Leesville Road 52, Wakefield 24

Berrios' 5 TDs carry Leesville Road over Wakefield, 52-24

Do-it-all junior took Leesville to 21-0 lead before lightning delay

cgrant@newsobserver.comSeptember 29, 2012 

— The events of Friday’s game between Leesville Road and Wakefield played out much differently than the teams’ meeting a year before, but the result was the same. Leesville came out on top again, winning 52-24 and handing Wakefield its first loss of the season.

Leesville Road’s Braxton Berrios put on a show, scoring all of the Pride’s five touchdowns in the first half to put Leesville up 35-9 at the break. Berrios racked up 166 yards on 10 carries in the first half. He finished with 204.

“Braxton does some things on the field I’d like to say it’s coaching, but he has got some God-given talent,” said Leesville coach Chad Smothers.

Berrios carried the undefeated Pride to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, rushing for three scores on Leesville Road’s three possessions before lightning halted the game for more than an hour.

But the delay didn’t slow Berrios, who broke free for a 65-yard score halfway through the second quarter. The do-it-all junior then fought his way into the end zone for another from 13 yards out after completing a 39-yard pass to De’Rahjai Robinson to put the Pride in the red zone.

Wakefield’s offense was handcuffed in the quarter. The Wolverines came into the contest riding a three-game streak of topping 50 points, but Leesville had allowed just 13.4 points a game.

The Pride forced a three-and-out on Wakefield’s opening drive, and the Wolverines’ ensuing kick flew out of bounds at the 15, giving Leesville Road great field position for Berrios to carry in his first score of the game. Wakefield fumbled on its second possession.

The Wolverines scored in the second quarter when Mitch found Justin Fielleteau on a 17-yard touchdown pass, and a botched Leesville snap gave Wakefield a safety.

Wakefield (6-1) played a tighter game in the second half, but its defense couldn’t stop the Pride.

Connor Mitch threw two second-half touchdowns, another to Fielleteau and 47-yard pass to Chris Ballen.

Leesville (6-0) matched Wakefield with Kamir Bowen running in a score and Evan Parker carried in one of his own from 44 yards out.

The anticipated matchup between two of the state’s top teams ended in a lopsided finish.

Leading up to the game, both teams recounted last year’s meeting, a high-scoring thriller that ended with Leesville Road walking away with a 68-57 win.

Both coaches knew the game would be a challenge, and Leesville Road stepped up to the plate.

“This was a big win for us,” Smothers said. “Our kids came out and executed a game plan about as well as I’ve ever seen. (Wakefield is) an outstanding program. They’re down right now, but next week they’ll be bouncing back.”

Wakefield doesn’t get a break, facing the league’s other undefeated team in No. 4 Wake Forest-Rolesville next week. Leesville goes on to play Sanderson.

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