The truth is Lee's Summit West might never erase the memory of a windy, sunny afternoon last November. Nine months later, the football events of that day — a Missouri Class 5 quarterfinal loss to Ozark — remain a fresh wound.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Titans senior cornerback Logan Cheadle labeled it the worst loss of his football career. The undefeated Titans gave up a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining to lose.
No, they're unlikely to forget that. But there's a way to remove some of the sting — winning the following year.
"We've got a long road to go if we want to make up for that loss, but it's doable," Lee's Summit West coach Royce Boehm said. "That game is there (in their minds). You don't even have to mention it. You can see it in the kids' eyes."
That's because it's largely the same group who experienced that loss.
Lee's Summit West returns a host of talent offensively, including nearly all of its skill players. Senior quarterback Thomas Ganaden is back to lead the offense. Running back Ryan Williams ran for 1,112 yards as a sophomore. And wide receiver (and wildcat quarterback) Monte Harrison totaled 14 touchdowns.
The Titans hope that will remove some of the burden from the defense, which lost six starters from a group that posted four shutouts.
"We're in reverse mode this year. Last year we had 11 returning defensive guys, and this year our depth is on offense," Boehm said. "Our offense is going to have to give us some time to build back and give the defense a chance to catch up."