The 30th annual Simone Awards included a first Tuesday night.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Inside the concourse area at Arrowhead Stadium, four finalists were announced for each of the Simone honors for the first time, headlined by those up for the Thomas A. Simone award, presented annually to the top football player in the Kansas City area.
That group includes Blue Springs tailback Dalvin Warmack, Staley quarterback Trent Hosick, Fort Osage quarterback Steven McBee and Lawrence quarterback Brad Strauss. A winner will be announced Tuesday.
“It’s a great group of guys, so this is going to be a neat experience,” said McBee, who accounted for 33 touchdowns for the Indians, the Class 5 runners-up. “I’m so blessed to be one of the finalists, along with these guys.”
Warmack led Blue Springs to the Class 6 state championship, scoring 45 touchdowns and rushing for nearly 2,300 yards.
Missouri-bound following his plans to graduate in December, Hosick threw for 14 touchdowns and ran for 18 more.
A do-it-all player, Strauss accounted for 37 touchdowns for Lawrence and recorded 54 tackles and two interceptions on defense.
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