Defense leads Kansas All-Stars past Missouri, 20-9
Buoyed by a staunch defense and a clutch kicking game, the Greater Kansas City Kansas High School All-Stars manhandled their counterparts from the Missouri side on their way to a 20-9 victory in the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association MO-KAN All-Star Game on Thursday night at Blue Valley District Activities Center.
Olathe South senior kicker/wide receiver Kyson Ginivan caught a 25-yard touchdown pass, kicked two field goals, two extra points, and booted four kickoffs into the end zone to lead the offense. On defense, the Kansas side collected seven tackles for losses and forced three turnovers, never allowing the Missouri offense the chance to establish a rhythm anytime during the game.
Shawnee Mission Northwest head coach Aaron Barnett, the Kansas defensive coordinator for the game, was thoroughly impressed with the effort of his squad.
"Coaching's always fun," Barnett said immediately after the game, "but it's really fun when you get to work with the best players out there. Sometimes in All-Star games you get a couple of guys that maybe put themselves in front of the team, we just had none of that. This was a great group of kids to work with."
For a full look back at the game, pick up Thursday's paper.