Unfortunately, one of those players, running back Dalvin Warmack didn't make it through the first half with an injury. Also, Columbia Rock Bridge lost its quarterback, Logan Twehous, to an injury in the second half.
Those two injuries definitely changed what both teams could do in the game. Warmack, who has said he will consider his options after this game and the championship is over, is a two-time Kansas City area Player of the Year after this season rushing for 2,122 yards on 236 carries with 28 touchdowns.
Before his ankle injury, which he had been fighting over a week, put him out of the contest he had 13 carries for 68 rushing yards and was part of building a 21-0 lead. His back up, pint size but powerful Cobi Bissell, rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns including a 36-yard important answer score in the second half.
Twehous, a junior for Rock Bridge, had thrown for 3,500 yards and 39 touchdowns and added his 40th in the first half. He was injured on a sack and the shoulder injury to his right throwing shoulder had him done for the night.
The other Blue Springs Wildcat offered by OSU is Kaleb Prewett, a 6-2, 200-pound safety, who doubles as a wide receiver. He came up big in the championship game with two touchdown catches. Prewett played well on both sides of the ball and finished the game with five receptions for 96 yards and on the season he had 26 receptions for 656-yards and 11 touchdowns.
In a television interview after the game he confirmed his commitment to Kansas State.
"They (Rock Bridge) are a great team and when Warmack went down we had to have some other players step up," Prewett said on the television broadcast from Fox Sports Midwest. "I was able to make some plays to help my team and that was what I wanted to do. Yeah, I like to think I'm one of the fastest players on the team. I'm going to go to Kansas State next season."
The third player from Blue Springs that could gain a lot of attention is Darius Sheperd. The 6-0, 175-pound Sheperd plays corner and wide receiver and is also a punt returner. He opened the scoring with a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown where he was not touched because of his 4.47 speed, and a few bone shattering blocks. Sheperd also caught several passes including a 23-yard connection that was a key play on a scoring drive.
An interesting aspect to the game was that Sheperd's dad played at Missouri and was a teammate of Rock Bridge head coach A.J. Ofadile. Ofadile and Sheperd were at Missouri for a couple of seasons together.
Ofadile's son, Alex, is a 6-3, 170-pound junior wide receiver who came into the game with 89 catches and had several catches in the game. He has 12 scholarship offers already including Michigan State, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida State. There were times in the game where Sheperd was covering Ofadile. In fact, in the fourth quarter Ofadile was interfered with by Prewett.