Blue Springs senior running back Dalvin Warmack made history Tuesday, becoming the first player in the 31-year history of the Thomas A. Simone Memorial Award to win it twice. He ran for over 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns this season and had another 350 receiving and three scores. He admitted it was a challenge living up to the incredible standards he set last year.
“It was a lot of pressure and a little bit of stress,” Warmack said during the Simone Awards broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. “I just tried not to worry about it and just play football.”
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. Last week, Warmack was named Class 6 Offensive Player of the Year by the Missouri Football Coaches Association (MFCA) for the second straight season. In March, Warmack chose to play college football at Kansas State over offers from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State.
The three other finalists for the Simone Award were Brock Broughton of Kearney, Drew Lock of Lee’s Summit and Traevohn Wrench of Gardner-Edgerton.
The winner of the 15th Annual Frank Fontana Award, given to the most outstanding small class (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A) football player in the metro, was Josh Shewmaker of Pleasant Hill. The three other finalists for the Fontana Award were Chad Berg of Baldwin, Aaron Graham of Oak Grove and Austin Tevis of Holden.
Shewmaker, a dual-threat senior quarterback, threw for 1,551 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for another 924 yards and 10 scores. He led Pleasant Hill to a surprising undefeated regular season, a MRVC-West conference championship and an appearance in the Missouri Class 4 quarterfinals.
“We were the underdogs in three or four games but it just shows what hard work can do,” Shewmaker said. “It was a fun season.”
Shewmaker is the first player from Pleasant Hill to win the Fontana Award.
The winner of the 22nd Annual Buck Buchanan Memorial Award, presented by the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors and given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ top two classes (MO 5-6, KS 5A-6A), was Elijah Lee of Blue Springs. The three other finalists for the Buchanan Award were Braden Smith of Olathe South, Jimmie Swain of Olathe North and Josh Watson of Blue Springs South.
Lee became just the second two-time winner of the Buchanan Award, joining 2010-2011 winner Evan Boehm of Lee’s Summit West.
“It’s an honor,” Lee said. “I had it in the back of my head but I didn’t think I could do it two times in a row. I give all the honor to my teammates and my coaches.”
This season, Lee registered 85 tackles as a defensive end, the second-best total on the team. He also had 12 sacks and 36 tackles for loss. He had eight tackles and three sacks in the state title game against Columbia Rock Bridge. He was a unanimous pick for the MFCA’s 1st-Team All-State squad and was named the coaches Class 6 Defensive Player of the Year. Lee’s two Buchanan Awards gives Blue Springs six in the school’s history. He has committed to play college football for Kansas State.
The winner of the 14th Annual Bobby Bell Award, given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ smallest four classes (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A), was Colton Beebe of Piper. The three other finalists for the Bell Award were Ryan Franks of Hogan Prep, Ethan Fugitt of Oak Grove and Casey McDermott of Raytown South.
Beebe, just a junior for the Pirates, accounted for 159 tackles and two sacks from his linebacker position. He has started all three seasons of his high school career and been Piper’s leading tackler in each.
“You gotta thank your defensive line because they take up blocks and allow me to make plays,” Beebe said of his ability to put up such huge total tackle numbers.
Beebe is now a two-time Kansas Class 4-A First-Team All-State performer. He helped Piper to a winning season as the Pirates finished 7-5, advancing to the 4-A quarterfinals. Beebe is the first Piper Pirate ever to win one of the Simone Awards and becomes just the second Bell Award winner from Kansas.
“It was a really special honor to be nominated,” he said.
The winner of the 7th Annual Otis Taylor Award, presented by C&C Produce and given to the best tight end/wide receiver in the metro area, was Monte Harrison of Lee’s Summit West. The three other finalists for the Taylor Award were Khalil Bailey of Lansing, Andre Maloney of Shawnee Mission West and Darrius Shepherd of Blue Springs.
Harrison is arguably one of the most dynamic athletes to ever play in the metro, excelling in three sports. On the football field, he was a versatile and virtually unstoppable weapon for Lee’s Summit West. He finished the year with 60 receptions for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns as a wide receiver. But he also ran for 198 yards and 12 touchdowns, primarily out of the Wildcat formation. He had almost 700 return yards and three more scores. He even threw a touchdown pass.
The senior wideout helped Lee’s Summit West to the school’s third state title, finishing with a 13-1 record, the only loss to Class 6 champ Blue Springs by a touchdown.
“It was a lot of fun,” Harrison said of winning the state championship. “We had a lot of support from our coaches and got the job done.
He refused to take the bait when interview host Mick Shaffer tried to get him to predict a different result if Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit West were to rematch.
“No comment,” Harrison said to laughter and applause from the Blue Springs High School crowd.
Harrison has committed to play both football and baseball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers next year.
The Simone Awards were voted on by the member head coaches of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association (GKCFCA) and a 12-member media committee.
The 3rd Annual Nathan Stiles Inspiration Award, honoring the memory of the Spring Hill standout football player who died in 2010 after collapsing on the field, was presented posthumously to Andre Maloney, the senior wide receiver from Shawnee Mission West who passed away after suffering a stroke on the field earlier this year.
A framed U.S. Army All-American Bowl signed jersey was also presented to the Maloney family and Vikings coach Tim Callaghan and will be displayed at the school in memory of Andre.
The Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Kansas Coach of the Year was Dustin Delaney of Shawnee Mission East. The Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Missouri Coach of the Year for the second year in a row was Kelly Donohoe of Blue Springs.
The Gordon Docking Media Award, honoring outstanding achievement in high school football reporting, was presented to Tony Wrisinger of Vision Sports.
The Interscholastic League Award Offensive Player of the Year was Kevin Coulter, a senior running back from East High School and the Defensive Player of the Year was Jabari Hobson, a junior linebacker from Lincoln Prep.
Additionally, the 4th Annual All-Simone Team, presented by Hot Mix Materials, Inc., was announced, recognizing the best players in the Kansas City metro area at every offensive and defensive position. Team members were recognized during the Simone Awards ceremony and received a patch for their letterman jacket.
The 2013 All-Simone Team (* represents two-time selections):
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*
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
The Thomas A. Simone Awards aired live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel HD in Kansas City. Replays of the awards ceremony will occur Tuesday at 7:00 PM and tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11 at 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM.