Trouncing the Panthers

Special to the JournalOctober 15, 2013 

Lees Summit West moved the ball fairly easily Oct. 11 while Raymore-Peculiar struggled in the Titans’ 49-13 home win to give Royce Boehm his 100th win as head coach.

“It’s hard to believe,” Boehm said of his milestone win, “especially against a very tough Ray-Pec team, very talented Ray-Pec team.”

The ground game accounted for 341 of the Titans’ 442 yards on offense, and six of the seven scores. Spreading the ball around, four Titans scored touchdowns with Monte Harrison leading the way with three.

While the Titans never punted, the Panthers failed to get a first down on four drives and earned only 230 yards on offense.

“We played a really physical team that’s got some team speed and they’re very talented,” Panther head coach Tom Kruse said.

“I don’t think it was their scheme as much as it was they just out-physicaled us and out-quicked us to the football,” he said. “That, I think, is just from a talent standpoint. I think they out-handled us at several spots.”

Ray-Pec’s longest drive started from its own 35-yard line and Isaiah Truss ran all but two of those yards on five touches for a touchdown to pull the Panthers within 21-7 with 10:21 left in the second quarter. Truss finished the game with 103 yards on 22 carries.

But the Titans didn’t flinch.

Harrison scored the first two touchdowns, both runs from inside the 4 in the wildcat. Ryan Williams put the Titans up 21-0 with an 8-yard run of his own. Brenner Clemons gave LSW a 28-7 lead with a dash from the 8 at the 8:21 mark in the second.

“Very proud of (the offense),” said Boehm. “We’ve got so many new things in our system right now that our kids are buying into, and we are so deep right now with the talent that we have that we’re able to put (out) all different kinds packages. The big package that nobody got to see tonight was the package with Monte in the backfield. So as long as we don’t show that one yet, then we’re good.”

Andrew Zimmer made it 35-7 with a 1-yard run.

Just before halftime, Reed Davis connected with Jason Wilson for a 10-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 35-13, but the extra point got blocked at the line of scrimmage.

Unable to create any momentum, the Panthers went three-and-out on their first drive of the third quarter, and gave up a touchdown pass from Thomas Ganaden to Harrison.

Ganaden went eight-for-12 for 101 yards. Williams added a second touchdown with 9:09 left in the fourth to close the scoring.

“The main thing is we were out-matched,” Kruse said, “and we weren’t able to stick our foot in the ground and say, ‘Enough is enough.’ That all falls on me and I’ve got to get them more prepared and we’ve got to get ready to go next week.”

It could have been worse for the Panthers, but the Titans turned the ball over three times, all inside the Panthers’ 20-yard line.

Ray-Pec, dropping to 3-4, will host Blue Springs, and LSW (6-1) will host Ruskin at 7p.m. Friday.

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