2013 Simone Award Finalists
Brock Broughton – Running Back – 5’10 188 Senior
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 – Quarterback – 6’3 195 Junior
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 – Running Back – 5’9 190 Senior
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 – Running Back – 6’1 206 Senior
Gardner-Edgerton: 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.
2012 • Dalvin Warmack • Blue Springs
Just the second junior to ever win the Simone Award, Dalvin Warmack had a monster 2012 season. He rushed 255 times for 2,279 yards and 40 touchdowns and caught 19 passes for another 236 yards and five TDs. He ran for 181 yards and two TDs in the Wildcats’ 42-3 state championship win over Francis Howell. He had a career-high 415 rushing yards and six touchdowns on just 19 carries in the regular-season finale against Lee’s Summit. He also caught a TD pass in that game and none of his seven scoring plays was shorter than 50 yards. After the season he was unanimously chosen as Big 6 Offensive Player of the Year as the Wildcats captured the fourth state title in school history.
2011 • Evan Boehm • Lee’s Summit West
Offensive linemen are rarely the stars, usually settling for taking a measure of pride in awards won by their skill position teammates. Evan Boehm redefined what was possible for a player in the trenches, becoming the first offensive lineman to win the Simone Award. He was twice his conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. He also became the first two-time winner in the 20-year history of the Buck Buchanan Award.
The No. 1-rated offensive guard in the country for the Class of 2012, according to ESPN, Boehm signed with the University of Missouri where he continues to be a trendsetter. In the 2012 season opener, he became the first true freshman to start on the offensive line for Missouri under head coach Gary Pinkel. He finished as the only lineman to start every 2012 game for the Tigers.
Boehm and Lee’s Summit West, coached by Evan’s father Royce, won the Missouri Class 5 state football championship in 2010. He also captured individual state titles in wrestling (heavyweight) and track (discus) in a standout athletic career for the Titans.
2010 • Bubba Starling • Gardner-Edgerton
Known for his speed and athleticism at quarterback, Bubba Starling racked up 2,418 yards on 174 rushes with 31 touchdowns, an average of 14 yards per carry. He tallied nine rushing touchdowns of 50 yards or more. Starling also threw for over 800 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. The Trailblazers offense scored 53 points per game.
Gardner-Edgerton lost in the Kansas 5A semifinals to Blue Valley 45-42, despite nearly 400 yards and five
touchdowns rushing for Starling. The first-ever Simone winner from Gardner-Edgerton, Starling was a highly-rated football and baseball prospect. He committed to play college football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers but ultimately chose to pursue professional baseball after the Kansas City Royals selected
him with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft. The Royals inked Starling to a club-record $7.5 million bonus at the signing deadline.
2009 • James Franklin • Olathe North
James Franklin became the sixth Simone Award winner from Olathe North, most of any school. Despite that
tremendous history of individual stars, Franklin captured numerous school records in his Eagles career. He ran for 2,803 yards and 31 touchdowns in a senior season that saw Olathe North win an undefeated Kansas Class 6A state title. Franklin went out with a bang, running for 269 yards and three touchdowns in the state championship win over Wichita Heights.
For his career, Franklin ran for 5,916 yards, breaking the record previously held by Darren Sproles
by almost 700 yards. He also set a new single game rushing record at Olathe North with 340 yards.
Franklin signed to play football for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He had a productive freshman season, finishing with 766 rushing yards and a team-best 10 touchdowns.
2008 • Blaine Dalton • Blue Springs South
Blaine Dalton finished an amazing four-year varsity career with a trip to the Missouri Class 6 Title game and the Simone Award. As a senior, Dalton passed for 2,335 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,164 yards and 14 more scores. He helped his team to a state title as a sophomore, and was 34-5 overall at Blue Springs South, including 1-1 as a freshman.
His final career numbers at Blue Springs South were 5,604 yards passing and 60 touchdowns, to go along with 2,275 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns.
In 2010, Dalton played for Fort Scott Community College.
2007 • Nathan Scheelhaase • Rockhurst
Nathan Scheelhaase is the only underclassman to ever win the Simone Award. As a junior at Rockhurst, he led the Hawklets to a perfect 13-0 record and the Missouri Class 6 Championship. He passed for 1,764 yards and 18 TDs and rushed for 799 yards and 12 scores. He followed that up with a senior year of 1,726 yards and 17 TDs while rushing for 864 yards and 18 TDs, but narrowly lost out on a repeat Simone Award by one of the closest votes in Simone Awards history.
Scheelhaase signed on to play quarterback at the University of Illinois. During his redshirt year in 2009,
he earned the Faculty Award for exemplary leadership in community, classroom and on field. Going into his redshirt freshman year in 2010 he won the starting quarterback job and has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for another 700 yards.
