In a contest that started out slow, Garner and Leesville Road went down to the wire. In the end, the Pride got back in the win column with a 26-24 victory.
With the win Leesville improves to 4-1 overall, while the Trojans drop to 2-3. Garner got on the board first, picking up an easy two points on a safety when a snap sailed over the punters head in the first quarter. The score would stay at 2-0 the remainder of the opening quarter.
The Pride would score 15 straight in the second quarter to take control of the game. Leesville quarterback Vinny Amendola hit wide receiver Noah Burnette for a 14-yard touchdown, giving the home team a 7-2 lead on the opening drive of the second quarter.
Amendola would call his own number for the next score, going 40-yards up the middle for the touchdown. B.J. Adamchik connected with Burnette for the two-point conversion, putting the Pride ahead 15-2.
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Garner was able to punch one in before the half, when Nolan Mclean connected with Darius Boone with 16 seconds remaining, trailing 15-9 heading into the locker room at the break.
Leesville dominated the third quarter, recovering a fumble on Garner’s opening drive of the second half. After a long pass from Amendola to Burnette moved the ball to the 1-yard line, David Sohn punched it in on the next play, capping off the two-play drive, putting the Pride ahead 23-9 after another successful two-point conversion, this time when Amendola connected with Zack Blakeman.
After Burnette picked off a Mclean pass, the do-it-all utility player, kicked a 34-yard field goal for the Pride’s final score of the day. The field goal was set up by Burnette’s finger tip catch on the sideline.
Garner would score twice in the final seven minutes, first when Mclean hit Spencer Stephenson for a 14-yard pass with 6:07 remaining. The duo connected again for the conversion, making it 26-17 with 6:07 to play.
Four minutes later, Mclean threw a 20-yard score to Daiveon Carrington, making it a two-point game with 2:13 remaining. The Trojans would get the ball back with 1:14 remaining in the game and move into scoring territory. However, the Leesville defense came up with a sack of Mclean on fourth down to end the game.
Heritage 57, Jordan 13
The Huskies (4-1) traveled to the Bull City and picked up an impressive road win over Jordan. Heritage running back Trey Holloway rushed for three touchdowns, and the Huskies scored 34 point in the second half, while pitching a shutout after the break.
Rolesville 27 , Broughton 21
Rolesville improved to 3-2 on the season after defeating the Capitals in overtime in a rare Wednesday night game. This makes two losses in a row for Broughton, having started the season a perfect 3-0.