Leesville Road played its best football down the stretch of the regular season. Friday night the Pride did the same thing in its 34-17 Cap-8 win at Wakefield.
Coach Brad Wilson’s Leesville squad trailed 17-7 in the second quarter, but went on to score 27 unanswered points to pull away for the win in a game that will help determine the seedings for the playoffs that start in two weeks.
Entering Friday’s game, two teams were tied for second at 4-2 in the conference and Leesville, Wakefield and Sanderson were all a game back at 3-3. Leesville ends the regular season at 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the conference and Wakefield is 6-5 and 3-4.
The win did not come easy though, as Wakefield, behind N.C. State recruit Matt McKay, looked like its offense was ready for the showdown.
On the opening drive, McKay scrambled and completed a 52-yard pass to Mason Cutchin and then scrambled again before completing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Najeem Wilson. McKay also threw a 78-yard scoring pass to Kobe Barnes in the second quarter.
“Our defense shut them out in the second half and that’s tough to do,” Wilson said. “Their quarterback showed in the first half why he is a special player.”
Leesville’s sophomore quarterback Vince Amendola continued his steady play, throwing for 264 yards with touchdown passes to Matt Hamilton, Landon Choboy and Bobby Haggerty.
Two weeks ago, Leesville led undefeated Wake Forest 10-3 at halftime and had a chance to win before falling 24-17. Last week the Pride beat a good Millbrook team.
THEY SAID IT
“In the last three weeks, this team has played its best football,” said Wilson, who has been told several times he resembles Chicago Cubs manager Joe Madden. “It’s a credit to the kids. They found themselves before the Wake Forest game. Their concentration in practice has been tremendous.”
THREE TO KNOW
Danny Blakeman, Leesville: The senior linebacker is a leader on the Pride defense. He also had a 16-yard touchdown run. “Linebackers are only as good as the defensive line and we have a good one in Matthew Melvin, Jack Gunner, Kaden Vanhoosier, and Brandon Govan. We can’t make plays without them.”
Vince Amendola, Leesville: The quarterback completed 20 of 31 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns.
Bobby Haggerty, Leesville: Blocked a punt and made an outstanding catch with a defender on him for a 63-yard touchdown to put his team ahead, 28-17.
BY THE NUMBERS:
238: Yards passing by Wakefield quarterback Matt McKay. He threw for 212 in the first half.
68: Yards Leesville surrendered in the second half after giving up 290 in the first half.