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1992 The Dream Classic - Kansas v Missouri

Journal-World (Lawrence, KS)
June 12, 1992

Author: Andrew Hartsock, J-W Sports Writer

Though the official Metro Dream Classic likely won't end quite like its scrimmage, Nate Penny thinks the practice game provided a pretty accurate preview.

The Classic, an all-star football game between high school seniors from the Kansas City metropolitan area, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Kansas and Missouri squads held their first scrimmage on Tuesday.

"Both teams didn't show a lot, but it was a good game," said Penny, one of five Lawrence High invitees. "The defense was really good. I don't think either team scored. Missouri got to our goal line, but we stopped them. We felt pretty good about that."

Saturday's game a benefit for the Dream Factory, an organization that aids disabled and critically ill children probably won't end in a 0-0 tie. But Penny, a linebacker, said defense would set the tone.

"It'll definitely be a defensive game," he said. "If our defense doesn't show up to play, we'll be in trouble."

LAWRENCE'S OTHER representatives will be tailback Michael Cosey, linebacker Steve Foglesong, defensive back Mike Reese and quarterback-defensive back Shane Robinson. Cosey, a two-time all-stater, injured his back high jumping during the track season but is probable Saturday.

Lawrence High aide Ron Commons will assist head coach Steve Rampy, the coach at Blue Valley. Tonganoxie's Robbie Calovich and Baldwin's Brian Sheldon also will make the trip.
In addition, three Kansas University football signees Blue Valley's Jason Brown and Brian Schottenheimer, and Shawnee Mission Northwest's Keith Rodgers will participate.

"It's exciting to be able to play in Arrowhead," Reese said. "It's exciting to play with the best of the best. It's fun. Everybody's taking it seriously, but it's what guys make of it. It's a great opportunity for your whole life. I can look back and say, `I played in Arrowhead.'''

LHS coach Dick Purdy, president of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Assn., the game's sponsor, said the Kansas squad would hold a slight advantage.

"I THINK it will be a good game," Purdy said. "One difference I see in Kansas' favor is the quarterback situation. Brian Schottenheimer is an excellent quarterback. The second thing I see Kansas-wise is four really fast, tough wide receivers. And Kansas has more quickness in the secondary.

"Our players are pretty impressed with the guys they're playing with, but I think our kids are impressing some people, too."

Penny was impressed just to be invited. The Dream Classic is the first GKCFCA-sponsored all-star game in seven years.

"We're out to have fun, which is good," Penny said. "Everybody wants to win, but it's not like a state championship. It's an honor just to be chosen for it."


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