Off the bench for the win

PrepsKC staff

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 23, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Lee’s Summit West and Park Hill may have needed overtime to determine a winner, but the Titans also needed a big assist from backup quarterback Ben Kobel as well.

Kobel, a sophomore, led the Titans back from 12 down in the second half as Lee’s Summit West defeated the Trojans 36-29 in overtime.

“He saved us,” defensive lineman Isaiah Childs said of the backup quarterback’s play.

Kobel scored the winning touchdown in overtime on a quarterback keeper to go along with a fourth quarter touchdown pass and running in a two-point conversion.

He filled in for senior Cole Taylor, who did his share of damage in the first half, running for a pair of touchdowns of 33 and 3 yards. Late in the first half though, he was shaken up on a sack from Chester Graves and didn’t return.

After one stalled drive to start the second half, the Titans found their rhythm with Kobel and overcame a 26-14 deficit midway through the third quarter.

“Kobel came in a tough situation with us down,” said Lee’s Summit West head coach Vinny Careswell. “He’s pretty solid all around. We were really impressed with him in the JV games that he’s played and in practice. He carried himself well tonight.”

The Titans closed the gap to 26-21 when Phillip Brooks scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 1:41 left in the third quarter.

After the Titans defense stopped the Trojans, Kobel connected with Mario Goodrich on an 11-yard strike. With a 27-26 lead, the Titans went for two and Kobel completed the conversion.

Trailing by three, 29-26, the Trojans final opportunity came with 2:10 remaining.

Park Hill and quarterback Billy Maples made it to the Lee’s Summit West 35 and appeared to score the game winning touchdown, before it was called back for holding.

The holding call put the Trojans ultimately in a third and 20. Maples found Quinton Harris for a 19 yard gain which got Park Hill to the Lee’s Summit West 29.

With 29 seconds left, Trojan kicker Parker Sampson hit a 46-yard field goal. It was Sampson’s fifth field goal of the night.

“I like Parker on every one of those,” Park Hill coach Josh Hood said. “I’ll take them every time, but we were just one block, one play away from turning one of those three points into seven and we win this football game.”

It was a feeling of missed opportunities for the Trojans and a point of defensive rallying for the Titans.

With the game in overtime, Kobel connected on a fourth-and-one from the 16 when he found Joseph Shapiro-Scavuzzo out of the backfield. The reception got the Titans to the Trojan 2. Kobel then punched it in from inside the 1 to take the 36-29 lead.

During the Trojans overtime possession, they came up short on fourth down inside the Titan 10. Childs sacked Maples to end the game.

“I knew they were going to pass it,” Childs said. “My mindset was just to go. Go and get the quarterback.”