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Former Blue Springs Coach Inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Fred Merrell High School Football Coach

For more than 40 years, Merrell patrolled the sidelines as a high school football coach. In his stops at Monroe City, West Plains, Blue Springs and St. Mary’s (Independence), he collected 216 wins, winning 55% of the games he coached. Three times in his career he was named the SCA Coach of the Year (all at West Plains). He is a 1993 inductee into the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Award for the 1990-91 year. He has also served as an athletic director for 21 years, head track coach for 19 years, head golf coach for 16 years, head girls basketball coach for one year, assistant boys basketball coach for 10 years and assistant track coach for three years. Merrell will be inducted on January 25th at University Plaza and Convention Center in Springfield, MO.

Blue Springs’ Carlos Davis says he, brother Khalil no longer considering Nebraska, will visit MU

Twin brothers Khalil (left) and Carlos Davis, defensive tackles at Blue Springs High School, have reopened their college commitment. DAVID PULLIAM THE KANSAS CITY STAR


Blue Springs seniors Carlos and Khalil Davis have de-committed from Nebraska and will re-open their college football recruitment, Carlos told The Star after the Simone Awards ceremony Tuesday morning.

The twin defensive tackles will take an official visit to Missouri next month, with Oregon, TCU and North Carolina State also in the picture, Carlos said, adding that Nebraska is no longer an option after it fired head coach Bo Pelini last week.

Nebraska hired Mike Riley on Thursday to replace Pelini.

“It’s not the same,” Carlos said. “I had a real good relationship with Pelini and (defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski) and the whole staff, and it’s just not the same. Coach Riley’s a nice coach, but I don’t have the connection with him.”

Carlos won the Buck Buchanan Memorial Award on Tuesday morning, an honor reserved for the most outstanding lineman or linebacker among Kansas City area big-class schools. He is the sixth-ranked prospect in Missouri after totaling 33 tackles for loss in his senior season.

Khalil battled an injury most of his senior season but remains the fourth-ranked prospect in the state.

The Davis twins finished the season doubling as offensive linemen, but they will remain on the defensive line in college, Carlos said.

Three local players win top honors on MFCA All-State teams

By The Examiner staff

Eastern Jackson County is well-represented on the Missouri Football Coaches Association’s all-state teams that were announced Friday.

They included three state players of the year.
Blue Springs senior defensive lineman Carlos Davis was chosen as the MFCA Class 6 Defensive Player of the Year and joined his twin brother Khalil Davis as first-team selections on the defensive line.
Carlos Davis, who is verbally committed to Nebraska along with his brother, helped lead Blue Springs to an 8-4 record and a Class 6 state quarterfinal berth while recording 64 tackles, including 34 for loss, 18 sacks and 21 quarterback pressures. Davis was also chosen as the Suburban Big Six Conference Defensive Player of the Year and is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award given to the top large-class lineman or linebacker in the Kansas City area. Khalil also was first-team All-Big Six.
Blue Springs senior running back Cobi Bissell, who rushed for 1,670 yards and 19 touchdowns, joined three Blue Springs South Jaguars on the Class 6 second team. South senior offensive lineman Christian Boyles, senior linebacker David Dye and senior defensive back Keeyon Incle earned second-team honors along with Lee’s Summit North senior linebacker Chase Overton.
In Class 5, Fort Osage junior quarterback Skylar Thompson and senior linebacker Josh Tuimaseve claimed first-team honors.
Thompson, a finalist for the Simone Award for the top player in the Kansas City area, led the Indians to an 11-1 record and a Class 5 state quarterfinal berth. He completed 158 of 244 passes for 2,385 yards and 24 touchdowns and also rushed for 461 yards and another eight scores on 161 carries. Tuimaseve totaled 86 tackles, including 15.5 for loss and three sacks, three forced fumbles and two recoveries.
Fort Osage senior offensive lineman Steven Anderson and junior defensive lineman Sima Thomas claimed second-team honors, while running back Jesse McBee was a third-team pick. Raytown’s Aaron Spradley was a third-team punter.
Oak Grove swept the top awards in Class 3. Oak Grove senior running back Aaron Graham was chosen as the Class 3 Offensive Player of the Year and senior defensive lineman Dalton Brinegar was chosen the Class 3 Defensive Player of the Year after leading the 14-2 Panthers to the program’s first state championship. Pat Richards was selected as the Class 3 Coach of the Year.
Graham's 2,934 yards rushing this season is the ninth-best single-season total in Missouri state history. He also scored 41 touchdowns. His totals included 345 yards and seven TDs when the Panthers halted Maryville’s 42-game winning streak in the state quarterfinals and 266 yards and four scores in the Class 3 state championship game win over St. Louis John Burroughs. He finished his high school career with 7,238 rushing yards, fifth best all time in state history. Brinegar totaled 121 tackles, including 32 for loss and nine sacks.
Graham and Brinegar also were first-team picks along with four other teammates – junior offensive lineman Brennen Kellogg, junior defensive lineman Josh Klipper, senior defensive back DaWaun Johnson and junior kicker Scott Jones.
Blue Springs All-Conference Players
First Team Offense
First Team Defense
Cobi Bissel (Running Back) Zach Robinson (Linebacker)
Terrance Sanders (Wide Receiver) Terrance Sanders (Defensive Back)
Nathan Weddle (Offensive Line) Carlos Davis (Defensive Line)
Tre'van Allen (Offensive Line) Khalil Davis (Defensive Line)
Second Team Offense
Second Team Defense
Ian Brown (Quarterback) Paul Cornish (Linebacker)
Marqus Andrews (Wide Receiver) Gabe LaVar (Defensive Back)
Honorable Mention Offense
Honorable Mention Defense
Kori Cheatham (Wide Receiver) Dallas Bowen (Linebacker)
Ben Hellon (Kicker) Brenden Buford (Linebacker)
  Trent Turner (Defensive Back)
RayVon Lewis (Defensive Back)
Trevan Warmack (Defensive Line)
Bryant Alvarez (Defensive Line)
Johnny Middleton (Defensive Line)
Tauivi Olamaleva (Defensive Line)


