When Central football lined up against Suburban Red Conference foe Lee’s Summit Friday night, the Indians were hoping to cap off the school’s week of homecoming festivities with a victory.
Those hopes were squandered, and the Tigers left Noyes Field with a 56-14 win.
“It was disappointing,” Central coach Regi Trotter said. “I’m really disappointed with how we played offensively, very disappointed with how we tackled defensively. You can’t beat anybody like that.”
After Central’s offense stalled at its own 44 on the game’s opening drive, Lee’s Summit junior quarterback Elijah Martinez converted a fourth-and-7 at midfield to keep the Tigers’ first possession of the game alive.
He put the punctuation on that drive, too, finding junior wideout Joshua Manning for a 13-yard touchdown to give Lee’s Summit a 7-0 lead with 8 minutes and 2 seconds left in the first quarter.
Martinez wasn’t never supposed to play in the game, or at least Central didn’t think so. The dual-threat quarterback sat out during the Tigers’ Week 6 win against North Kansas City.
He played against the Indians, though, and made his mark on the game, as he finished with five touchdown passes.
“I was ready for whoever played quarterback,” Trotter said. “It was nothing that was overly special with either one of them, it was just a matter of us having to tackle people.”
Martinez paved the way for Lee’s Summit (3-4) to carry a 35-0 lead into the half, one that ballooned to 42-0 on the opening drive of the second half.
The Indians (1-6) were quick to respond to that, as junior quarterback Stone Wetlaufer found senior wideout Will Halsey for a 46-yard touchdown less than two minutes later to make it 42-7 with 8:28 left in the third quarter.
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