September 17, 2022
By Fred Liggett
The Missouri Tigers and Kansas State Wildcats have met many times on the football field since the first time they met back in October of 1909. On Saturday, Sept. 10 the two teams met again with the Wildcats defeating the Tigers 40-12 at home in Manhattan, KS.
There was a lot of area interest in this game due to the fact K-State and Mizzou have not played since the 2011 season when MU left the Big 12 Conference for the SEC. For many in Lee’s Summit there was increased interest due to the number of players who used to play within the Lee’s Summit school district that play for each team.
For Kansas State two starters hail from Lee’s Summit, DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah and Phillip Brooks. Anudike, a former Lee’s Summit Tiger, pressured Mizzou quarterbacks throughout the game and was named Big 12 Conference Pre-season Player of the Year. Brooks, from Lee’s Summit West, gave his team momentum thanks to a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown.
The Lee’s Summit North Broncos were represented on the Mizzou sideline by WR Logan Muckey and OL Armand Membou. Also on the Mizzou roster from Lee’s Summit are former Tigers QB Tommy Lock and TE Max Whisner.
LS North head football coach Jamar Mozee says he is “Proud” of his former players. Mozee adds, “Makes me proud” to see the success the former Broncos are having at the next level. Mozee and the players “talk often either by text or phone calls.” Muckey, a freshman wide receiver, visited in person as he attended the Broncos home opener against Park Hill South on Friday, Sept. 2.
With only Brooks being a senior, one can expect more players from the Lee’s Summit area the next time these two teams meet. Next season the same two teams will play again this time at Mizzou in Columbia, MO. The success of former Lee’s Summit area players will only increase future interest in these two longtime rivals when they meet on the football field.