.Jeff Gourley’s Father’s Day gift came three days early as he got to coach his youngest son, Scott, one last time Thursday during the 21st Annual Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Country Mart Kansas vs. Missouri High School Football All-Star Game.
Gourley, who coached Olathe South to its first Kansas 6A state championship last fall, was the Kansas head coach, while Scott Gourley played offensive line in the 19-7 victory for Missouri at Blue Valley High School.
“I don’t care who it is, but every dad loves that opportunity,” Jeff said. “Very few dads get to stand on the sideline and win a state championship with their last son or coach an all-star game with their youngest.
“I’m not going to lie, I told them I wanted to do this. Before they even selected the coaches, I send messages to the board saying I wanted to coach this game. And it was such a joy, because these kids are awesome — smart, funny and any ego problems were nonexistent.”
Missouri would control the game with its superior ground assault, while Kansas, which didn’t take its first snap from scrimmage until 41 seconds remained in the first quarter, never got untracked offensively.
“It’s disappointing, yes, but at the same time it’s not, because this wasn’t a live-or-die game,” Scot said. “We were out here to have fun and we had fun. It was rough getting started and getting some momentum.”
Fellow former Falcon Teddy Colbert briefly gave Kansas the lead midway through the first quarter. Missouri had marched 80 yards on 11 plays for the go-ahead touchdown and led 6-0 before Colbert returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards off a handoff from BV North’s Lamont Bagsby for Kansas’ only score.
“He’s such an exciting player,” Scott said. “It’s so much fun to watch. The blocking — they opened up the field perfectly and created a perfect gap. He did what he knows how to do, which is run fast.”
Olathe South’s Jordan Ward rushed nine times for 24 yards, which was second among the Kansas all-stars.
Olathe North’s Orange Mooney added six carries for 9 yards, while Olathe Northwest’s Connor Middleton finished with four carries for 2 yards but also had a critical goal-line fumble to set up Missouri’s second touchdown.
Olathe East’s Chad Johnson had a team-high three catches for 21 yards and Mooney added a 21-yard reception.
Olathe Northwest’s Avery Parker picked off Missouri MVP Will Harrington of Lee’s Summit North late in the first quarter, while Olathe East’s Junior Williams also provided excellent pass coverage for Kansas.
Olathe South defensive end Jared Douglas and Gardner Edgerton linebacker Brent Bovitz also saw time on defense, while Olathe East offensive lineman Ethan Goss and Olathe South tight end Chris King lined up for the offense.
Missouri has won two games in a row and three of the last four in the series, which Kansas still leads 11-9. The 2003 contest had to be halted because of lightning.