Lee's Summit tops LS North in rivalry game
By Mike Genet The Examiner
A three-touchdown lead in the first half Friday proved enough cushion for Lee’s Summit to earn its first conference win this season at Lee’s Summit North, but only after a wild fourth quarter which saw the neighboring rivals combine for seven touchdowns and produce a 42-35 final.
Casey Slaughter didn’t record any of the game’s scores despite logging 37 carries, but he did have two of the biggest plays, running for 7 yards on third-and-3 and 11 yards on third-and-6 to allow the Tigers (2-4 overall, 1-3 Suburban Big Six) to run out the clock at Lee’s Summit North High School.
For the Broncos, who fell to 1-5 (0-3 conference) after twice battling back to within a touchdown, it illustrated a recurring issue.
“It’s something we’ve battled all year defensively,” North coach Ty Kohl said. “We’ve gotta find a way to get those offenses off the field. That’s been the difference.”
Slaughter, a 225-pound junior, finished with 202 yards. Dan McElroy, starting his second game at quarterback in place of sophomore Drew Lock (illness), completed 12 of 19 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Ian Burch.
“I thought our kids battled,” Lee’s Summit coach Eric Thomas said. “By no means did we play perfect. We made mistakes, especially in the secondary, but we had kids step up.”
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