RALEIGH — After Thursday night 49-0 conquest of Durham Jordan, Leesville Road coach Chad Smothers talked to his team about becoming a better team every day at practice.
The Pride might get better as a team, but the 3-0 squad will have a tough time playing better than it did during the first half against the Falcons.
Not only was the execution near perfection, but the effort was nonstop.
We came out, challenged them and played really hard, Smothers said. It was a short week, but we practiced hard and we came out clicking.
Leesville Road had four possessions during the first half and scored on all four, even though the final possession came in the final minute of the half.
In the first half, alone, the Pride rolled up 192 yards rushing on 33 carries and was a perfect 4-for-4 throwing the ball for another 76 yards.
We came out on the first drive, it was a 9-minute, 95-yard drive, Smothers said. I think we converted two fourth downs and just kept the ball. The offensive line (tackles Selo Kuvuna and Chris Pendergraft, guards Zarek Stafford and Drake Edwards, center Alex Butler) blocked really well and the backs ran hard. We kept plowing, plowing and plowing and that starts to send a message that were going to be physical.
Quarterback Evan Parker got the first scored on a 9-yard run, followed by a 5-yard run by Braxton Berrios. Running back Maurice Lauchner, who rushed for 151 yards, then added a 10-yard touchdown run. DeRahjai Robinson got the final score on a 33-yard pass from Parker.
The Pride defense, meanwhile, was equally dominating.
Jordan, which played without injured quarterback Matthew Gampe, generated just 7 yards of offense during the first half and could not pick up a first down in five possessions against a Pride front of linemen Kuvuna, Jawaun Johnson, Darrius Darden and Michael Williams and linebackers Brock Pyper, Tucker Bell and Conner Eller.
We were swarming, the kids played aggressive, by far our best of the three games. Tonight we did get better, Smothers said. Its still was too early to think about anything other than getting better at every opportunity.
Leesville Road ran 27 plays during the second half, all rushes for another 183 yards. Berrios scored from the 1 and added a spectacular 43-yard, weaving touchdown run, and Khareem Dilahunt came in to notch a 24-yarder.