810 Varsity has named its 810 Varsity 2018 Elite 81 award winners, revealed throughout the holiday break.
Campbell helped lead Raytown to a league title and 8-2 record while throwing for 31 TDs and rushing for 13. (Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity)
Joe Campbell, Raytown
Campbell led Raytown in a season of resurgence, winning the Suburban White title and an 8-2 record. The junior threw for 2,789 yards and 31 touchdowns to just 9 interceptions. Campbell also rushed for nearly 600 yards with 13 touchdowns. Campbell was named to the Missouri Class 5 all-state second team.
Simoncic helped lead Smithville to a 12-2 mark and a trip to the Missouri Class 4 semis. (Photo: David Smith, 810 Varsity)
Kellen Simoncic, Smithville
Simoncic led Smithville to a 12-2 record and the Missouri Class 4 semis with steady play at quarterback. The senior playcaller threw for 2,428 yards and 27 TDs to 8 INTs and was named to the Missouri Class 4 all-state third team.
Spencer Stewart, Platte County
After transferring from Shawnee Mission Northwest, Stewart took another step up in Platte County's offense. The senior threw for 2,941 yards with 38 touchdowns. He added 203 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in helping Platte County to a 10-2 record.
Stewart threw for nearly 3,000 yards with 38 passing TDs in his lone year as the Pirates quarterback. (Photo: Platte County Citizen)
Mertz was named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl among many other accolades for the Wisconsin commit. (Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity)
Graham Mertz, Blue Valley North
If there was a biggest no-brainer in the 2018 awards, it's Mertz as big class Kansas quarterback - perhaps even of all-time. Mertz was named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after gunning for 3,886 yards and a state-record 51 touchdowns - despite missing 1.5 games with injury. Mertz notched 4+ touchdowns in an 8-game stretch and helped lead BV North back to its second consecutive state title game.
Mussett helped lead Basehor-Linwood to a 10-2 record and the Kansas Class 4A semifinals. (Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity)
Dylan Mussett, Basehor-Linwood
Mussett enjoyed a strong senior campaign with 2,335 passing and 21 TDs, as well as 7 rushing TDs. Mussett was named the first-ever United Kansas Conference Offensive Player of the Year, helping guide Basehor-Linwood to a 10-2 mark and the Kansas Class 4A semifinals.