2006 • Zach Rampy• Blue Valley
Zach Rampy’s senior season was unblemished, as he led the Tigers, coached by his father Steve, to the Kansas 5A Championship and a perfect 13-0 record. He finished the year with 1,917 yards passing and 27 passing TDs, while also rushing for 588 yards and 11 more scores. He went on to play collegiately at Emporia State University.
2005 • Josh Freeman • Grandview
Josh Freeman won the Simone Award after an outstanding senior season at Grandview High. He led the Bulldogs to a District title while passing for 29 touchdowns in 11 games. He opened the season with a 403-yard, 4 TD performance against St. Joseph Central. Later in the year, he tossed six touchdown passes at Raytown. He would finish his prep career with 7,175 yards passing and 78 touchdowns.
He signed on to play at Kansas State University, where he earned the starting nod as a true freshman. He
was the only freshman in the country to lead his team to a bowl game.
A three-year starter with the Wildcats, he finished his three-year career with 8,078 yards passing and 44
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up two spots to draft Freeman in the first round, no. 17 overall, in
the 2009 National Football League Draft. Freeman has started all but one game in his two seasons with the Bucs. He is in the midst of a very solid 2010 season with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of nearly 3 to 1 and a passer rating that ranks in the top half of the NFL.
2004 • Chase Coffman• Raymore-Peculiar
The son of a former NFL player Paul Coffman, Chase Coffman earned the 2004 Simone Award while leading the Raymore-Peculiar Panthers to the first football State Title in school history.
Catching footballs from his younger brother and QB Carson, Coffman was a big target for the Panthers. Twice the brothers hooked up for three touchdown games in 2004. He would finish the year with 41 receptions for 886 yards and 16 TDs.
Chase went on to the University of Missouri, where he became one of college football’s top tight ends. In four years with the Tigers, he amassed 247 catches for 2,659 yards and 30 TDs. The 247 catches is an NCAA record, and helped Coffman win the 2008 Mackey Award as the nation’s best tight end.Coffman was selected in the third round of the 2009 National Football League Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, pick no. 98 overall. Coffman made his NFL debut for the Bengals November 14, 2010.
2003 • Michael Keenan • Oak Park
Michael Keenan was an outstanding tailback for the Northmen, leading them to a 7-3 record in 2003. A workhorse of a back, he produced 287 yards rushing and 5 TDs against rival Park Hill. In Districts that year, he carried the ball 42 times for 323 yards and three touchdowns, but Oak Park came up a point short against Blue Springs. He finished the year with 1,908 yards and 23 touchdowns. Keenan signed to play college football at Nebraska as a linebacker.
2002 • Jim Bouknight • Olathe North
In 2002, Olathe North featured another star tailback that would go on to win the Simone Award. Jim Bouknight broke Darren Sproles’ rushing record at Olathe North by tallying 2,793 yards and 34 touchdowns for the Eagles. He rushed for a school-record 330 yards in a win over Olathe East. The Eagles won the Kansas 6A Championship for the sixth time in seven years. Bouknight signed on to play at Central Missouri
State as a running back.
2001 • Maurice Mack • Olathe North
Following in the footsteps of Darren Sproles and other great tailbacks from Olathe North, Maurice Mack produced 2,089 yards rushing as a senior and 24 TDs. He also passed 3-for-3 on the year – all three for touchdowns. In the Kansas 6A Title game, he rushed for two scores and passed for another as Olathe North won the State Championship for the fifth time in six years. Mack signed with Kansas State as a linebacker.
He played 49 games in four seasons, finishing with 99 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
2000 • Darren Sproles • Olathe North
Sproles is arguably the most prolific running back the Kansas City area has ever produced. At just 5-foot-6 he runs with power and speed alike. In his senior season at Olathe North, he rushed for 2,485 yards and 49 touchdowns while leading the 12-0 Eagles to their fourth State Title in five seasons. His numbers would have been even greater if he hadn’t sat out many fourth quarters and some third due to the Eagles’ lopsided scores. He finished his high school career with 5,230 yards, 79 touchdowns and 8.4 yards per carry.
Sproles went on to Kansas State, where Division I defenses had no more success stopping him than high school defenses did. In 45 games over four years, Sproles rushed for 4,969 yards and 45 touchdowns. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting his junior year after amassing 1,986 yards and scoring 11 TDs.
The San Diego Chargers drafted Sproles in the fourth round of the 2005 National Football League Draft, pick no. 130 overall. Initially a punt and kick returner while backing up LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Turner with the Chargers, he set an NFL record by returning a kick and punt for his first two NFL touchdowns – the only player in league history to ever achieve that feat. In 2009, he filled in for the injured Tomlinson at running back in the AFC Wild Card Game. Sproles ran for two touchdowns, rushed for 105 yards, had 45 yards receiving and 178 return yards. The 328 all-purpose yards were the third-most in a single game in NFL history. Only two players in NFL history have ever had a game of at least 50 yards rushing, 50 yards receiving and 100 return yards – Sproles in 2008 and the great Gale Sayers with the Chicago Bears.
