Not wanting to give himself any credit, Leesville Road quarterback Vincent Amendola shrugged and attributed his impressive performance on Friday to a good job blocking by his offensive line and his wide receivers getting open.
Even if that was the case, someone still had to make the throws and Amendola did just that. Looking comfortable in the pocket for much of the night, the sophomore completed 15 of 18 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns as Leesville Road cruised to a 56-24 win over Enloe.
Outside of a pick-six he threw in the first quarter – his only real blemish – Amendola was able to consistently find open targets as he led the Pride to their first home win since Aug. 19.
“Playoff-wise, this is really going to help us with trying to get in,” Amendola said. “I think it really boosted our confidence.”
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Ready from the get-go, Leesville Road (4-4, 2-2 Cap-8 4A) opened up the game with an 80-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard touchdown catch by running back Cole Coleman, who finished with three total touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing).
That was just the beginning of what was an impressive first half for Leesville Road, which scored on seven of its eight possessions before halftime as Enloe (2-6, 0-4) struggled to contain the Pride’s pass-happy offense.
“We played well. We hit some big plays and forced some turnovers, which we hadn’t been getting lately,” Leesville Road coach Brad Wilson said. “I thought it was an overall good team win,”
When Enloe defensive back Marcus Harris picked off Amendola and went 65 yards for a touchdown to cut his team’s deficit to a seven points, it looked like the Eagles could potentially make a game of it. But Amendola was unphased and threw a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Matt Hamilton just a few minutes later to get Leesville Road back on track.
THREE TO KNOW
Vincent Amendola, Leesville Road: Even though he sat out the second half due to the Pride’s 39-point halftime lead, Amendola still finished with an impressive stat line.
“He threw the ball well,” Wilson said with a smile on his face.
Cole Coleman, Leesville Road: In order to be a running back in Wilson’s offense, you need to be able to catch the ball well and that’s exactly what Coleman did against Enloe. The junior was a safety valve for Amendola and no play better illustrated that than Coleman’s 16-yard touchdown reception out of the backfield in the second quarter.
Larry Parker, Enloe: The Eagles’ go-to guy in the passing game, Parker hauled in a 55-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and finished with 128 receiving yards on four receptions.
“Larry’s a guy that really works hard, really wants to get better and he’s turning into a really really good receiver,” Enloe coach David Green said.
BY THE NUMBERS
2: Turnovers forced by the Pride.
28: Second quarter points for Leesville Road.
83.3%: Completion percentage for Amendola.
118: Receiving yards for Leesville Road wide receiver Landon Choboy, who also led his team with five receptions.
191: Passing yards for Enloe quarterback Carleon Merritt.
THEY SAID IT
“When you get down like that it’s a lot easier to roll over and quit. These kids didn’t do that. They played hard and that says a lot about them.” – Enloe coach David Green.