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Missouri bests Kansas in high school all-star football game

Norvell Trent of Center High School tried to evade the Kansas All-Stars defense in the Kansas vs. Missouri High School All-Star Game on Thursday night at Blue Springs South High School.
Norvell Trent of Center High School tried to evade the Kansas All-Stars defense in the Kansas vs. Missouri High School All-Star Game on Thursday night at Blue Springs South High School. Special to The Star

The bragging rights will belong to Missouri for another year in high school football. And it only took two quick touchdowns to maintain them.

Missouri extended its streak to seven in the annual Kansas vs. Missouri High School All-Star Game, downing Kansas 17-7 at Blue Springs South on Thursday night. Missouri also leads the all-time series 14-11 in the contest sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association.

After both teams slogged through a scoreless first half, Missouri broke the tie with two touchdowns on the first six plays of the third quarter. On the third play from scrimmage, Kearney quarterback Anthony Pritzel connected with Cristian Cox of Center, who raced 68 yards down the sideline for the first score of the game.

Kansas ran off only two plays when quarterback Matt Dercher scrambled to throw but had the ball tipped to linebacker John Taylor of Center, who rumbled 46 yards for the score. Parker Sampson of Park Hill tacked on a 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter for a 17-0 lead.

Kansas finally got on the board in the fourth quarter, when quarterback Will Schneider of Shawnee Mission North capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 9-yard TD pass to Israel Watson of Shawnee Mission West.

Both teams moved the ball up and down the field in the first half, but neither could find the end zone. Kansas drove 78 yards on its first possession and gave up the ball on downs; Missouri saw a 10-play, 41-yard march end on downs on the Kansas 14 and missed on a 44-yard field goal at the start of the second quarter.

Kansas even had two touchdowns wiped out on the same drive. After an intentional grounding call put Kansas on its 2-yard line, Dercher made a toss down the sideline to Nigel Houston of Shawnee Mission East, who caught the ball at the 20 and broke tackles on his way to the end zone. A holding call nullified the score.

Kansas continued down to the Missouri 19, where Will Evans of Blue Valley took a toss and ran into the end zone. A holding call wiped out that score, too.

Pritzel was named most valuable player for Missouri. Schneider was the Kansas MVP.

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