LS West rolls past Kickapoo into semis
By Justin McMillin for the Springfield News-Leader
After winning the pre-game coin toss and deferring to the second half, the crazy choice certainly went through Joel Wells’ mind.
With the very stiff wind that was blowing at Pottenger Stadium on Saturday, kicking off to start each half might have given the Kickapoo Chiefs a chance against powerful Lee’s Summit West.
Instead, Kickapoo chose to receive to open the second half and the Chiefs never made it past midfield in the third quarter. The Titans ended the Chiefs’ sterling season with a 51-14 romp in the Class 5 quarterfinals.
“The one thing I would have done differently is I would have kicked off to start the second half and tried to pin them down on that end of the field,” Wells said. “They were just better than us today. They’ve got a good football team and they pinned us up against the wind and there was nothing we could do about it.”
Not that the Titans wouldn’t have won anyway. Kickapoo (11-1) scored — with the wind — on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Cooper to John Fuchs in the first quarter, but trailed 23-7 at halftime after Lee’s Summit West benefited from great field position.
West quarterback Thomas Ganaden connected on touchdown passes of six and 75 yards, respectively, to Brenner Clemons. A Kickapoo punt — for negative four yards — set up a 3-yard run by Nebraska commit Monte Harrison as the Titans (11-1) built a halftime lead.
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