Truman running back Jordan Salima ran with a determination that helped Missouri continued its domination over Kansas in the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Missouri vs. Kansas All-Star Game.
When Salima scored his second touchdown in the second half on a 12-yard run with 5:43 left in the game, he gave Missouri a four-point lead that proved enough for it to come away with a 28-24 victory Thursday evening.
Both teams played with a passion throughout, entertaining an estimated crowd of 4,000 at Blue Springs High School.
“It meant everything to me, but more to the city and the state,” Salima said of his game winning touchdown.
“We were trying to represent, and I was glad I was able to do it for the team.”
Kansas looked poised to break its five-game losing streak to Missouri, leading the entire first half and much of the second half.
But a fumble by Kansas gave Missouri the football at Kansas’ 25-yard line with 6 minutes left.
Trailing by three points, Missouri took advantage of the mistake. Three plays later, Salima cashed in. After the extra point by James Sappington of Raymore-Peculiar, Missouri held a 28-24 lead.
“They were unbelievable,” Salima said of the offensive line. “It was a hall of fame offensive line.”
Missouri has now won six straight against Kansas and holds a 13-11 lead in the annual all-star game.
Kansas entered a final quarter with a 24-21 lead thanks to a 17-yard touchdown pass from Aquinas’ Kater Odermann to Christian Jegen of Mill Valley with 5:20 left in the third quarter.
“Jegen is a great receiver,” Odermann said. “Seeing him with anybody you think he can win the matchup. We had the play called and I had confidence I was going to make the throw.”
It was a nice answer for Kansas, which saw Missouri take its first lead of the game early in the third quarter on a 54-yard touchdown run by Salima with 8:51 left in the third quarter.
“This was a really fun experience,” Odermann said.
“I like playing with these guys and they have a really good team. It was football game, not like an all-star game. It was fun.”
There were 29 points scored in an entertaining second quarter and a two-point conversion was the difference that gave Kansas a slim 15-14 halftime lead.
Kansas struck first in the second half on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Blue Valley’s North Joey Dolan to his high school teammate, Charlie Brock. Kansas converted a two-point conversion on a pass from Odermann to Mill Valley’s Cole Morris with 9:11 left in the second quarter.
Missouri quickly answered, going on an 80-yard drive that culminated on a 2-yard run from Zach Willis of Belton. James Sappington of Ray-Pec booted the extra point.
Mistakes by Missouri led to Kansas’ next touchdown. Missouri fumbled a punt that gave Kansas the ball at Missouri’s 27-yard line. Missouri got an interception from Davion Tyler, but it was nullified because of a roughing the passer penalty.
With 2:26 left in the second quarter, Kansas capitalized on the miscues. Odermann tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Lawrence’s JD Woods. The extra point by Mill Valley’s Andrew Hicks gave Kansas a 15-7 lead.
A bit of controversy was involved in Missouri’s quick strike. On first and 10 at its 20, Staley quarterback Michael Kilpatrick hit Park Hill’s Kentrez Bell on what looked like a 15-yard completion. Kansas players thought Bell was down and eased up.
Bell thought he wasn’t down and so did the referees. Bell kept running and a few seconds he was in the end zone on an 80-yard touchdown pass play.
“It didn’t feel like I was down,” Bell said. “My knee was up. Our team needed it. We were down and needed to get picked back up. I wanted to make a play to change the game.”