LS West powers past Truman

By Toriano Porter Special to the Lee's Summit Journal
Posted: September 30, 2011 - 10:16 PM

Lee’s Summit West’s Shaquille Harrison was ‘shocked’ the kickoff even came his way.

Truman High School head football coach Jeff Floyd was even more surprised.

Either way, Harrison took the first quarter kickoff in question and zoomed past Truman’s kickoff coverage team for a 92-yard touchdown return that helped turn a four-point game into a 42-3 homecoming win Friday for Lee’s Summit West.

Truman had just kicked a field goal to cut the Titans’ early 7-0 lead when Harrison flashed his next level speed with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first quarter.

“Initially, Truman likes to kick it to the left side and I’m on the right side,” Harrison said as he explained the play. “It was a little shocker to me. I kind of almost - not dropped it, but it caught me off guard. When I got it and I was running, I just saw open field and I took off. I ran into a couple of my players but it didn’t faze me, I just kept running.”

Added Floyd, the Patriots coach: “We were trying to go a deep left kick and we hit it short. It was high and it set up a good return. We didn’t cover well and it just spiraled from there.”

Harrison, a 6-foot-3 inch, 190 pound wide receiver and one of the area’s top returning basketball players, is starting to make some noise on the football field. The kickoff return against the Patriots highlighted Harrison’s playmaking potential.

“Shaq’s got some promise right now,” Titans head coach Royce Boehm said. “(College recruiters) were here today and they like Shaq.”