LS West blows out rival Lee's Summit
By Toriano Porter Special to The Lee's Summit Journal
Four times prior to Lee's Summit West's Class 5 District 9 game against Lee's Summit the Titans held at least a 21-point first quarter lead.
The Titans pushed that number to five in a 56-0 win Friday over the host Tigers that featured a blistering three-touchdown lead after the first 12 minutes of play.
"It really came from our defensive side," Titans head coach Royce Boehm said. "Previous weeks our defense came out and started slow and let offenses strike the ball down the field on us. We kind of took it as a defense as 'you, know what? Offense started fast, let's start fast, too.' It's become a part of our language now and that's what took place."
Lee's Summit played without starting quarterback Justin Givens, a junior who missed the game with an injury.
The Tigers, 3-5 and 0-1 in district play, struggled offensively in Givens' absence mustering only 59 yards of total offense.
"We shot ourselves in the foot a bunch," said Tigers head coach Eric Thomas. "We had penalties early in the game. We just shot ourselves in the foot from the beginning. They're a good team. You give them any cracks and they'll make it a Grand Canyon."
Leading the way for Lee's Summit West was not quarterback Luke Knott, nor did wide receivers Shaquille Harrison or Austin Panko take center stage, although the trio provided plenty of explosive offensive plays.
The spotlight belong to backup defensive lineman Jamone Boyd, a 6-foot-4 inch, 240 pound junior who bides his time on defense rotating in with senior defensive ends Chris Wiseman and Logan Stark.
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