Lee’s Summit West’s seven-on-seven football team took home the crown over Fort Osage 35-28 at the Midwest Championship held Saturday at Lee’s Summit North.
With both teams battling through five to six games, players had to expend every last bit of energy to compete at the highest level.
The Titans got out to an early score when quarterback Bryce Kreikemeier connected with star receiver Ryan Williams in the end zone for the first score.
“We’ve been running routes for a few years now. I know what he’s doing; he knows what I’m doing,” Kreikemeier said.”
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Kreikemeier was named MVP of the event, which was put on by Lee’s Summit North and the U.S. Army, but it could have been given to anyone on the offense, according to their coach.
“It recognizes all receivers and running backs that caught his balls and made all those touchdowns, and Bryce knows that, too,” Titans head coach Royce Boehm said. “He’s a very humble man.”
The Kreikemeier-Williams duo is a solid pair.
“I was just trying to save some energy. I’m pretty comfortable with what Bryce does and pretty confident with all his balls and try to make him look better,” Williams said with a smile.
However, the Indians did not give up easily. The team scored two touchdowns of its own, making it 14-14 game at halftime.
“We got into our rhythm passing game,” Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz said. “I thought our quarterback (Skylar Thompson) got the ball out of his hands quickly, being decisive on his reads.”
After a close battle for much of the game, Lee’s Summit West scored on four touchdown passes in the second half, keeping the same quick rhythm from its earlier 7-on-7 games.
“That’s tempo,” Boehm said. “That’s where you work on your tempo, and that’s big for us. In the heat of the moment, we’re asking our kids to make plays. “
Having that constant tempo allowed the Titans to stay consistent throughout the day. Plus a championship always feels good in the hot and muggy months of the summer.
“The kids came out today and they competed,” Boehm said. “That’s the thing we’re really looking at today."