Quick end for Broncos

Special to the JournalOctober 15, 2013 

Lee’s Summit scored on one of its first three possessions Oct. 11. For most football teams, that’s not a bad ratio.

For the undefeated, high-scoring Tigers, though, managing only one touchdown after one quarter against Lee’s Summit North was nothing short of a bummer.

“It was a letdown to us on the first two drives only scoring once,” Tigers quarterback Drew Lock said. “That’s not the way we wanted to start the first quarter. And we showed what we wanted to do the rest of the game.”

Did they ever. Lee’s Summit responded to its sluggish first quarter with a 28-point second quarter and rolled over its crosstown rival 49-9 on the Tigers’ home field.

Lock threw three of his five touchdown passes in the second quarter, and even ran in a 13-yard score to boot. By the time the onslaught was over, the Tigers turned a 7-3 contest into a 35-3 laugher by halftime.

“We definitely came alive in the second quarter,” Lock said. “Personally, we thought we’d do that the whole game.”

It’s not that Lee’s Summit needed a lot of time to start putting points on the board. Lock hooked up with DelShon Spratt for his first touchdown pass, a 67-yarder only four minutes into the game on the Tigers’ third play from scrimmage. But the Tigers’ second possession would end with a fumble and the next one with a punt.

Lee’s Summit North, meanwhile, got a 22-yard field goal from James Harris after the Tiger turnover that pulled the Broncos within four points going into the second quarter.

“We came out knowing we were going to dominate, but we didn’t dominate the first half like we should have,” said Spratt, who made four catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns. “We tried to fix a couple of things and then do what we do.”

For Lee’s Summit, that means going to the passing game. Lock tossed a 23-yard TD pass to Hunter Allee, and then found Spratt again for an 8-yard scoring strike on the Tigers’ next possession.

Lock then tossed a 15-yarder to Caymen Metcalf, who made a leaping catch in the back of the end zone, and tacked on Lock’s 13-yard TD run in the final seconds of the quarter.

And just like that, the route was on.

“It was just nice to see us execute our offense,” Lee’s Summit coach Eric Thomas said. “We’ve made a lot of big plays as the year’s gone on, but we’ve got to get to the point where we can execute consistently and rely on making big plays.”

Lock, who also threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Levi Fountain in the fourth quarter, finished with 245 yards on 14-for-23 passing. Most of that yardage came in the first half because with the big lead, Lee’s Summit decided to turn to its ground game. That helped running back Casey Slaughter gain 108 yards on 12 carries, one of them a 50-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

“Casey is a load,” Lock said. “If teams want to play the pass, then Casey will come pounding up the middle and score a touchdown like he did in the third quarter.”

It all added up to another long Friday night for Lee’s Summit North, which dropped to 2-5 with its fifth straight loss. The Broncos managed only 199 yards of total offense, 83 of them from running back Josh Caldwell, who found very little room to run most of the night. Turnovers, including a fumble and an interception in the first half, didn’t help matters either.

“We turned it over early, we lost our composure as a team and we completely fell apart when things got tough,” North coach Ty Kohl said. “We’re going to have to regroup and get things together here because our season is not lost.”

Lee’s Summit, meanwhile, is cruising along at 7-0. Right where the Tigers expected to be.

“Everyone says their goal is to be undefeated during the year,” Lock said. “We took that as one of our important goals in the way that we worked in the offseason. We knew we could make plays during the stretch at the end of games and we knew if we were close at the end of a game we could go down the field and score.”

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