The game was filled with four Leavenworth County players as wide receiver Andrew Ativie and defensive end Gabe Casmus of Leavenworth were joined by Lansing wide receiver Calvin Thomas and Basehor-Linwood’s linebacker Joey Foster.
The Kansas team was coached by Leavenworth coach Mark Littrell. Littrell said it felt awesome to coach his players one last time.
“What a great thing for them to be selected on this team,” Littrell said. “And to get a win on their field in their last high school game.
The first Kansas drive on offense stalled on the Missouri goal line, but a safety on the next play gave Kansas the 2-0 lead.
On the free kick, Jamison Phelps of Olathe South returned it 77 yards for a touchdown to give Kansas the 9-0 lead with a little over two minutes in the first quarter. Another touchdown early in the second quarter extended the lead to 16, which remained the score at halftime.
The third quarter continued with Kansas domination with another touchdown to go up 23-0.
Two drives later, a 41-yard touchdown pass from Brody Flaming of Mill Valley to Joseph Clune of St. Thomas Aquinas extended Kansas’ score to 30.
The game ended with an interception to seal the Kansas victory 30-0.
After the game, the Kansas players yelled “Kansas” in celebration of their shutout victory. Littrell said it was an awesome experience.
Brody Flaming of Mill Valley was named the MVP for the Kansas team for his two passing touchdowns. Kansas finished with 311-yards of total offense compared to Missouri’s 159.
Littrell hopes that this win can spark a new win streak for the Kansas teams going forward.