LS West grabs Class 5 title
By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
ST. LOUIS. Mo. - In its short 10-year existence, Lee's Summit West was making its third trip to the Edward Jones Dome Saturday night. The Titans had earned trophies in its two previous visits, and with the offensive talent at nearly every position, could space be made in its trophy case for a third?
Parkway Central was the school to decide that, and early on West made sure the Class 5 Show-Me Bowl trophy would be theirs with a decisive 51-14 victory.
"What a football team, what a football team that stepped on the field today and put together one heck of a victory over a very good Parkway Central team," Titans head coach Royce Boehm said.
Yes, this was the Titans third title in three tries, the first coming in Class 4 against this same Parkway Central team in 2007.
This wasn't just one or two players stepping up for the Titans, this was about as much of a total team effort as you could get.
Let's start with cornerback Logan Cheadle, who probably had the game of the life. He had three interceptions, one a pick six in the third quarter and two others in the first half that set up West touchdowns. Cheadle's three interceptions tied a Show-Me Bowl record.
"I've been waiting all year to get my interceptions," Cheadle said. "Last year I had five I think. This year, I've had zero. I've been waiting for my opportunity, and it presented itself today. My coaches put me in excellent positions to make plays. My linemen and linebackers took care of the run game up front, so they had to start tossing it up, and I just made plays when they were there."
How about wide receiver-turned-Wildcat-specialist Brenner Clemons 45-yard touchdown run? Then there was Ryan Williams running for scores of 11, 35 and 17 yards. Let's not forget Harrison's touchdown out of the Wildcat or Tanner Martin's 30-yard field goal to close out the first half. Even Andrew Palmer got into the act with a short touchdown run in the third quarter.
The list of contributors goes on and on, helping the Titans finish out a 13-1 season.
"The game of football is all five phases of the game being in affect tonight, and I was doing a TV interview, and they said they didn't see Monte Harrison, and I said he was there, but that's what's special about this team," Boehm said. "We have other ways of putting the ball in the end zone."
Williams and his teammates ran wild on a defense that allowed under seven points per game all season. He finished with 122 yards and then DeMarcus Edwards and Palmer spelled him the rest of the way.
"Coach (Derek) Howard said at halftime said they were defending our pass so we had to run the football," Boehm said. "We had a three-headed horsemen in the backfield that was toting the ball for us."
The Titans offensive line outsized and outmanned the Parkway Central defensive line, allowing the decisive statistical advantage.
Defensively, the Titans kept the Colts, 13-2, off balance, out-of-sync and in-check all night. They held the Colts to 171 yards of total offense, 113 through the air and just 58 on the ground.
The Colts scored in the second quarter when tight end Jonathan Bonner caught a 57 yard pass from Zackery Lazenby and late in the fourth when Lazenby plunged in from a yard out.
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