2013 Simone Awards Finalists Announced

Finalists for the 31st Annual Thomas A. Simone Awards were announced on a special Time Warner Cable SportsChannel broadcast live from Arrowhead Stadium’s Hall of Honor at 6:00 PM this evening.

The finalists for the 31st Annual Thomas A. Simone Memorial Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding football player in the Kansas City metropolitan area, are:

Brock Broughton, Sr. RB, Kearney Bulldogs (11-2 Class 5 Semifinalists) – Brock Broughton re-wrote the Kearney rushing record book in a sterling three-year career. This season he ran for 2,065 yards and 34 touchdowns on 318 attempts, all school records. He finished with 4,289 yards for his career, also a school record. Broughton was a major threat in the passing game as well, posting 29 receptions for 469 yards and another four scores. He was a First Team All-State performer a year ago when he ran for nearly 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns. Broughton had over 200 rushing yards in a game four times this year in leading the Bulldogs to an 11-2 record and appearance in the Class 5 semifinals. The senior running back plans to continue his football career next year at Western Illinois University.

Drew Lock, Jr. QB, Lee’s Summit Tigers (10-2 Class 6 Quarterfinalists) – In his second year as a starter for the Lee’s Summit Tigers, Drew Lock had a breakout season and became the only junior finalist for the 2013 Simone Award. In 12 games, Lock threw for 3,062 yards, averaging over 255 yards per contest. He had 35 passing touchdowns to just seven interceptions, completing over 60-percent of his throws. Lock becomes the second Simone-finalist quarterback for Coach Eric Thomas, joining 2010 finalist and current Mizzou QB Corbin Berkstresser. Lock triggered an offense that averaged 36 points per game and led Lee’s Summit to the most wins for the program since the state runner-up season of 1985. Also an elite basketball player, Lock has received multiple major college scholarship offers in both sports.

Dalvin Warmack, Sr. RB, Blue Springs Wildcats (14-0 Class 6 State Champions) – Last year, Dalvin Warmack became the second player ever to win the Simone Award as a junior. This year he could do something that has never been done before: win it twice. His numbers this year were nearly identical to his Simone winning season in 2012. He carried 251 times for 2,221 yards and 30 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 347 yards and another three scores. In two seasons as the full-time feature back, Warmack ran for 4,500 yards and 70 TDs. More importantly, in those seasons the Wildcats went 27-1 and won back-to-back Missouri Class 6 state titles. Warmack was the top playmaker for an offense that averaged 40.5 points per game. In March, Warmack chose to play college football at Kansas State over offers from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State.

Traevohn Wrench, Sr. RB, Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers (8-2 Class 6-A) – Another finalist who will feature prominently in his school’s record book, Traevohn Wrench owns Gardner-Edgerton marks for single-game, single-season and career rushing yards and touchdowns. No small feat considering among the Trailblazers football alums is 2010 Simone Award winner Bubba Starling. In his third nomination as a semi-finalist, Wrench finally cracked the top four and now has a chance to win the school’s second Simone Award in four years. Wrench ran for 2,091 yards and 30 scores this year in just 10 games, his third straight season gaining over 2,000. He finished his career with over 6,900 yards and 93 touchdowns, shattering the previous school records. He committed to Kansas last March and is considered one of the highlight’s of KU’s Class of 2014 recruiting class.

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The 22nd Annual Buck Buchanan Memorial Award will be given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ top two classes (MO 5-6, KS 5A-6A). The finalists are:

Elijah Lee, Sr. DE, Blue Springs – Could be the second two-time Buchanan winner, joining Evan Boehm. Lee had 85 tackles, 67 solo and 36 for loss.  He also had 12 sacks, including three in the state title game. KSU commit.

Braden Smith, Sr. OL/DL, Olathe South – A two-time finalist, Braden Smith is one of the top offensive line recruits in the country. He was a two-way starter with 59 tackles on defense and 82 pancake blocks on offense.

