High School Sports

Leesville Road snaps losing skid, beats Broughton

The Leesville Road Pride snapped a two-game losing streak while Broughton’s continued to five games after the Pride’s come-from-behind win, 36-26.

Leesville’s deep ball got them back into this one.

Quarterback Clay Vick connected with Elisiah Richardson for a 50-yard score as time expired in the first half. The momentum carried through the rest of the game as the Pride outscored the Capitals 22-7 to get them to .500 on the season (3-3, 1-1 Cap Eight).

“That’s a huge momentum play,” Pride coach Mike Hobgood said. “It’s points on the board but also going into the half that was probably the biggest single play of the game, getting us back within striking distance with the ball to start the second half.”

Pride running back Mike Dehaney scored on a four-yard run with 5:43 left in the third quarter, giving Leesville their first lead of the game; and that was followed up with an early Mason Pyper run in the fourth from 13 yards out to make it a 29-19 Pride advantage.

“We worked extremely hard throughout practice. Going into this game we knew we needed mental toughness,” said Richardson. “Coming off a two-game losing streak, anybody can give up. The coaches and players came together, and we found a way to win.”

The Capitals (1-5, 0-2) found themselves ahead in the early goings. After a missed field goal on their opening possession, Owen Wilkinson had his first of two touchdown passes when he found Dominic Ford open in the back of the end zone. Stephen McGowan scored seven seconds into the second quarter to give the Caps a 13-0 lead.

The quick deficit following a two-game losing streak didn’t affect Hobgood, or his team.

“These kids have won a lot of football games. They know how to win. We never felt uncomfortable because we knew we could close that deficit,” Hobgood said.

A Broughton trick play made things interesting late.

With the offense on the Leesville 21 yard line, Wilkinson completed a nine-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 three-point deficit.

Broughton was unable to mount a comeback late as their final two drives resulted in a punt and turnover on downs. They’ll try to snap their five-game losing streak next week at Millbrook.

Leesville’s fortunes turned around.

After just three combined points scored in their last two games, they out-gunned a Caps team hosting homecoming night. The Pride put up 397 yards on offense, and Broughton had 251.