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Lee’s Summit West strikes with series of long scoring plays in 52-21 win against Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit West’s Zach Shanholtzer advanced the ball against Lee’s Summit on Friday night at Lee’s Summit High School.
Lee’s Summit West’s Zach Shanholtzer advanced the ball against Lee’s Summit on Friday night at Lee’s Summit High School. Special to the Star

The offense has few comparisons, with its combination of pace and quick-strike ability accounting for nearly six touchdowns per game. In that vein, each time the Lee’s Summit Tigers have stepped onto the football field this season, the ensuing 48 minutes have featured a string of long-yardage scoring plays.

A meeting with their rival on Friday provided more of the same.

With one exception — it was Lee’s Summit West supplying the back-breaking moments and not Lee’s Summit.

Lee’s Summit West scored five times on plays of 30-plus yards in a 52-21 victory against Lee’s Summit in the regular season finale at Lee’s Summit.

“They play really fast, so we had to do a lot to of conditioning just to make sure we were ready for them,” said LS West junior cornerback Mario Goodrich, who scored twice on interception returns for touchdowns. “We were able to make some plays.”

A lot of them.

In a matchup of two teams in The Star's big class poll, Lee's Summit West, 7-2, extended its win streak to six games and handed the Tigers their first loss since the opening week. LS West came in ranked No. 6 and Lee’s Summit No. 4

Lee’s Summit West beat Lee’s Summit at its own game — dynamic offense.

And it added in some trickery, too. Clinging to a seven-point lead in the second quarter, Lee’s Summit West perfectly executed a reverse that ended with wide receiver Caleb Pennington throwing the football back to quarterback Cole Taylor, who made a catch in traffic and ran into the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown.

Taylor caught one touchdown, rushed for another and passed for two more — all before halftime. Lee’s Summit West led 28-7 at the break.

“I think it’s a good start for us, and it’s like a jumpstart for the playoffs,” Taylor said. “This definitely felt like a playoff game for us.”

It was an atypically ineffective offensive outing for Lee’s Summit, with the exception of wideout Somaj Brewer, who caught two touchdowns from quarterback Dalton Hill. The Tigers looked themselves on the opening drive of the second half, which resulted in a touchdown that cut the lead to 28-14. But the Titans quickly squashed any thought of a comeback, scoring twice more over the next 62 seconds.

How? More big plays.

The offense provided them in the opening half. The defense supplied them in the third quarter. Well, actually, Goodrich supplied most of them.

He picked off three passes in the game, and he turned two into third-quarter touchdowns, scoring on returns of 60 and 84 yards.

Goodrich had three defensive touchdowns last year. He got his first two of this season on Friday in the regular season finale.

“I’ve been waiting and waiting for one,” Goodrich said. “I jumped (the route) and just saw daylight.”