West is best

Jeff Stead/PrepsKC

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: August 24, 2018 - 11:17 PM

The Lee’s Summit West defense wasted no time on Friday night showing they weren’t going to be overlooked.  

In a game featuring a veteran West offense and a battle-tested Park Hill defense of course it stands to reason that the difference was the youthful Titan defense.

Behind three first half turnovers, the Titans knocked off Park Hill 34-21.

On the first defensive play of the game for the Titans, they forced a fumble. Coupled with a pair of interceptions and a three-and-out on their first four possessions, they left the Trojans reeling in the first half – and down 24-0.

“It was kind of the unknown,” Lee’s Summit West coach Vinny Careswell said of his defense. “We didn’t know what Park Hill had, so for us to come out and stop those drives that Park Hill initiated, it was an awesome confidence builder for our D. I’m proud of them.”

Meanwhile, while the defense was stifling in the first half, the offense, led by quarterback Ben Kobel was clicking in midseason form.

On the opening drive of the game, Kobel orchestrated a 17-play, 69-yard drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock, a drive that was capped off by a 5-yard touchdown run by Taylor Wilson.

“(The long drive) told us to just settle down, keep calm and move on every play,” Kobel said.

Kobel finished the night completing 30 of 41 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown pass. Ten of those completions were to Sammy Cooper, who had 105 receiving yards to go along with two touchdown runs.

After taking a 24-0 lead int the half, momentum swung in the direction of the Trojans early in the third quarter.

While their offense looked lethargic in much of the first half, Park Hill came out with a fast-paced approach and jumped on the scoreboard on the opening possession of the half and would get the game as close as 31-21 midway through the fourth quarter.

“We can’t put ourselves in that hole,” Park Hill coach Josh Hood said. “Not in these games, not in this conference, with this schedule, but we did it and I’m going to tell you it won’t happen again. We’ll fix that, but we played out of it. We just didn’t have enough time in the end.”

Despite the loss, the Trojans looked like a different team in the second half.

“We had a lot of kids that did their first thing,” Hood said. “Got their first catch, got their first run, got their first tackle and now we are ready to work. We’ll be ready for week 2.”