Lee's Summit West tops in 7-on-7

Dion Clisso/PrepsKC

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: June 19, 2011 - 11:36 PM

There were no pads and officials and the games didn’t count in the standings but Lee’s Summit West again showed why it was one of the top programs in the Metro.

The Titans were consistently good in all phases of its attack as the Titans won the 15th Annual Lee’s Summit North 7-on-7 Midwest Championships Saturday.

West rolled through pool play in the 18-team tournament and then looked very impressive in bracket play taking out Ruskin, Lafayette County and then Raytown South 5-4 in the championship game. The Titans faced a tough battle from the Cardinals but were able to hold on for the win.

One of the biggest plays of the title game was turned in by Austin Panko. Panko battled for a ball in the corner of the endzone only to grab the ball out of the air from his back for a score. Panko said the tournament was a good way for the Titans to get ready for the upcoming season.

“It’s a lot of good competition and you learn a lot about your team,” Panko said. “Everybody’s going to give us there best shot. We have to be ready for everbody.”

The win was impressive because Raytown South made a strong run of its own through the bracket. The Cardinals stopped Shawnee Mission East and Platte County before falling to West. In the title game Raytown South gave everything it had but the Titans edged them out.

South coach David Allie said his team improved a lot after a 1-2 start in pool play and really got a lot out of the tournament.

“I like the way our kids bounced back and actually made it here,” Allie said. “We made some plays to get here. Really I just like the way we responded from the morning.”

One of the players who responded for South was receiver Delvone Rouser who grabbed two touchdowns in the final that were key for the Cardinals effort.

“It felt very good to do well,” Rouser said. “I’m out here trying to make plays for my team.”