Just too much

PrepsKC staff

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 14, 2016 - 11:29 PM

If Lee’s Summit West wanted to see exactly how good of a football team it could be, look no further than Friday night’s victory over rival Lee’s Summit.

The Titans put together a near perfect performance, rolling past Lee’s Summit 52-21.

At the center of it was do everything junior Mario Goodrich. He finished his night with three interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns of 84 and 60 yards.

“Mario is special,” said Lee’s Summit West coach Vinny Careswell. “First of all he’s very intelligent as far as his football IQ and then when you put him in a spot to make a play, he is a playmaker. He is lightning fast and his objective is to score when he touches the ball. It doesn’t matter if it is on offense, defense, punt return, kickoff return, he’s that explosive.”

Goodrich led a defense that kept intense pressure on a Lee’s Summit offense that was held to its second lowest scoring output of the season.

The junior defensive back attributed much of it to preparation.

“We were practicing on that all week,” Goodrich said. “I had been watching the film all week and new he would come back to the back side. I was waiting for it and it came.”

The strong defensive performance coupled with a strong start from Lee’s Summit West spelled trouble for the Tigers.

While Goodrich did the majority of his work from the final minute of the first half and into the third, it was quarterback Cole Taylor who helped build the lead.

On the opening drive Taylor scored on what seemed to be his fourth effort.

He added on a pair of touchdown passes including a 64-yard touchdown to Zach Shanholtzer and a touchdown reception.

Taylor hauled in the touchdown pass from Caleb Pennington who took the ball on a reverse then lofted a ball toward the quarterback.

From there Taylor avoided a hard charging safety to score from 31 yards out.

“It felt awesome,” Taylor said of the score. “We’ve been working on it for a while and had it in our game plan so it finally worked. I knew he was going to hit me. I just spun and he missed so I took off.”

After trailing 28-7 at the half, Lee’s Summit closed the gap to 28-14 after scoring on the first possession of the second half. With the game within two scores it looked as the Tigers might be able to get back in the game.

Phillip Brooks quickly changed that with a 47-yard touchdown run.

The following possession, Goodrich returned his first of two interception returns and the Titans rolled on.