1999 • Brandon Shelby • Rockhurst
Brandon Shelby was an exciting two-way player for Rockhurst in 1999. A star running back, he rushed for 2,181 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior. He also returned 22 punts and kicks, and finished with 2,362 yards of total offense.
Shelby played college football at the University of Oklahoma, where he was a four-year letterwinner and two-time Academic all-Big 12 selection.
He has continued his football career as a college coach, making stops at the University of Oklahoma (2006), University of Arizona (2007), University of San Diego (2008), Portland State University (2009), and University of Lousiana-Monroe (2010).
1998 • Sean Doyle • Rockhurst
A hard-hitting linebacker and fullback for the Hawklets, Sean Doyle put fear in an opponent from both sides of the ball. He helped the Hawklets to a 12-1 record and State Semifinals appearance by posting 139 tackles and rushing for 615 yards and 9 TDs. He also scored 38 points as the team’s kicker.
He later starred at the University of Missouri. He started two games and played in all 11 as a true freshman. In his sophomore year he recorded 80 tackles and six sacks. As a junior, he led the Big 12 Conference in tackles with 131, while twice posting 17-tackle games. He finished his career with 358 tackles, no. 7 all-time with the Tigers.
1997 • Josh Brewer • Olathe North
Josh Brewer took over as the starter at quarterback in the seventh game of his junior year and helped the team to an undefeated State Title. As a senior, he again led the Eagles to an undefeated season and their second consecutive Kansas 6A Title. He rushed for 972 yards and passed for 1,451 yards, combining for 16 touchdowns. He also had eight interceptions as a defensive back. Josh signed on with Mid-America Nazarene University and became the starter at quarterback in his freshman season.
He left Mid-America Nazarene at the end of this first semester to fulfill his goal of becoming a United States Marine. Josh has quickly ascended through the Corp. As of 2009, he has attained the rank of staff sergeant in charge of two platoons in Japan.
1996 • Ladell Betts • Blue Springs
A powerful runner out of Blue Springs, Ladell Betts led the Wildcats to a 10-1 record as a senior. He finished the year with 2,263 yards and 32 touchdowns while playing most of the season with a broken right hand.
He went on to the University of Iowa, playing four seasons. As a junior in 1999, he rushed for every one of Iowa’s 1,090 yards that season. As a senior, he led Iowa in rushing again and was named second-team all-Big Ten. He finished his career at Iowa playing in 43 games and rushing for 3,686 yards (2nd all-time at Iowa) and 25 touchdowns. He is the only Hawkeye to ever lead the team in rushing in four different seasons.
Betts was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 2002 National Football League Draft, no. 56 overall. After eight seasons with the Redskins, Betts signed with the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints for 2010.
For his career, Betts has rushed for over 3,300 yards and 15 TDs.
1995 • Arland Bruce III • Olathe North
Arland Bruce III is the original Olathe North all-purpose running back. As a senior he rushed for 1,696 yards. He finished his high school career with more than 3,000 yards rushing and 50 TDs.
After two years at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, Bruce played two years at the University of Minnesota. As a wide receiver, he helped the Golden Gophers to an 8-3 record and Sun Bowl berth as a senior. Although he has had brief stints in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, Bruce has amassed big numbers in the Canadian Football League.
In 2001, he racked up 818 yards receiving and seven touchdowns while helping the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
to the Grey Cup. In 2002, his numbers increased to 1,062 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. After being released by the 49ers in 2004, he signed on with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. Playing about half a season, Bruce had a touchdown catch and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, helping the Argos win the Grey Cup. In 2005, he amassed 1,205 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. He was named an East division all-star for the first time in his career following that season.
1994 • Eddie Brooks • Blue Springs South
Eddie Brooks helped propel the Blue Springs South High School team to a perfect regular season and a defeat of rival Blue Springs High in the playoffs.
He finished the season with 48 catches for 895 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also returned three punts for scores and had an interception return for a touchdown. For his career, he finished with 116 catches for
1,882 yards and 24 TDs.
Brooks’ finest moment was his five-touchdown performance against Blue Springs. He had four TD catches and an interception return touchdown in the game.
1993 • Jason Thoren • Lawrence
Jason Thoren helped Lawrence win the final two of five consecutive Kansas 6A Championships in 1992 and 1993. A hard-hitting linebacker and running back, he amassed 170 tackles and 1,260 yards rushing as a senior.
Thoren was a three-year starter at the University of Kansas after his prep career. From 1994-97 he amassed 306 tackles to rank no. 10 alltime at KU. He also earned all-Big 8 and all-Big 12 honors.
He played professionally in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League before beginning a football coaching career. After stints Lawrence Free State High School and the University of Minnesota, Thoren is currently the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach at Baker University.
