Ready for Prime Time

PrepsKC staff

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: November 4, 2016 - 11:57 PM

Brady McCanles’ return to the field Friday night was one of those moments that may go down in Rockhurst lore.

Midway through the third quarter, McCanles was on the Rockhurst sideline with his arm in a sling, shoulder pads elsewhere on the sidelines.

Minutes later after backup Michael Pearl suffered a knee injury, McCanles was back on the field, left elbow heavily taped.

Three plays later, McCanles hauled in a 61-yard touchdown pass, his third touchdown of the night, giving the Hawklets a 27-17 victory over Lee’s Summit West in a Class 6 quarterfinal.  

“As soon as Mikey (Pearl) went down I thought ‘I need to be there for my team and I wanted to get back into that game as soon as possible,’” said McCanles, who suffered a hyperextended elbow in the first half.

Heading into halftime it looked as though McCanles’ night was done.

“I told the trainer that this is the district championship, I wanted to get back in this game,” McCanles said.

The pass from Chance May to McCanles snatched back momentum from Lee’s Summit West who had roared back from a 20-7 deficit late in the first half.

Before the touchdown, things were looking bleak for the Hawklets. Tight end Jacob Sykes had suffered an injury on the same drive as Pearl.

“When you see us, we are who we are. Play defense, kick the ball and hope for a play,” Rockhurst head coach Tony Severino said.

And at that point, the top three playmakers for Rockhurst were on the bench.

“When he said he was ready, I said just don’t fumble the football,” Severino said. “He holds the ball in the right arm anyway and it was his left elbow so that was probably the only good thing about it.”

Through the first three quarters the game was full of momentum swings.

Lee’s Summit West got on the board first with a 54-yard touchdown pass from Cole Taylor to Mario Goodrich. On the following drive, the Titans were able to stop the Hawklets in Titan territory.

Then came the first momentum swing.

Rockhurst defensive back Cole Beshoner stepped in front of a Lee’s Summit West pass and went untouched 23 yards for a touchdown.

“That was huge, it just turned everything around,” Severino said of Beshoner’s touchdown.

The Hawklets extended their lead to 20-7 after the first two of McCanles’ touchdowns.

Leading 20-7, Rockhurst had a chance to extend its lead before the half, but Goodrich stepped in front of a pass from May, returning it 63 yards for a touchdown.

With the momentum then on its side, the Titans tacked on a field goal in the third quarter, closing the score to 20-17.

From there, the Titans would get no closer.

Rockhurst moves on to host Kirkwood, a 45-7 winner over Eureka.

As for what the Hawklets know about Kirkwood?

“Not a thing,” Severino said. “I know they have a really good quarterback. We’ve seen that. We’ve seen good quarterbacks the whole way through.”