Kickstart to victory

PrepsKC staff

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 16, 2016 - 9:25 PM

With the game tied 7-7 early in the second half, Lee’s Summit West was looking for a boost.

Enter Phillip Brooks.

The junior kick returner and running back gave the Titans the kickstart they would need as they scored 21 unanswered points to defeated Lawrence 28-7.

“Anytime you get a big play like that it’s a morale booster,” said Lee’s Summit West head coach Vinny Careswell. “I think that got our players motivated. It gives you life. It gives a new feeling of ‘I’m ready to go.’”

On that drive quarterback Cole Taylor connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Mario Goodrich to score what would ultimately be the game-winning touchdown.

“I knew we had some momentum and them we lost it,” Brooks said. “We really needed to make a big play on the return.”

Brooks would add on a 19-yard touchdown run on the next possession for the Titans. He finished the night with 120 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns.

As the Titans began to gain momentum, Brooks continued to get more touches.

“I think once they saw that Phillip was going to get a consistent play call, it kind of broke them down,” Careswell said.

If a Titans offense getting momentum wasn’t bad enough for the Chesty Lions, quarterback Dante Jackson suffered an injury that knocked him out of the game in the middle of the third quarter.

Jackson had provided the biggest spark for Lawrence. On the first possession of the second half, he found a seam in the middle of the Titan defense and ran 66 yards to tie the game, 7-7.

Once he left the game however the Lee’s Summit West defense focused on stopping Lawrence running back Trey Moore and subsequently stopped any real offensive production.

“Coach Kruse did a great job with the game plan,” Careswell said. “The focus was on containing #1 (Jackson)  and #38 (Moore). They are dynamic athletes. You saw #1 break one there. He’s lightning. That was our mission, to contain them and slow them down a little bit.”

The victory was another win for Missouri in the Sunflower/Suburban Conference Showdown.

With the interstate game completed, the two squads both host important conference games next week. Lawrence hosts Shawnee Mission West, while Lee’s Summit West hosts Park Hill.

The chance to play a new opponent though, was a fun one for Brooks.

“I’m so used to playing Missouri teams,” he said. I’m like friends with all of them. To see new people, it was a good time.”