1992 • Nate Minnis • Blue Springs
Nate Minnis led Blue Springs High School to its first-ever football State Championship. The Wildcats finished 13-1 and defeated Parkway Central in the State title game. Minnis passed for a then-State record 353 in the win.
As a senior, he passed for 3,026 yards and 34 touchdowns while hitting 216 of 381 passes. He ran for 566 yards and nine touchdowns. He also returned a kick for a score.In two seasons, he led Blue Springs to a 24-3 record.
Minnis would sign on to play at Truman State University. He played for the Bulldogs from 1994-97, finishing seventh at the school in career passing yards (4,646) and seventh all-time in total offense (5,011 yards).
1991 • Andy Murray • Blue Valley
Andy Murray helped the Blue Valley Tigers to the 1991 Kansas 5A Championship, the first in the school’s history. The Tigers finished a perfect 12-0 that season, as Murray rushed 274 times for 1,740 yards and 24 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 125 yards and one score.
On defense, he compiled 140 tackles as a linebacker for the Tigers. Murray went on to play at Washburn University as a fullback.
1990 • Kevin McIntosh • Hickman Mills
As a quarterback and defensive back, Kevin McIntosh had a fine senior season for the Cougars. He passed for 1,038 yards and seven scores. He rushed for 886 yards and 16 TDs. He also returned one punt for a touchdown. On defense, he finished with 48 tackles and six interceptions.
1989 • Jeff Handy • Blue Springs
Jeff Handy is one of the most prolific passing quarterbacks in Missouri history. As a senior at Blue Springs, he was 281 of 417 passing for 3,452 yards – all Kansas City metro records. He also tossed 42 touchdown passes in just eight games.
He went on to the University of Missouri, where he continued to set records. Handy holds Missouri records for single-game attempts with 73 (1st all time at MU), single-game completions with 43 (1st at MU), 2,463 single-season passing yards (4th at MU), and 6,959 career passing yards (3rd at MU).
1988 • Derrick Hart • Schlagle
Hart led the Schlagle Stallions to a 9-2 mark his senior season as a quarterback and defensive back. He passed for 1,394 yards and 10 TDs, while rushing for 341 yards and 10 more scores. On defense, he contributed three interceptions.
He went on to sign with Arizona State University.
1987 • Kenyon Rasheed • Rockhurst
Kenyon Rasheed gave Rockhurst back-to-back Simone Award winners. A bruising tailback at 5-foot-10 and 245 pounds, he helped the Hawklets to a 12-1 record and a Missouri Championship as a senior. He rushed for 1,628 yards with 18 TDs and finished with more than 1,800 yards in total offense.
He went on to the University of Oklahoma where he played four years and was named to the Big 8 all- Academic team four years.
He went on to play three seasons in the National Football League for the New York Giants and New York Jets.
1986 • Tim Ryan • Rockhurst
Tim Ryan helped the Hawklets to an 11-1 record as a senior and the Missouri Class 5A Championship. He finished with 17 catches for 203 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, he contributed 106 tackles.
He would sign on to play offensive line at the University of Notre Dame, lettering all four years. After his collegiate career, Ryan played three seasons (1991-93) on the offensive line for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He appeared in 37 games, including one start.
1985 • Craig Phillips • Lee’s Summit
Craig Phillips led the Lee’s Summit Tigers to the State playoffs after a perfect regular season. As a dual-threat QB, Phillips rushed for 478 yards and six touchdowns. He also passed for 403 yards and four more scores. In a semifinal victory over St. Louis University, Phillips returned a kick 97 yards for a touchdown and ran an interception back 52 yards for another score.
1984 • Shawn Long • Grandview
The Grandview Bulldogs enjoyed their best season in school history with Shawn Long at quarterback. The senior passed for 1,779 yards and 10 TDs, while rushing for eight more scores.
Those efforts helped lead the Bulldogs to an 11-2 record and the school’s only appearance in the State Semifinals. He also garnered all-conference, all-district, all-metro and all-State honors. He went on to sign with Indiana State University.
Shawn still works in sports, serving as Senior Sponsorship Manager in the Kansas City Chiefs sales and marketing department.
1983 • Jeff Kelso • Park Hill
Jeff Kelso was a prolific high school football and baseball player at Park Hill. Although his senior year team finished just 3-7, Kelso passed for 1,402 yards and five TDs. He also rushed for 296 yards and four more scores. As a punter, he averaged more than 38 yards per punt. After winning the inaugural Simone Award, Kelso went on to play football at the University of Missouri. After his college football career, Kelso was drafted in the 1988 Major League Baseball June Draft, a ninth round pick of the California Angels. As a minor league baseball player, Kelso played three seasons in the Angels organization.
Currently, he co-owns Kelso’s Northtown restaurant in North Kansas City, Mo.