LS West gets revenge over LS North
By Matt Gerstner PrepsKC staff writer
The first time Lee’s Summit West and Lee’s Summit North faced each other this season it was late-game heroics that decided the game in the Broncos’ favor. This time, with their season on the line, the Titans were in no mood for theatrics.
West turned three first half interceptions into 21 points and controlled nearly the entire game on their way to a 34-14 win Friday night on their home turf. The win advances them to the second round of the Missouri Class 6 playoffs in the District 4 bracket.
“Three interceptions in the first half might be a record in our school, but more importantly it set the tone for us,” West head coach Royce Boehm said.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Boehm’s squad.
“We use numbers around here, and it’s seven, six, four and three. That’s been our margin of loss in each of our losses,” he said. “We’ve been in every ball game, and it’s basically the Titans beating the Titans. And I told the guys if we eliminate that stuff, we’ll come out on the other side.”
Defensive back Bennett Frederickson, who had the final interception return for a touchdown, said his team’s confidence was high going in.
“We felt good going into the game, but you never know what can happen. We always play hard and are always ready,” he said.
The Titans began the fun with a 13-play, 76 yard drive, capped off by a fake-run pass by Knox to Tyler Boehm for the nine-yard score. The Broncos quickly responded as quarterback Nate Webb threw a 79-yard bomb to Sterling Swopes while being driven to the turf.
From there, the Titan defense stole the show.
After West quarterback Cole Taylor tossed an interception, Jaquae Jones bailed him out with a 40-yard tip drill pick-six. North looked to have another answer in the bag before Ethan Owens took a pass 80 yards the other way and into the end zone.
After West tacked on a field goal, Frederickson called his fellow defensive back with an 80-yard pick-six of his own to put the Titans up 31-7 just before the midway point.
“I had a lot of fun running down the field on that one,” he said with a laugh.
At the half, West had more yards returning interceptions than total offense (200-137).
The Titans recovered a North fumble on the first play of the second half and turned it into another field goal while the defense was comparatively conservative the rest of the second half.
The Broncos looked to have one last breath of life twice in the third quarter. Myles Craddock got the sack-strip on Taylor deep in Titan territory, but the offense could not punch it in from the three-yard line, fumbling the snap on 4th-and-goal. North would once again get inside the 10-yard line but would turn it over on downs.
North would finally get another score as Caleb Aston found Cameron Hairston on a 13-yard pass late in the game, but by then the game was wrapped up. It did not, however, take away from the turnaround success first-year head coach Jamar Mozee brought to the Broncos that had just one win last year.
“The season was a blessing,” he said. “The kids worked hard and gave me everything they had. I got everything I could out of my seniors. I didn’t have them for four years, but they will always be dear to me.
“We’re going to come back next year and work even harder. I know what I need to work on, and I know what we need to get better at.”
West moves on to take on Springfield Kickapoo, a team that is undefeated and the top seed in the district bracket.
“I know they’ve done a great job so far this year, and it’s going to be a hell of a ball game,” Boehm said. “But we’re excited to make the trip and play against them.”
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