Lee’s Summit would have had a hard time beating Joplin in the district game Nov. 1 without the moves of senior running back Caymen Metcalf.
But Metcalf views his five touchdown for over 300 yards in the air and on the ground performance as a team effort in the 56-24 victory.
“It’s always a team effort,” Metcalf said. “I wasn’t like this a couple of years ago and my team built me up. I thank the team for helping me. It was plays made by my team, all the great blocking. I can’t take all the credit.”
In front of a raucous home crowd, the Tigers had just a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, on a 24-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Drew Lock to senior Cameron Willis.
In the second quarter, Lee’s Summit scored again, on a 34-yard pass from Lock to Willis to lead 14-0. But Joplin responded with a 12-yard run by senior quarterback Tristan Ash to close the gap to 14-7.
The Tigers came back less than a minute later. After a touch back on the kickoff, Lock connected with junior Hunter Allee for a 71-yard pass. Metcalf caught the touchdown pass on the next play to put Lee’s Summit ahead 21-7.
The Eagles retaliated with a 24-yard field goal, but the Tigers came back with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Allee, giving Lee’s Summit a 28-10 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Metcalf scored again, this time on a 60-yard carry. In the fourth quarter, Metcalf had three touchdowns, on a 33-yard pass from Lock, a 61-yard pass and a 44-yard carry.
“I feel good about myself,” Metcalf said. “But what coach teaches us is it’s not about us. I’m just ready to come back and practice so we can move on to another ‘W’ next week and move on in the playoffs.”
Joplin scored twice more in the fourth quarter on a 80-yard touchdown pass from Ash to sophomore running back Antwon Hines and on a 6-yard run by Ash.
Lock completed 22 of 26 passes for 562 yards with one interception and seven touchdowns. Metcalf caught 11 passes for 306 yards. Tanner Allin had four catches for 98 yards, Allee had three receptions for 89 yards and Willis had four catches for 69 yards.
Allin also had 12 total tackles and Delshon Spratt had nine tackles. Ashton Rohrich and Jonathan Gilkey had six tackles each.
The Tigers, 9-1, host Liberty at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the district semifinals. Lee’s Summit defeated Liberty 31-28 earlier in the season.
“We watch a lot of film, but really it’s a mental preparation,” Metcalf said. “I think if we prepare mentally we can get a ‘W.’ We beat them last time on a field goal so it’s going to be a crunch time game. That’s what we play for. So it should be a good game.”