In the Kansas Class 5A State Championship Game, Blue Valley faced Salina South for the second time in 2013. The two squads met in Week Three, with the Tigers prevailing 35-28. Ten weeks later, they took the field again in Emporia. South running back Mike Jones was nearly unstoppable, rolling up 144 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 carries. Despite Jones’ efforts, Blue Valley outgained the Cougars on the ground, 233 yards to 182. Senior quarterback Logan Brettell was huge for the Tigers, completing 70% of his passes for 151 yards and a TD, along with 78 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Jones scored on a rushing TD at the 1:13 mark, pulling South within a point of Blue Valley. The two-point conversion attempt failed as the pass fell incomplete, and Eric Driskell’s Tigers took home their second state title in four years. Blue Valley edges Salina South, 27-26.
Shawnee Mission East squared off against Derby in the Kansas Class 6A State Championship Game in Topeka. The Lancers, making their first-ever appearance in the title game, rode their running game and rugged flex-bone offense to an 11-1 record in head coach Dustin Delaney’s first year at East. Derby also rolled to an 11-1 record, led by three-star tight end and offensive weapon extraordinaire DeAndre Goolsby. The Florida commit had four catches for 38 yards and led the Panthers in receiving on the day. Lancers RB Ryan Carter led East in rushing with 64 yards on a day that SME was held to just 114 yards on the day. East QB Gunnar Englund connected with Alec Dean for a pair of long scores after Derby jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Derby scored the deciding TD with 1:21 remaining when senior Jeremy Dunham hit Caleb Arnold hit for 24 yards. The Panthers prevail, 28-21.
Lee’s Summit West and Parkway Central squared off in the Missouri Class 5 State Championship Game in St. Louis. The Titans absolutely overwhelmed the Colts, as 2015 RB Ryan Williams had 125 yards and three TDs on just 12 carries. Missouri commit Logan Cheadle was the story, as the senior cornerback set a title game record with three interceptions. Though West QB Thomas Ganaden threw for only 54 yards, but Royce Boehm’s squad outgained Central 384 yards to 170. Lee’s Summit West rolls in the title game, 51-14.
Blue Springs faced Columbia Rock Bridge in St. Louis, looking for their second-straight Missouri Class 6 State Championship. All everything RB Dalvin Warmack, hampered by an ankle injury, had just 71 yards on the day, but QB Ian Brown picked up the slack. The junior completed 65% of his passes for 164 yards and two TDs. He connected six times with Darius Shepherd for 108 yards, and found Kansas State commit Kaleb Prewett for a pair of TDs. The Wildcats defense was the story on the day, as Kelly Donahoe’s squad held the explosive Bruins to just 182 yards of total offense. Khalil Davis led the way with seven tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack. KSU pledge Elijah Lee had 5 stops, 4 tackles for loss, and three sacks. Blue Springs takes down Rock Bridge 35-14, and claims their fifth state title.