Titans bounce back

PrepsKC staff

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 25, 2015 - 11:33 PM

Lee’s Summit West knew teams around the city would have their eye on the Titans this week.

Coming off their first loss of the season, the Titans responded in grand fashion, rolling past Lee’s Summit 34-14.

From the start, the Titans, 5-1, took advantage of Lee’s Summit miscues, recovering two key fumbles and hauling in an interception in the end zone.

“They were huge,” said Lee’s Summit West head coach Royce Boehm of the opportune turnovers.

The first turnover came on the Tigers second possession of the game. The Titans were able to recover the football on the Lee’s Summit 21 and eventually score on a 1-yard run from Jacob Katzfey. Katzfey, who runs the ball out of the Titans goal line jumbo set, finished the game with three touchdowns on four carries and four total rushing yards.

After forcing the Tigers, 3-3, to turn the ball over on downs deep in Titan territory, West quarterback Cole Taylor hit Phillip Brooks on a screen pass. Brooks shook of a pair of Lee’s Summit tacklers and raced 75 yards for the touchdown.

“Getting out to a quick start was big for us,” Boehm said. “After last week, the kids wanted to get here and get off to a good start.”

Trailing 21-7 in the final seconds of the first half, Lee’s Summit had a chance to pull the game to within a score.

On a fourth-and-goal play from the five, Dalton Hill had his pass to the end zone intercepted by Tyler Boehm. It would have been Hill’s second impressive fourth-down conversion. Earlier in the half he connected with Zach Mitchell on a 28-yard score on a fourth and 23.  

In the second half, the Titans were able to control much of the clock behind a balanced running attack.

“We wanted to come out and establish the run,” said Kevin Knox, who led the Titans in rushing with 66 yards on 16 carries. “We knew if we could do that it would open up the offense a lot more.”

Lee’s Summit didn’t go away quietly. Trailing 24-14, they forced a Lee’s Summit West punt and took over deep in their own territory.

Again though, the turnovers bit the Tigers, this time in the form of a fumble on their own 12.

“They forced those turnovers a lot of times too,” Lee’s Summit coach Eric Thomas said. “They are really good. They are physical football that knows what they want to do and they do it. We got some things accomplished but we can’t have the turnovers. We can’t have the crucial errors. We can’t put our defense in terrible positions with those turnovers. We don’t value the ball very much right now.”