Jimmie Swain, Sr. LB, Olathe North – Swain had 98 tackles, nine tackles for loss and eight sacks. He was the top player on an Olathe North defense that pushed the Eagles to the Kansas 6-A semifinals. Swain has committed to play for TCU.

Josh Watson, Sr. LB, Blue Springs South – Tallied a school-record 81 solo tackles and 153 total. Also had three sacks and was named Suburban Big 6 Defensive Player of the Year. Has committed to play for Colorado State.

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The 15th Annual Frank Fontana Award will be given to the most outstanding small class (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A) football player in the metro. The finalists are:

Chad Berg, Sr. QB, Baldwin – A dual threat QB who finished with 1,415 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground and 772 yards and 10 scores through the air. Also a starter on defense, he had 20 tackles and two interceptions. He was a 3-year starter, but this was his first at QB.

Aaron Graham, Jr. RB, Oak Grove – Had 1,516 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Over 2,200 all-purpose yards and 20 total touchdowns. Just a junior, already has over 4,300 career rushing yards and 5,400 all-purpose.

Josh Shewmaker, Sr. QB, Pleasant Hill – Another dual threat, Shewmaker threw for 1,551 yards and 17 TDs and ran for 924 yards with 10 scores. He led Pleasant Hill to an undefeated regular season and the Missouri Class 4 quarterfinals.

Austin Tevis, Jr. RB, Holden – Second straight Holden running back to be a Fontana finalist after Max Mickey won it last year. Tevis ran for 2,181 yards and 31 touchdowns this season.

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The 14th Annual Bobby Bell Award will be given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ smallest four classes (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A). The finalists are:

Colton Beebe, Jr. LB, Piper – Totaled 159 total tackles and two sacks, Beebe is a 3-year starter and has been the leading tackler for Piper all three. First-Team All-State performer in Kansas 4-A last year.

Ryan Franks, Sr. LB, Hogan Prep – Had 135 tackles, four sacks and 11 forced fumbles this year. Tallied 44 tackles for loss. Was responsible for 25-percent of Hogan Prep’s tackles.

Ethan Fugitt, Sr. LB, Oak Grove – Tallied 101 tackles, five for loss. He was the leading tackler for a defense that allowed just over 13 points per game. He also ran for over 1,300 yards and a team-high 20 TDs.

Casey McDermott, Sr. DE, Raytown South – Finished with 75 tackles and 15 sacks. He was First-Team All-State in Missouri Class 4 last year and the 2013 Suburban Small 6 Defensive Player of the Year.

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The 7th Annual Otis Taylor Award will be given to the top tight end/wide receiver in the metro area. The finalists are:

Khalil Bailey, Sr. WR, Lansing – Had 64 catches for 1,487 yards and 17 touchdowns. Also had three return TDs and 2,162 all-purpose yards. Ended up less than 100 yards short of the Kansas state receiving record.

Monte Harrison, Sr. WR, Lee’s Summit West – Was also one of 10 semifinalists for the Simone Award. Had 60 catches for 1,006 yards and 13 TDs and 1,608 all-purpose yards with 28 total TDs.

Andre Maloney, Sr. WR, Shawnee Mission West – Had 12 catches for 353 yards and four TDs in just 17 quarters of action before suffering a fatal stroke on the field. Had a punt return TD and 711 all-purpose yards. Andre will also be honored and remembered with a special award at the Simone Awards ceremony next Tuesday.

Darrius Shepherd, Sr. WR, Blue Springs – A two-time Taylor Award finalist, Shepherd had 69 receptions for 1,203 yards and 14 touchchdowns. Finished with 1,577 all-purpose yards and 17 total TDs.

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The Simone Awards are voted on by the member head coaches of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association (GKCFCA) and a 12-member media committee.

In addition to the above award finalists, the following awards were presented on Tuesday’s show.

