COLUMBIA — Lee's Summit quarterback Drew Lock found out the importance of being in a rhythm Friday night.
The key to that rhythm in Friday's game was keeping it. What Lock did in his four touchdown performance, Hickman High School could not.
"We had a great rhythm that first half but we just couldn't find it that second half," Hickman High School head coach Arnel Monroe said after Hickman's 41-17 loss to Lee's Summit High School.
The Kewpies wasted no time finding their rhythm, scoring 17 unanswered points against the Tigers to start the game.
But it was short lived.
Lee's Summit blitzed the Kewpies and applied constant pressure to their offensive line, keeping Hickman from scoring after its first drive in the second quarter.
"They did a great job of taking the run away and making us pass," Monroe said. "But we didn't protect well, and when we did protect well, we dropped passes."
Lee's Summit quarterback Lock, a Missouri football commit, needed almost the whole first half to find his rhythm. But when he found it, Hickman couldn't stop him.
Lock fought through receivers dropping passes, along with overthrowing his own open receivers in the first half, to lead the team in scoring 41 unanswered points.
"We didn't use our eyes to cover the receivers the way we were supposed to," Monroe said, referring to Lock throwing four touchdown passes.
Hickman junior quarterback Carter Nicoli said the players started thinking they were in control and had the game won, causing them to let up and let the game, and their rhythm, slip away.
Lock managed to find his rhythm Friday night, something Hickman, now 0-2, will look to do heading into next week's game against Jefferson City.
Supervising editor is Raymond Howze.