Winning championships is nothing new to Blue Springs South quarterback Noah Nigro.
When he was 6, he won the Kid Kart National Championship racing go-karts in the restricted class.
When he was 18, he led the Jaguars to the third state championship in school history, completing 8 of 12 passes for 195 yards and a 67-yard touchdown pass to Adam Cofield as undefeated South claimed a 37-28 come-from-behind win over previously undefeated CBC in what he thought would be the final game of his inspirational prep career.
Now, he and the rest of the members of the Missouri All-Star team are hoping for one final win as they represent their state in the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association’s 25th annual Papa John’s Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game that will be played at 7 p.m. June 16 at Blue Springs High School’s Peve Stadium.
“Winning the all-star game would be the cherry on top,” Nigro said before Wednesday’s practice at Raytown High School. “Winning my last high school and winning a state championship was unbelievable, and now, this is our last hurrah as high school players and it would be great to go out with a win against Kansas.”
Nigro missed more games than he can recall with a variety of injuries that culminated with a serious infection that he feared might claim his life as he lie in his hospital bed waiting for doctors to find a medication that would not cause a serious allergic reaction.
“Let’s see,” Nigro said, thinking back over his injury-plagued days, “I broke my ankle and had four screws inserted when I was in middle school.
“Then, in Week 2 my sophomore season, I broke my foot and missed most of that season.”
But the break was Nigro’s least concern.
He developed a serious infection and was allergic to the first two medications doctors used to keep it from finding its way into his bone.
“We were so concerned – not just about him missing games, but about his getting out of it without anything serious happening,” said South and Missouri all-star assistant coach Mike Fansher. “I don’t know how many people knew how serious that was.”
“I know a lot of people who have been through worse things than me,” said Nigro, who will play football at NCAA Division III Washington University in St. Louis. “I know people who have been injured and not come back and been able to play. But there was a time – a short period of time – where I was lying in that hospital bed wondering if I was going to make it