LS West rallies to top Blue Springs South
By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
For a time Friday night, it appeared that Lee’s Summit West, who was ranked in No. 1 in Missouri Class 6 a week ago, might be on its way to a second-straight loss.
The Titans offense was muddling along, not recording a first down until midway through the second quarter. The defense was giving up yards in chunks and the special teams were turning the ball over.
Then something clicked for the Titans as they overcame a 10-point halftime deficit and slid past Blue Springs South 23-13 and improved to 6-1.
The final touchdown for the Lee’s Summit West came on an 85-yard interception return by Josh Woodruff in the final seconds as the Jaguars had moved deep into Titan territory.
That play finished off the scoring that finally came to life for the Titans midway through the third quarter, as they trailed 13-3.
Lee’s Summit West running back Ryan Williams got things going for his team when he broke a pair of tackles in the backfield and raced 70-yards to pull the Titans within 3 points.
“Someone had to make a play for us,” Williams said. “I just saw an opening and hit the hole.”
The run from Williams swung the momentum from the Jaguars sideline firmly into the Titans grasp.
West kicker Dalton Dye tacked on his second and third field goals from 32 and 31 yards to give the Titans a 16-13 lead with 1:52 left in the game.
Still, the Jaguars had a chance and quickly moved the ball to the West 30 before Woodruff stepped in front of a Noah Nigro pass and sealed the victory.
For the Titans, it was another case of a slow start, this time one they were able to overcome.
“It’s obviously something we are going to have to work on in practice,” Williams said. “As we get deeper and deeper into the season if we keep starting slow like this its going to bite us.”
Meanwhile Blue Springs South, 2-5, saw another chance to pick up a signature win slip away.
“You have to find the positive things to build off of,” Blue Springs South coach Greg Oder said.
Perhaps the biggest difference in the two halves for the Jaguars was the ball control.
“We stopped getting first downs,” Oder said. “We were able to really control the ball in the first half and in the second half I felt like our defense was constantly out there.”
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