Titanium effort

Special to the JournalDecember 4, 2013 

A look at the sidelines of the two teams competing for the MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl Class 5 championship at the Edwards Jones Dome Nov. 30 was a sight in itself.

On one side was Parkway Central, which had just over 30 players dressed for the game. On the other sideline, Lee’s Summit West dressed over 130 players, meaning that several players had the same number.

It was No. 28 on the Titan side who had the game of his life in the biggest game of his high school career.

Logan Cheadle intercepted three Zackery Lazenby passes (Lazenby had thrown only four picks in his previous 13 games) with one of them going for a touchdown in a convincing 51-14 Titan victory. It was the third state championship for the Titans, their second in Class 5.

Lee’s Summit West won its first title in 2007 as it again defeated Parkway Central 35-0 in Class 4. The other Titan championship came in Class 5 in 2010 as the Titans defeated Webster Groves 44-21.

Titan coach Royce Boehm likes to dress freshmen, thus the large number of players dressed Saturday night.

“I just like to give them the experience of being dressed for a state championship and it also gives them five more weeks of practice,” Boehm said.

Cheadle was one of the freshmen dressed for the win over the Statesmen and he said that he did, indeed, make it to the field during that championship.

“I went out once to pick up the (kicking) tee,” he said.

Cheadle was much more involved in the state title game as he tied a state record with his three interceptions. The record is shared by four other players.

That made up for the regular season when Cheadle was blanked in the interception statistic.

“The quarterbacks in Kansas City showed me respect and didn’t throw the ball my way very often,” Cheadle said. “I thought that might be different with a St. Louis team. I have been waiting all year for a game like this. My coaches put me in positions to make plays and I was able to make them.”

Two of the interceptions came in the second quarter. Both were converted into Lee’s Summit West touchdowns as the Titans had a comfortable 30-7 halftime advantange.

“They covered extremely well,” Lazenby said. “Their secondary was outstanding.”

Cheadle capped off his memorable game with not only the record-tying third pick, but this one resulted in a touchdown as he picked off Lazenby and took it to the house from 38 yards out in the third quarter. That gave Lee’s Summit West a very comfortable 44-7 lead.

Cheadle had his hands on what could have been pick number four which would have put him in the record book by himself. He was not able to haul that one in but was all smiles as he celebrated with his other 130-plus teammates.

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