The first time Skylar Thompson stepped onto the turf inside the Edward Jones Dome, he was serving as the ball boy for the Fort Osage football team.
His most recent trip was a bit more notable. In fact, it was one of the most notable appearances in Missouri high school football state-championship history.
Thompson led Fort Osage to its first state title in school history last November, a 63-28 trouncing of Chaminade in the Class 5 championship game in St. Louis.
He did it in record-breaking fashion.
Thompson took part in seven touchdowns — four passing and three on the ground — and broke a Show-Me Bowl record with 455 total yards of offense. He threw only two incompletions.
“I had not turned him completely loose this season yet,” Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz said after the game. “It’s a long season, and I didn’t want to put him through that grinder.
“We turned him loose tonight.”
Even so, Thompson was pretty good throughout his senior season, finishing with 46 touchdowns before claiming The Star’s All-Metro player of the year honors. He passed for 2,128 yards and 25 touchdowns and ran for 1,099 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Thompson doesn’t figure to disappear from the area spotlight anytime soon, either. He signed with Kansas State on a football scholarship and graduated Fort Osage after the winter semester to get a jump on his freshman season with the Wildcats.