Blue Springs senior quarterback Ian Brown, back, consoles senior lineman Trevon Warmack (76) after the Wildcats were defeated 34-29 by rival Rockhurst Friday in the Class 6 District 4 championship. The loss ended the Wildcats' hopes of a third straight state title. Brian Davidson | Special to The Examiner

By Bill Althaus

Rockhurst coach Tony Severino devised a game-plan that was Taylor-made for his Hawklets, who ended the dream of a three-peat state championship run by the Blue Springs Wildcats.

Rockhurst running back A.J. Taylor scored five touchdowns, including the game-winner with just 2:16 left, to lead the Hawklets to a dramatic 34-29 come-from-behind Class 6 District 4 championship victory over visiting Blue Springs Friday night at Dasta Memorial Stadium.
For a brief moment, it appeared a gutsy call by Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe might lead the Wildcats to a victory. Cobi Bissell scored on a 1-yard run with 6:51 left in the fourth quarter to cut Rockhurst’s lead to 28-27.
When Rockhurst jumped offsides on the ensuing extra point attempt, moving the ball to the 1 1/2-yard line, Donohoe called a timeout and sent the offense back on the field.
“We kick the ball and go for the tie without the penalty,” Donohoe said as he walked off the field to have a post-game session with his heartbroken team. “We gave (quarterback) Ian (Brown) the option to pass or throw for the two points, and there was a lot of running room and he scored to give us the (29-28) lead.
“I was thinking – if we make one stop, and can get a first down, we can win this thing,” Donohoe said. “But that didn’t happen. The Taylor kid and (quarterback T.J.) Green are special players.
“We didn’t have an answer for them.”
Rockhurst took the ensuing kickoff and marched 71 yards in 10 plays with Taylor scoring on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 2:16 left.
“We talked about kicking a field goal,” Severino said, “but A.J. was having such a great night, we decided to give him the ball. I don’t even want to think what people would be saying if he didn’t score.”
Taylor just found his way across the goal line.
“I want to see it on tape,” Donohoe said when asked about the final touchdown. “It looked to me like we stopped him short, but they signaled touchdown and there’s nothing you can do about that. The kid had a great game.”
It turned out that Severino was a bit prophetic.

“A.J. has been kind of nursing a groin injury and I told him this week, ‘We’re riding you to a big win Friday night,’ and he really responded,” Severino said after picking up his second victory over the Wildcats this season.

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