Lee's Summit holds off Ray-Pec
By Toriano Porter Special to the Lee's Summit Journal
Lee’s Summit had a plan defensively and they stuck with it.
The plan was a bend but don’t break mentality to combat Raymore-Peculiar’s power running game and it worked as the Tigers’ defense stood its ground on fourth down with less than a minute left to pull out a 21-20 win Friday at home. The victory left a young and shorthanded Lee’s Summit team with a 2-0 record to start the season.
“Defense played great,” sophomore safety Tanner Allin said. “Offense played great; they came through we they needed to. We just did our jobs. We knew what we had to do.”
Trailing 21-20 with 7 minutes, 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Ray-Pec embarked on a 13-play, 79 yard drive that ended at the Tigers’ 1-yard line. A swarm of Lee’s Summit defenders met Ray-Pec running back Nick Gurera short of the goal line on 4th-and-1 with 53.4 seconds remaining.
Gurera, who rushed 22 times for a 132 yards in the Panthers’ old-school Wing-T offense, carried the ball seven times for 36 yards on the last Ray-Pec drive.
“Coach just told us to ‘bring the house; we’re blizting A, B and C (gaps),’“ Allin said of defensive coordinator Mike Spotts’ instructions. “‘Gotta make a play, gotta make a play.’“ Lee’s Summit head coach Eric Thomas said the injury-plagued and inexperienced Tigers, who played without top running back King Frazier (separated shoulder), came away with a nice win.
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