RALEIGH — The events of Fridays 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 Roads Braxton Berrios put on a show, scoring all of the Prides 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 Id like to say its 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 Roads three possessions before lightning halted the game for more than an hour.
But the delay didnt 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 DeRahjai Robinson to put the Pride in the red zone.
Wakefields 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 Wakefields 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 couldnt 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 states top teams ended in a lopsided finish.
Leading up to the game, both teams recounted last years 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 Ive ever seen. (Wakefield is) an outstanding program. Theyre down right now, but next week theyll be bouncing back.
Wakefield doesnt get a break, facing the leagues other undefeated team in No. 4 Wake Forest-Rolesville next week. Leesville goes on to play Sanderson.