Lee's Summit wins, but loses star tailback

By John Beaudoin Lee's Summit Journal Publisher
Posted: August 26, 2011 - 11:58 PM

At some point this season, coach Eric Thomas warned his team, they would face some adversity.

Who knew those setbacks would come just minutes into the first game of the season. After mounting a quick 16-0 lead on the visiting William Chrisman Bears, Lee’s Summit running back and team backbone King Frazier went down with a shoulder injury that permanently took him out of the game.

Faced with that looming adversity, the Tigers eventually rallied the troops and came away with a 40-28 home-opening win on a special night at the football stadium.

Before the game began, longtime Lee’s Summit supporter Bud Hertzog had the stadium named for him. Surrounded by family and friends, the emotional pre-game ceremony set the stage for a memorable opening night on the football field.

Drained after the see-saw match, Thomas could just smile in the locker room.

“I told them at some point adversity is going to hit, and it did,” he said. “We lost King in the first quarter and had to adjust. And honestly, I think it took us until halftime to regroup. I had to adjust our game plan for sure.”

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