Friday, Jan. 04, 2013
Local football stars compete in national championship
Three youth football stars competed in the second annual Football University National Championship.
Harrisonville’s Bo Meisenheimer and Raymore-Peculiar’s Jujuan Willis and Noah Durham were all selected to participate on team Kansas City Kansas.
The first round of playoff games were held Dec. 1 in Wichita, Kan. Meisenheimer played on the sixth grade all-star team that defeated Wichita, Kan., but lost to Oklahoma. Willis and Durham competed on the seventh grade all-start team, which won their first game against Midland, Texas, but lost to Wichita, Kan.
For the seventh and eighth grade teams, the Final Four earned an all-expense paid trip to San Antonio, Texas to play in the National Championship final following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4.
Meisenheimer is a sixth grader at Harrisonville Middle School. He played flag football through second grade with the Harrisonville Wildcats, but transitioned to play competitively in the Blue Valley league. He was also asked to try out for the Kansas team and attended Simoneau Sports training this past summer.
Durham is a seventh grader at Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School and started playing football in kindergarten. IN the 2012 season, Durham played for the Raymore-Peculiar Titans, in the Blue Springs competitive leagues gold division. He plays quarterback, running back, receiver, kick returner, corner and safety. Durham received the MVP award at the Rockhurst quarterback camp, which he has attended since fourth grade.
Willis is a seventh grader at Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School and started playing football in second grade for the Raymore-Peculiar Titans. He played six seasons for the Titans and will play for the school team. He is the younger brother of Jordan Willis, the Rockhurst defensive end, who earned a full ride to play at Kansas State University. Willis has seven brothers and three sisters.
For more information about FBU, visit www.footballuniversity.org.