When Fort Osage High School football coach Ryan Schartz started putting together a Missouri all-star squad, he wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Sure, he knew he’d have some talented players, but how would it all come together?
By DAVE McQUEEN
Special to The Star
“You just never know what you’re going to get,” Schartz said. “I didn’t know what I had until they got here. But when they got here, I knew I had a special group.”
How special? Schartz’s Missouri squad displayed abundant speed and talent from beginning to end in thumping Kansas 36-8 last Thursday night in the 22nd annual Country Mart Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Football Game at Lee’s Summit North. Missouri racked up 305 total yards of offense and limited Kansas to 36 yards rushing and 221 total yards. The defense also recorded 5½ sacks and held Kansas to only one sustained scoring drive.
“We played really good on both sides of the ball,” said Missouri quarterback Cole Davis of Kearney, who was selected Missouri’s most valuable player. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns. “It was definitely a great way to cap off my high school career.”
Davis and Missouri displayed their dominance on their second touchdown drive, needing only five plays to go 88 yards. They capped the drive with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Craig Scott of Park Hill South. Holden running back Max Mickey accounted for 53 yards on back-to-back plays, first bursting off left tackle for 19 yards and then catching a pass from Davis on a 34-yard play down the middle of the field.
“We felt like we were rolling,” said Mickey, who led all rushers with 68 yards on seven carries. “We had that chemistry going, and that really helped us come together as a team.”
Kansas still holds an 11-10 edge in the series, but Missouri now has won the last three games. After this latest meeting, Davis has no doubts which side of the state line has the better football talent.
“We dominated this game and have won three in a row now,” he said. “I’d say that’s a great indicator.”