Week Six will be long remembered in Kansas City for the tragic loss of one of the area’s top prospects, as Shawnee Mission (KS) West defensive back Andre Maloney died after suffering a stroke during a game Thursday night.
Following a 63-yard touchdown reception where he ran untouched to the end zone, the three-star prospect and Kansas commit jogged to the sidelines. Shortly after, he became disoriented and collapsed before leaving the field in an ambulance. After doctors worked unsuccessfully to remove a blood clot from his brain early Friday morning, Maloney’s family issued a statement, explaining he was in a vegetative state and unlikely to ever emerge from it. Later that evening, he passed away. He was seventeen years old.
Stunned by the news, players and coaches across the metro Tweeted about the tragic loss, pledging to “Play for Dre.” On the first Friday of October, great sadness permeated the high school football community in Kansas City, but the games did go on.
In what would be the final time he ever took the field, Andre Maloney led the Vikings into action against Sunflower League foe Leavenworth. In a hard-fought game on both sides, Pioneers running back Jason Randall ran for 201 yards and three TDs on just 23 carries. Maloney again justified his reputation as one of the most explosive playmakers in Kansas, racking up 122 all-purpose yards, including the fateful 63-yard reception from quarterback A.J. Verdini. In a game that will ever be remembered not for the score, but for the loss of a tremendous young man gone far too soon, Leavenworth prevailed 37-34.
Blue Valley Southwest travelled to Roeland Park to try and contain Bishop Miege QB Ryan Willis. The 2015 passer has exploded on the scene as a potential national-level prospect. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior was 14 of 16 for 245 yards and three TDs. Through five games, he has completed 63% of his passes for 1,777 yards and 18 TDs. He’s averaging 355 yards and 3.6 TDs per game. Standout linebacker Bradley Ivey played his best game of the year the Stags, with 13 tackles and a tackle for loss, but Willis was the story, as Miege defeated the Timberwolves, 37-12.
A week after a huge win over Miege, Gardner Edgerton looked to add to their lead in the ultra-competitive Eastern Kansas League as they traveled to Blue Valley West. Jaguars QB Ryan Ralston led the way for West, with 204 yards of total offense and three TDs. It was the usual suspects for the Blazers, as four-star running back and Kansas commit Traevohn Wrench carried the ball 34 times for 197 yards and a pair of TDs, also chipping in with two receptions for 30 yards and another score through the air. QB Jared Hobby threw for 231 yards and two TDs, as Gardner edges BV West 27-24.
A pair of Kaw Valley League rivals squared off Friday night as Piper hosted Lansing in Kansas City, KS. Lions QB Krystian Abbot had a monster game, completing 20 of 39 for 452 yards and 6 TDs, with much of it going to standout receiver Khalil Bailey. Abbott found Bailey early and often, as the senior WR snagged 7 passes for 252 yards and five TDs. 2015 prospect Colton Beebe did it all for the Pirates, as he had 51 rushing yards and 3 TDs to go along with 7 tackles, leading Piper past Lansing, 56-40.
Four-star QB prospect Drew Lock looked to continue his dominant junior season as Lee’s Summit visited Blue Springs South. Lock completed 72% of his passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns. On the year, he’s connected on 62% of his throws for 1,706 yards and 20 TDs. RB Alonzo Page had 183 total yards, as the Tigers put up 513 yards of offense. Jaguars ball carrier Emery Ester had 29 carries for 185 yards and 3 TDs, but it wasn’t enough, as Lee’s Summit defeated Blue Springs South, 35-25.
Defending Class 6 State Champion Blue Springs continued their drive to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis and a second-straight title, as the Wildcats headed to Lee’s Summit North. Kansas State commits Dalvin Warmack and Elijah Lee dominated their respective sides of the ball, as Warmack ran for 187 yards and two TDs on 30 carries, and Lee had 10 tackles and a tackle for loss. Blue Springs keeps rolling, 28-3 over Lee’s Summit North.
Park Hill South hosted Lee’s Summit West, as Thomas Ganaden threw for 239 yards and three TDs. 2015 RB Ryan Williams had 115 yards and a TD on just 11 carries, while Nebraska commit Monte Harrison rolled up 101 all-purpose yards and three TDs. Titans take down the Panthers, 41-21.