What Steve Said: Steve Bubalo 10/5

Steve Bubalo

By Steve Bubalo PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 5, 2017 - 11:43 PM



For the first time in nearly a month - 28 days to be exact - Lee’s Summit West will be back on its home field for a football game.

And they return home one of the hottest teams in the area, having won five straight game for a 6-1 record, which has moved them up to a No. 4 ranking in Class 6.

The last three games in particular have been an impressive stretch of victories. They’ve defeated Lawrence, Park Hill and Fort Osage, all on the road. Those teams have a combined record of 13-3 when they are playing anyone other than the Titans.

I got to witness the Titans at what was probably pretty close to their best this past Friday when they steamrolled Fort Osage the last three quarters of that game, showing the force, they can be on both sides of the ball.

What stood out the most and eventually broke the game open for West was their passing game. While I came in excited to see what standout running back Phillip Brooks could do, and he didn’t disappoint despite a slow start, it was quarterback Ben Kobel and his slew of wide receivers that opened my eyes.

While I clearly haven’t seen every team in the area, this was the most impressive passing attack I’ve seen thus far. When Kobel has time, he throws a great deep ball. Even backup quarterback Sam Cooper got in for a series and connected on a 44-yard pass, while Brooks ran a trick play to perfection and threw a 41-yard touchdown pass of his own.

In all, the Titans had six passes that went for 30-plus yards. Four different receivers caught those passes, with 6-foot-1 Cade Clemons leading the way, hauling in four receptions for 180 yards and a pair of scores. This might be the most balanced offense of any big-class team, which could fair well for a deep run in the playoffs.

Since joining Class 6 back in 2014, this might be the best team the Titans have had. After going a combined 12-9 their first two seasons, they put together a solid 9-3 record last season before losing in the district final to Rockhurst.

Of course, it won’t be easy. Behind them in the rankings are two high-quality teams in Park Hill and Rockhurst. Lee’s Summit North is no slouch at 4-3, while Blue Springs South seems to have righted the ship after a poor start.

Ahead of the Titans in the rankings is the team that gave them their lone defeat, Blue Springs. In Week 2, the Wildcats shut down the high-powered Titan offense in a 19-6 win. The Wildcats also lost a close game to Park Hill early in the year, 28-25, while also defeating Rockhurst, 21-14. The Titans squeaked out a close win over the Trojans a couple of weeks ago, 31-27.

What does it all mean? That the Class 6 playoffs is going to be a lot of fun. For my money, Blue Springs is still the slight favorite from the area. But it is slight. And after what I saw from the Titans last Friday, they are as dangerous as anybody.