Slow burn

syeagle@lsjournal.comNovember 12, 2013 

With only a spark of a 3-0 lead at halftime, Lee’s Summit caught fire to a 24-0 victory over Liberty in the Nov. 8 district semifinal game at Lee’s Summit.

“We played awesome,” Lee’s Summit senior Talvin Smith said. “We executed really well. We did all of our assignments the right way. It was a hard game to play.”

The two teams, both in the Suburban Big Six Conference, had faced off before earlier in the season, with the Tigers slipping past Liberty by a field goal 31-28.

But this game was a different story, and also a first for the Tigers, as it was Lee’s Summit’s only shut out of the season.

“We have never had a skunk before, a goose egg,” Smith said. “So we are happy about that.”

Both teams scored a touchdown in the first quarter that was called back due to penalty. But the Tigers did score on that same drive with a 43-yard field goal by senior kicker Travis Simonin.

In the third quarter, Lee’s Summit got into the end zone on a 5-yard pass from junior quarterback Drew Lock to senior Caymen Metcalf to put Lee’s Summit ahead 10-0.

The Tigers scored again in the fourth quarter on a 9-yard interception run by senior Talvin Smith to lead 17-0.

“It was like heaven on earth,” Smith said. “You can’t get any better than that.”

Lee’s Summit’s final touchdown came a few minutes later on a 10-yard run by senior Casey Slaughter.

Lock completed 14 of 23 passes for 93 yards. Metcalf caught seven passes for 43 yards and Zach Mitchell caught five passes for 18 yards.

Slaughter had 24 carries for 124 yards and Metcalf had three carries for 21 yards.

Eddie Morse had 14 total tackles, one for loss and one sack. Austin Pace had 13 tackles and Delshon Pratt had four tackles.

Now Lee’s Summit, 10-1, has to travel to Blue Springs at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 to face the undefeated Wildcats. Blue Springs is responsible for the Tigers’ lone loss, a 49-7 smash Oct. 25.

“(We are going to) study, practice, eat, sleep, do everything right,” Smith said. “Just like this week.”

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