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Lee’s Summit West makes Friday night lead stick, defeating Blue Springs South 35-23

skeyser@kcstar.com

It may have taken two days, but his first career win was well worth the wait for new Lee’s Summit West coach Vinny Careswell.

The Titans finished off Blue Springs South 35-23 Saturday at home following the game’s postponement due to Friday night’s storm on the opening week of the Missouri high school football season.

“The last few minutes (Saturday) seemed like it took forever to be honest,” Careswell said with a laugh. “I’m worn out. It’s special to beat a team like South, the defending Class 6 champions, and it’s also special to have (former West coach Royce Boehm) here to see his legacy go on.”

If West senior quarterback Cole Taylor continues his performance from Friday and Saturday, the win will be the first of many for Careswell and the Titans.

Taylor threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, finishing with 197 yards passing and 56 yards on the ground.

“We came out here and just executed well,” Taylor said. “We knew what we wanted to do coming into the game. Then after Friday, we came in (Saturday morning), watched film and made some adjustments.”

Taylor threw two of his touchdown passes Saturday as West held a 21-14 lead early in the second half when play resumed. He hit Kevin Knox for a 72-yard score over the middle, then connected on a 14-yard fade pass to Elijah Childs that pushed West’s lead to 35-17.

It marked the second time Taylor and the 6-foot-8 Childs hooked up for a score on a fade pass in the game following a 16-yard connection Friday.

“It’s definitely a go-to play,” Taylor said. “It’s easy with (Childs). He’s so tall, you just throw it up and he’s going to go make a play.”

The teams traded scores Friday — including a 36-yard touchdown run by Taylor — before play was suspended one play into the second half.

Careswell will never forget the game, but not because of its unique circumstances.

“I told the kids they’ll always be ingrained in my memory bank as my first win as a head coach,” he said.

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