Rodney Rowe made a triumphant return to action for Clayton with 129 yards and two touchdowns in his first game this season as Clayton rallied to defeat Knightdale 32-28. Rowe broke his collarbone on Aug. 11.
Blake Joyner also scored twice for Clayton, once on a 27-yard pass from Eric Hoy and once on a 5-yard run with 5:48 left that proved to be the clincher.
Hoy finished with 185 yards, including 126 passing yards on 9 for 14.
Four players scored rushing touchdowns for the Knights, one in each quarter. Joshua Schenck was Knightdale’s rushing leader with 57 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
The Pirates (4-2) dominated from the first quarter on, holding a 20-0 lead after the first seven minutes.
Cole Sakowski threw two touchdown passes and Howard Watson ran for another pair of scores.
The Pride’s Clay Vick threw for 187 yards and Mike Dehaney ran for 136.
Dehaney scored on a 4-yard run with 5:43 left in the third quarter, giving Leesville its first lead of the game. That was followed by a 13-yard scoring run by Mason Pyper in the fourth.
A Broughton (1-5, 0-2) trick play on the ensuing drive would cut their deficit to one possession. With the offense on the Leesville 21-yard line, Owen Wilkinson completed a 9-yard pass to Dominic Ford at the 11-yard line. With two defenders on him, Ford lateraled the ball to Stephen McGowan who ran it in to make it a 3-point deficit.
The Pride went back to the deep ball, as Vick hooked up with Richardson again, this time for 64 yards down the right sideline, with eight minutes left.