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The Star’s All-Metro high school football first-team defense

Winnetonka defensive back Marquise Doherty, who has committed to Missouri, was chosen first-team defensive back on The Star’s All-Metro football team.
Winnetonka defensive back Marquise Doherty, who has committed to Missouri, was chosen first-team defensive back on The Star’s All-Metro football team. The Kansas City Star

DEFENSIVE LINE

Kyle Ball, SM East, senior. The Sunflower League’s most valuable player helped pave the way for the Lancers’ first Kansas Class 6A state title. They went undefeated and held all but one opponent to 19 or fewer points.

Amani Bledsoe, Lawrence, junior. With one year remaining to play, Bledsoe already has 20 Division I offers. He was first team All-Sunflower League on offense and defense and registered 14 sacks.

Carlos Davis, Blue Springs, senior. The Buck Buchanan Award winner at the Simone ceremony recorded 64 tackles, including an astounding 33 for loss. He added 18 sacks and 21 quarterback pressures and played on the offensive line, too.

Khalil Davis, Blue Springs, senior. While battling injury this year, Davis still had 60 tackles, including 26 for a loss, and he added 9 1/2 sacks. He doubled as an offensive lineman down the stretch.

LINEBACKER

Carter Anchors, Park Hill, senior. The Suburban Red Conference defensive player of the year had 124 tackles, with 25 of them for a loss, and he played a part in six turnovers. He also punted for a 42-yard average this year.

Colton Beebe, Piper, senior. The two-time Bobby Bell Award winner at the Simone ceremony had 152 tackles this season. He was also the top rusher and the punter for the Pirates. He is committed to Minnesota.

Mark Ogren, Bishop Miege, senior. The Eastern Kansas League’s defensive player of the year had 124 tackles, 15 for a loss and six sacks for the state champion Stags.

Luke Ritter, Rockhurst, senior. The leader of the Hawklets’ defense was a tackling machine. He tallied 183 of them this season to go along with nine sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

DEFENSIVE BACK

KiAndre Pugh, Liberty North, senior. A true shutdown corner, Pugh was targeted 37 times but allowed only six completions all season. He intercepted four passes and also added 10 touchdowns on offense.

Marquise Doherty, Winnetonka, senior. While he is known for his play on offense — where he scored 17 touchdowns — he is just as valuable on defense. Doherty, who has committed to Missouri, had six pass breakups, two interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.

Isaiah Ross, Leavenworth, senior. He was a terror for opposing quarterbacks and picked off six passes, including one returned for a touchdown. He also had seven pass breakups, two forced fumbles and blocked an extra point.

KICKER

Sam Aviles, Smithville, sophomore. He was a perfect nine for nine on field goals, including a long of 45 yards. He missed only three extra points, and all three of those were blocked.

PUNTER

Ryan Cyr, Blue Valley, senior. The Eastern Kansas League punter of the year averaged 37.8 yards per punt, and his longest was 56 yards. He also had nine touchbacks as a kicker.

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