Two days before Blue Springs High School played in the Missouri Class 6 football championship game, the players honored the Thanksgiving holiday in typical family fashion. One by one, they stood up and listed a few things for which they were thankful.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
This exercise came easy for senior quarterback Wylson Lamb. He was thankful, he said, for the man whom he handed the ball off to 254 times junior tailback Dalvin Warmack.
Lambs gratitude was shared by his teammates, and why wouldnt it be? Two days later, Warmack completed a historic season by rushing for 181 yards and two touchdowns as Blue Springs won the fourth state championship in school history.
He finished the season with 2,294 rushing yards, 269 receiving yards and 45 total touchdowns. He is The Star All-Metro football player of the year.
Every game, especially big games, he kept showing up, Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said. You look at what he averages per game and how he had a nose for the end zone, and it was amazing. Big players step up in big games, and he seemed to always do that for us.
Warmack became the second junior to win the Thomas A. Simone Award, handed to the top football player in the Kansas City area, following Rockhursts Nathan Scheelhaase.
A combination of quickness and post-snap field vision, accompanied by a slick spin move, allowed Warmack to overcome his 5-foot-8 frame and whiz past opposing teams as the Wildcats finished 13-1.
He highlighted his eye-popping numbers with an Oct. 19 game against Lees Summit that included seven touchdowns. He ran for 423 yards and caught a score for 50 more.
If you wouldve told me before the season Id have the season I had, I wouldnt have guessed it at all, Warmack said. Everything fell into place for me.
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