First-year head coach Brad Wilson led his Leesville Road football team to 34-6 victory over Jordan on opening night.
Wilson relied heavily on senior quarterback Clay Vick and his experienced arm to carry Leesville through the night. Three different players caught a touchdown pass from Vick before halftime and Leesville’s kicker Jefferson Norwood connected on two field goals in the second half.
They were the only six points scored by either team after the half.
“It was good but not good enough. I thought that in the first half we got into a rhythm, we moved the ball, and we did a good job. The second half, we’d have a couple of plays, then a penalty and then a couple drops,” Wilson said.
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“I won’t take anything away from these kids. They worked hard and they played hard…but they have to understand as we go week by week, we can’t play like we did in the second half.”
Vick threw completed 16 of his 30 pass attempts and threw for 168 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Matt Hamilton was the Pride’s leading receiver, hauling in 6 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Dustin Leak was the second on the receiving list, catching 4 passes for 19 yards and a touchdown. Leak also did work on the ground, scoring one touchdown and he led the team in rushing yards (74).
Senior Dustin Leak’s 5-yard scamper late in the first quarter put a stamp on the game for the Pride. His score put Leesville up 21-6 and they never looked back.
Three who mattered
Clay Vick, Leesville Road: After throwing an early interception in the first drive, Vick regained his composure and threw 2 first-quarter touchdown passes.
Patrick Rice, Leesville Road: Rice ended the night with 8 tackles and 2 sacks. He consistently put pressure on Jordan’s Ben Miller and influenced a good amount of incomplete passes.
Leesville Road’s defense: They stifled Jordan’s run game, tallied 4 sacks, forced 2 fumbles, and picked off 2 passes.
“Last year we didn’t do well and we’re just trying to get back in that groove. We’re having fun out there,” senior linebacker Patrick Rice said.
By the Numbers
1: Brad Wilson got his first win as Leesville Road’s head coach
35 & 22: Norwood’s two field goals in the second half were from 35-yards and 22-yards respectively.
7: How many yards the Jordan running backs combined for.
5: Both starting quarterbacks combined for 5 interceptions; Vick threw three and Ben Miller threw two
2: Leesville’s David Roane was lone interceptor for the Pride, snagging both errand passes from Jordan’s Miller.