Leesville Road, Berrios crush Durham Jordan

correspondentAugust 23, 2013 

— Durham Jordan struck first, but then it was all Leesville Road Friday night as the Pride rolled to a 62-21 win.

Leesville senior star Braxton Berrios did not play in the second half. But he did plenty of damage in the first 24 minutes. Starting at quarterback, he carried the ball nine times for 206 yards and had touchdown runs of 52, 30, 60, and 28 yards, giving his team to a 42-7 lead at halftime.

“Two hundred and six, really? A little more than I expected, but good, cool,” Berrios said. “It was a good way to start the season, after what, the first five minutes. They jumped out on us, we weren’t ready. We weren’t awake and got down 7-0. We responded great, a great team effort. We woke up and started playing.”

Leesville teammate Malcolm Hitchcock also sparkled in the first half with a 39-yard touchdown run and a 55-yard punt return for another score.

“We came out, played well, did a lot of good things, but we’ve got to keep pressing forward and getting better every week,” Leesville coach Chad Smothers said. “We need to clean up our mistakes and find some depth. Braxton did a super job; he played very well. Malcolm Hitchcock, on that punt return, he broke a lot of tackles. We had some big plays.”

Smothers also pointed to the play of tackle Bryan Henriques and guard Chris Pendergraft.

“The offensive line, after the first series kind of figured out where they needed to be and did a good job,” Smothers said. “Defensively, linebackers Spencer Eason-Riddle and Max Reconnu, started getting better and we started tackling better as a group.”

Mike Dehaney broke loose for a 57-yard touchdown run in the second half and Mason Pyper and Marcel Hawkins both scored on 6-yard runs for the Pride.

Rahim Winston scored on a 39-yard run for the Falcons early and ended with 76 yards.

“Leesville is a tough team,” Jordan coach LaDwaun Harrison said. “We want to build our program up to their status so you’ve got to be able to play with those guys. Unfortunately, tonight we weren’t there.”

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