So far, the Lee’s Summit West Titans have cruised through conference play. Friday night’s home game against Raymore-Peculiar was no exception.
By KATHLEEN GIER
Special to The Star
Senior wide receiver Monte Harrison led the Titans with three touchdowns, and running back Ryan Williams added two more as they defeated the Panthers 49-13.
With the victory, LS West improved to 4-0 in the suburban Middle Six League and 6-1 overall. Raymore-Peculiar dropped to 3-4 and 0-4 in conference play.
It also marked victory No. 100 for head coach Royce Boehm.
“It’s hard to believe,” Boehm said clutching the game ball.
His Titans controlled the game from the beginning, jumping out to an early 21-0 lead in the first quarter behind a pair of touchdown runs from Harrison and another from Williams. They also held the Panthers to just two first downs in that time, including a 14-yard run by junior running back Isaiah Truss as the clock ran out on the opening quarter.
When play continued, the Panthers handed it off to Truss three more times before a 22-yard touchdown run put that them on the board. Raymore-Peculiar added one more touchdown before the half with a 10-yard pass from Reed Davis to senior wide receiver Jason Wilson.
The Titans had a commanding 35-13 lead at halftime and scored two more times after the break, on touchdowns from Harrison and Williams again.
Despite scoring almost half the points, Harrison only rushed for 12 yards and had 15 receiving.
“People really worry about my stats and stuff like that, but I’m not worried about that,” Harrison said. “I’m trying to win and trying to get that ring on my finger. Other than that, it’s a team effort.”
Although the Titans had the ball for nearly 10 minutes less than the Panthers did, they rushed for 330 yards compared to just 117 by Raymore-Peculiar. Truss led the Panthers with 103 rushing yards on 22 carries.
“I’m very proud of them,” Boehm said of his Titans.
“We’ve got so many new things in our system right now that our kids are buying into, and we are so deep right now with the talent that we have that we are able to put all different kind of packages together.”
With three games to go, Harrison said they still have some things to work on like their three turnovers, which came in the form of an interception and two fumbles.
“We did pretty well, but there were some key mistakes that we’re going to have to make up,” Harrison said. “We’ll have to eliminate those mistakes going into the playoffs.”