Last man standing

PrepsKC staff

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 22, 2017 - 10:37 PM

Big plays were the difference as Lee's Summit West held off Park Hill

31-27 in a matchup of two of the best teams in Class 6 on Friday night at Park Hill District Stadium.

In the battle of top 5 teams, the Titans were able to answer every Park Hill counterpunch before landing the knockout blow with just over two minutes left in the game.

With 4:32 to play, Park Hill linebacker Haden Wallace intercepted a deflected pass which set up the Trojans at the LS West 27. Just 32 seconds later, Park Hill QB Billy Maples connected with junior wideout Payton Stanfield to give the Trojans their first lead of the game at 27-24.

The lead lasted just over one minute as the Titan running back Phillip Brooks plunged into the end zone one play after sophomore receiver Trevor Kardell's reception inside the Park Hill 5-yard-line. Brooks'

rushing score gave LS West a four-point lead with 2:52 left.

Park Hill still had more than two minutes to regain the lead, but the Titans' defense forced and recovered a fumble at the Park Hill 34.

"Our offensive line was huge, if it wasn't for them there is no way those big plays would have happened," Kardell, who caught two TD passes in the win, said. "We're a family and we know we're always going to bounce back. This is a huge win for us."

The Titans jumped all over the Trojans building a 21-6 lead by the

10:34 mark of the second quarter.

LS West junior signal-caller Ben Kobel threw a pair of scores to Kardell, while Park Hill’s Dorian Clayton notched a 5-yard scoring plunge to make it 14-6 after the first quarter.

Less than two minutes into the second LS West dialed up a trick play which was run to perfection as Cade Clemons connected with Sammy Cooper on a 68-yard reverse pass.

It didn’t take long for the Trojans to respond. On the ensuing drive, Jordan Murphy raced passed the Titan defense on a pass from Maples for the 85-yard TD.

The Titans pushed the lead to 12 on a field goal with 4:40 to play in the half, but Park Hill took the momentum into the break with Clayton’s second TD and a two-point conversion to make it 24-20 at halftime.

"Big plays with the athletes we have are common for us," LS West head coach Vinny Careswell said. "This is the third game in a row that we've been behind at a critical point and in those games there's never been a doubt that we couldn't come back and win. I'm so proud of these guys for battling adversity and always fighting."

LS West (5-1) is at Fort Osage next week and Park Hill (4-2) travels to Raymore-Peculiar.