By Fred Liggett of the Tribune
The goal oriented 2013 Leeís Summit West High School football team accomplished their season long objective Saturday night in St. Louis when they won the Class 5 State title by beating Parkway Central 51-14.
All year long the Titans remembered the "Sting" of their playoff loss last season to Ozark preventing them from advancing to St. Louis. As this season wore on the team won by a large margin every week and it was easy to see they would not be denied.
Once at the Edward Jones Dome last Saturday the Titans didnít waste time in showing their opponent this was going to be a BIG day for the Titans. Leeís Summit West scored the first 27 points of the game with four rushing touchdowns. Brenner Clemons scored first on a 45 yard run to cap just a :36 second three play drive.
Monte Harrison scored from two yards out, then in the 2nd quarter Ryan Williams scored twice, once from 11 yards out the other from 35 yards. With a little more than 3 minutes to play in the first half the Parkway Central Colts finally scored on a big pass play that went for 57 yards. As time expired in the first half Titans kicker Tanner Martin made a 30 yard field goal to give them a 30-7 halftime lead.
The second half was much of the same, all Titans. Ryan Williams scored again in the 3rd quarter this time from 17 yards away. Andrew Palmer scored the final Titans touchdown this coming on a six yard run. In between those two touchdowns Titans Cornerback Logan Cheadle returned an interception 38 yards for a score.
Cheadle had three interceptions on the day and were the only three turnovers in the game. Parkway Central tacked on a rushing touchdown with 2:40 left in the game making the final score 51-14. The win gives Leeís Summit West their first state title since 2010 and their third in School history.
The Titans finish with a mark of 13-1 with their lone blemish a road game at Blue Springs who ended up winning the Class 6 State title.
Ryan Williams came up big for Leeís Summit West with 122 rushing yards on just 11 carries. Jack Richards led the Titans with 9 total tackles, 8 of them unassisted, 2 of them for a loss.
Senior Corner Back Logan Cheadleís play stood out to everyone attending the championship game. After the game Cheadle told Leeís Summit Tribune sports that he was proud of these guys on the 2013 team. A plus for them was the entire defensive backfield has been playing together since 7th or 8th grade. Cheadle admitted that his play was helped by him coming to the state title game back in 2010 and his then freshman teammates wanted to do it again as seniors.
Cheadle gives a lot of credit to the summer workouts the team endured for their 2013 season success. Cheadle states "It was the hardest summer he has been a part of while at LS West".
This season Cheadle and his teammates took it game by game with the idea the ultimate goal was getting to the Dome on November 30. Regarding his three interception day in St. Louis Cheadle credits the Titans coaching staff. "Coaches put me in position to make plays". We knew what was going to happen before it happened thanks to the scouting report.
Cheadle really enjoyed playing at the Dome which normally serves as the home of the NFLís St. Louis Rams. Earlier in the week the Titans worked out at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Cheadle states "the experience of being at both places was awesome, doesnít get much better than that."
While Logan Cheadle and his teammates were impressive on the field there was an impressive amount of fans, alumni and Leeís Summit residents in the stands.
One Leeís Summit resident, Kirk Beard, took his entire family to St. Louis to see the Titans championship game. He and his wife Carrie are Titan Band Parents and wanted to see their son Jonah play at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Beard family has been LS West football fans since the school opened. They missed seeing in person the 2007 and 2010 championship games but watched them on TV. Being able to watch this one live was a great experience.
During the 2013 season the Beard family made it to all four playoff games after attending 3 regular season home games. Catching the Titans in action is a part of their Leeís Summit experience. They find going to Titans games to be great entertainment and part of what makes Leeís Summit an awesome community.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/LSTribune for Tribune photographer, Ron Wight, album. Live updates from Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, was sponsored by Lee's Summit Physicians Group and Raintree Pediatrics.