Kelly Donohoe of Blue Springs and Dustin Delaney of Shawnee Mission East were recognized as the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Missouri and Kansas Coaches of the Year. Tony Wrisinger of Vision Sports in Blue Springs received the Gordon Docking Award for excellence in high school sports reporting. Kevin Coulter of East and Jabari Hobson of Lincoln Prep were given the Interscholastic League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Awards. Father/son youth football coaches Ben and Scott Dusenberry were presented the inaugural New York Life Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, the 4th Annual All-Simone Team was announced and is listed below.

All of these individuals will also be recognized, as well as winners of the Simone, Fontana, Buchanan, Bell, Taylor and Nathan Stiles Inspiration Award announced, at the 31st Annual Simone Awards ceremony Tuesday, December 10.

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2013 All-Simone Team
The 4th Annual All-Simone Team recognizes the best players in the Kansas City metro area at every position.

The 2013 All-Simone Team was unveiled Tuesday, December 3 on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and the team members will be recognized again during the Simone Awards ceremony. Each will receive a patch for their letterman jacket.

*Asterisks note two-time All-Simone Team honorees.

Offense
Quarterback – Chad Berg, Senior, Baldwin
Quarterback – Drew Lock, Junior, Lee’s Summit
Quarterback – Josh Shewmaker, Senior, Pleasant Hill
Quarterback – Ryan Ralston, Senior, Blue Valley West
Quarterback – Dimonic McKinzy, Senior, Wyandotte
Running Back – Brock Broughton, Senior, Kearney
Running Back – Kevin Coulter, Senior, East
Running Back – Aaron Graham, Junior, Oak Grove
Running Back – Austin Tevis, Junior, Holden
Running Back – Dalvin Warmack, Senior, Blue Springs*
Running Back – Traevohn Wrench, Senior, Gardner-Edgerton
Wide Receiver – Khalil Bailey, Senior, Lansing
Wide Receiver – Monte Harrison, Senior, Lee’s Summit West
Wide Receiver – Andre Maloney, Senior, Shawnee Mission West*
Wide Receiver – Darrius Shepherd, Senior, Blue Springs*
Offensive Lineman – Johnny Berry, Senior, Pleasant Hill
Offensive Lineman – Mike Fairchild, Senior, Blue Valley West
Offensive Lineman – Jacob Francis, Senior, Liberty*
Offensive Lineman – Christian Gaylord, Junior, Baldwin
Offensive Lineman – A.J. Harris, Junior, Blue Valley
Offensive Lineman – Kevin Pendleton, Senior, Lee’s Summit West
Offensive Lineman – Braden Smith, Senior, Olathe South*

Defense
Defensive Lineman – Kyle Ball, Junior, Shawnee Mission East
Defensive Lineman – Khalil Davis, Junior, Blue Springs
Defensive Lineman – Elijah Lee, Senior, Blue Springs*
Defensive Lineman – Casey McDermott, Senior, Raytown South
Defensive Lineman – Dennis McKinney, Senior, Staley
Linebacker – Colton Beebe, Junior, Piper
Linebacker – Ryan Franks, Senior, Hogan Prep
Linebacker – Ethan Fugitt, Senior, Oak Grove
Linebacker – Jabari Hobson, Junior, Lincoln Prep
Linebacker – Nathan Iloilo, Senior, Fort Osage
Linebacker – Bradley Ivey, Senior, Bishop Miege*
Linebacker – Jimmie Swain, Senior, Olathe North
Linebacker – Josh Watson, Senior, Blue Springs South
Defensive Back – Logan Cheadle, Senior, Lee’s Summit West
Defensive Back – Joe Dineen, Senior, Lawrence Free State
Defensive Back – Kyle Harrison, Senior, Blue Valley Northwest
Defensive Back – McKinley Johnson, Senior, Bishop Miege
Defensive Back – Kaleb Prewett, Senior, Blue Springs