Blue Springs running back Dalvin Warmack never had problems finding motivation.
When he began his high school career, people told him he was too slow to be a varsity running back. When he impressed as a backup during his sophomore season, he remembers being told he was too small to carry that production into a starting role. When he gained 20 pounds and won the Thomas A. Simone Award — as the best high school football player in Kansas City — after a stellar junior season, he was a called a one-year wonder.
So he went out and did it again.
Warmack ran for 2,223 yards, averaging 8.7 yards per carry and scoring 33 touchdowns to lead Blue Springs to its second consecutive Missouri Class 6 state championship. He became the first player to ever win the Simone Award twice.
“It was really a pretty amazing story,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said. “I think he went on a mission this year to prove he could go out and do it again.
“He realized he lost (four) offensive linemen, so he knew he was going to have to be a lot better. Looking back, for him to have the same kind of success, he really went to work. You could tell he wanted to make his senior year special.”
Warmack is headed to Kansas State on a football scholarship.