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Loaded Lee's Summit North Broncos aiming for program's first state championship

Coach Jamar Mozee's squad is coming off its best season in school history.

By Cody Thorn | Photo courtesy Missouri Helmet Project

Over the next few weeks, SBLive Missouri will break down various high school football teams in the state in anticipation of the upcoming 2022 season. Here’s our look at the Lee's Summit North Broncos.

HEAD COACH

Jamar Mozee, 8th year (42-31), 16th overall

RETURNING STARTERS

7 on offense, 3 on defense

2021 AT A GLANCE

Overall record: 11-2

League record: 6-1, 2nd in Suburban Conference Gold Division

Playoffs: Beat Ozark, 56-14; Beat Ray-Pec, 21-14; Beat Joplin, 21-0 in district championship game; Lost to CBC 28-21 in Class 6 semifinal

PLAYERS TO WATCH

OL Cayden Green, 6-5, 315, Jr.

Has been one of the top offensive linemen in the country, the four-star recruit had 32 Division I offers. He made his announcement to play for Oklahoma on CBS Sports Network and his final four also included Nebraska, LSU and Missouri. Earned Under Armour All-American honors last year. “Cayden is a very physical player and he loves to play the position,” Mozee said. “He is dominant in the run game and the pass game.”

WR Isaiah Mozee, 6-1, 182, So.

Mozee grew 2 ½ inches and added 20 pounds of muscle since last season and he was already a force with his speed. He had 25 catches for 398 yards and five touchdowns last year. Has 22 offers heading into his second year of high school that includes SEC schools Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, and Texas A&M; Big 12 schools Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma — where his dad played — and Iowa State; Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa from the Big Ten; Oregon from the Pac 12 and independent Notre Dame.

DE/LB Randall Ward, 6-2, 225, Sr.

A first-team all-conference and all-district pick, Ward committed to Western Illinois on July 27. He had four other others at the time he picked the Leathernecks. “He can really rush the passer and is sometimes impossible to block one-on-one,” Coach Mozee said. “He is really disruptive and should make a run at breaking the school sack record this year.”

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DL Williams Nwaneri, 6-6, 255, Jr.

Another much-coveted recruit at LSN. Nwaneri has 22 offers to choose from heading into his third season of high school football. Already a four-star recruit on numerous recruiting websites, Nwaneri was first offered by Iowa last October and they have rolled in since then. His list looks a lot like teammate Isaiah Mozee, but with Vanderbilt, USC, Alabama and Michigan State offers as well. “Williams should be dominant in every facet of the game this season,” Coach Mozee said. “There isn’t anything Williams can’t do.”

DB Jamir Conn, 5-11, 170, Sr.

Didn’t give up a touchdown last year, while breaking up 11 passes and making 49 tackles for the Broncos. He’s another highly recruited player heading into the season. North Dakota, Army, South Dakota, Southeast Missouri State, Arkansas State, Pittsburg State, Southern Illinois, Benedictine, Northern Iowa and Peru State all have offered him. “I believe we can win it all,” Conn said. “We have all the pieces to be great. Everyone has worked hard at practice and on their own to better themselves and their skills.”

OTHER RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERMEN

RB Quincey Baker, 5-9, 180, Sr.; RB Tanner Howes, 5-8, 17, Jr.; OL Ashton Baker, 6-0, 285, Jr.; WR Yasir Winston, 6-0, 180, Sr.; TE Zackary Coetzee, 6-0, 200, Sr.; DL Ka’Mori Moore, 6-0, 310, So.; LB Chase Pearsall, 6-1, 210, So.; LB Kade Williams, 6-0, 205, Sr.; LB Morgan Simmons, 6-0, 2225, Sr.; LB Sam Wells, 6-0, 200, Sr.

KEY NEWCOMERS

QB Elijah Leonard, 6-3, 215, Jr.. — Transferred from Liberty North and will compete for the starting quarterback job. Shared quarterback duties early last season, throwing for 211 yards and one touchdown, but made his mark on running the ball. He finished with five touchdowns on 29 carries and 137 yards.

QB Maxxwell Ford, 6-3, 215, Sr. — Another transfer into the program, comes from St. Thomas Aquinas across the state line in Kansas. Was an all-state option quarterback. Has taken multiple visits to Division I schools: Kansas, Kansas State, North Dakota State and South Dakota.

LB Sa’o Siavii, 6-0, 240, Sr. — A second transfer from St. Thomas Aquinas, he has offers from Central Oklahoma, McKendree, Benedictine and has visited Kansas and South Dakota State. Was a first-team all-conference pick at defensive line for the Saints.

DB Tamarian Cashier, 5-11, 180, Sr. — A cover corner who can tackle well joins the program after playing for Raytown. He’s also a talented baseball player.

DL Kameron Durden, 6-0, 280, Jr. — Expected to be a force in the middle of the defensive line. Defensive tackle joins the Broncos after playing for Bishop Miege (Kansas).

LB Alex Block, 6-0, 190, Jr. — A high-motor linebacker who will make plays.

OUTLOOK

Last year was the best season the Broncos have had in the program’s history and reached the Class 6 semifinals before falling to eventual champion CBC in that round.
The team went 6-1 in league play and the only loss came to Liberty North, the other Class 6 finalist, in a slugfest.
“We lived up to my expectations, we were very close to obtaining our ultimate goal and that is to win a state championship,” said Mozee, who won a national championship at Oklahoma in 2000.
This year the two teams will play the first game of the season to set the tone for who may be the top team in the Kansas City area this fall. 

The Broncos lost 12 starters and 35 lettermen last year but will return a total of 10 starters and 30 lettermen on a deep roster. Seven payers from last year’s team are playing in college – four of those earned postseason honors. Offensive tackle Armand Membou, an all-stater, landed at Missouri. Quarterback Tre Baker signed with Southern Illinois, while defensive back Dewaun Mack Jr. signed with Northern Iowa.
Offensive coordinator Jason Jones oversees a unit that last year piled up 400 yards per game and scored 31 points per game – the highest average in 11 years.
The offense returns offensive tackle Cayden Green, one of the most coveted recruits in the country that is headed to Oklahoma. They return two running backs and a future Division I wide receiver but will have a new quarterback.
Mark Simcox, the defensive coordinator, saw the defense allow only 12.2 points per game, the lowest mark in the same 11-year span. The year prior, the Broncos gave up 25.1 points per game.
The defense will have a strong front line and will have speed on all levels. Five of the 11 starters currently hold at least three Division I offers.
“We have a crazy talented group,” Ward said “We are going to have a lot of new really talented faces in the group. We are really fast and really physical all around. This is the most talented group we’ve ever had. We have everything we need to win it all.”

COACH SAID

“We will have several strengths offensively this season. The first one will be our size up front on the offensive line. We will be young, but we will have the ability to move people off the ball in the run game. We also have two really good quarterbacks who can throw and run with the ball. We have great speed on offense and really good skill players. We can really run on defense. I think our defense will be very physical, and we will have the ability to wear teams down in four quarters.” - Coach Jamar Mozee