OLATHE, Kan. — Missouri scored first and last in the 28th annual BeYounion.com Kansas vs. Missouri high school all-star football game. Missouri took a 14-point lead in the second quarter of the game, held Thursday, June 13, at College Boulevard Activities Center in Olathe, Kansas. The game was presented by the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association.
Kansas took advantage of a short field, a blocked punt and a fumble recovery in the end zone to score three times in the final 2:02 of the first half.
The Kansas all-stars had the first two touchdowns of the second half, striking twice in the third quarter. The team and went on to win it 35-21.
Missouri was opportunistic early on, with big defensive plays by linebacker Nathan Gray of Liberty and defensive end Jake Fisher of Smithville.
Gray recovered a Kansas fumble at the 45-yard line of the Sunflower State. Missouri capitalized. Jonas Bennett of Odessa scored six plays later on a 3-yard touchdown run. Gaven Frizzell of Kearney kicked the extra point to make it 7-0 with 8:16 left in the first quarter.
Defensive lineman Cade Hampton and linebacker Brian Boyd, both of Smithville, made key tackles on Kansas’ opening drive. The Missouri defense bent in the first quarter but it did not break.
Kansas drove to the Missouri 14-yard line, but came away with no points after missing a 31-yard field goal attempt with 6:26 on the clock. Fisher derailed a Kansas drive in the second quarter, recovering a fumble by quarterback Tate Raboin of Aquinas with 8:54 left in the half. Shaun Ross of Van Horn ran for a 10-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Frizzell’s extra-point kick was good, making it 14-0.
Kansas missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with 5:15 left in the second quarter. Kansas then took advantage of field position after a short punt. Raboin capped a 31-yard drive with a 3-yard run. The extra-point kick by Kameron Lake of Lawrence Free State was good, cutting the deficit in half with 2:02 remaining in the half.
A punt by Missouri was blocked and recovered by Christian Roth of Mill Valley for a touchdown to tie the game at 14-14 with 1:42 on the clock. Missouri fumbled the ball and it was recovered in the end zone by Jake Lamfers of Blue Valley Southwest for a touchdown.
Kansas posted 21 points in the final 2:02 of the second quarter to take a 21-14 and would not relinquish it the rest of the way.
Missouri started the second half with an impressive 13-play drive, but came away with no points after the march stalled at their own 48-yard line. Twelve plays later, Kansas added to its lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Billy Conaway of Shawnee Mission North, the game’s most valuable player, with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
Kansas scored its fifth straight touchdown on a 47-yard pass from Raboin to Logan Talley of Mill Valley, making it 35-14 with 24 seconds left in the third quarter.
Missouri struck back late in the fourth quarter on a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kellen Simoncic of Smithville with 1:52 left in regulation. Frizzell attempted an onside kick that was recovered by Kansas.
Kansas was able to run out the clock for the 35-21 victory.
Missouri leads the all-time series 14-13, but Kansas has won two straight after breaking Missouri’s seven-game winning streak last season.