Leopards’ balanced offense fly past Eagles
by Ruthie Pope Sports Writer
The Leopards set their sights on the Eagles and never let up, sending them back to Rosewood with a 14-7 loss.
“Our boys played a good game. It was wet the whole first half, and I’m just happy we’re still undefeated in the conference,” Lakewood head coach James Lewis said after the game. He was also smiling because his daughter, Emily, was crowned homecoming queen.
A steady rain fell throughout the first half and neither team could get a good foothold in the red zone until the second quarter rolled around.
Rosewood jumped out first at the 9:58 mark when Jacob Sasser carried the ball in from 1 yard out. Marquail Almontaser kicked in the extra point to put points on the board first, 0-7 for the Eagles.
The Leopards marched back down field, retaliating with a 1 yard run of their own by Haywood Mack. Wesley Sessoms kicked in the extra point to tie the score at 7-all at 7:22 in the second quarter.
Both defenses kept the other out of the end zone until just seconds before halftime.
From about mid-field, Leopard quarterback J.J. Tanner was chased out of the pocket, but managed to connect in the air from 37 yards out with his cousin Austin Tanner.
Tanner bulldozed his way into the end zone with no more time left on the clock. Sessoms once again split the uprights to make the score 14-7 as the two teams left the field for halftime.
The rain clouds lifted as the homecoming contestants took the field, and no more rain fell until there was about 2 minutes left in the ballgame.
There would be no more points added to the scoreboard despite several threats by both teams.
With just seconds on the clock, the Leopards got to within inches of crossing the goal line, but time ran out before they could run another play.
Leading the rushing for Lakewood was Haywood Mack with 23 carries for 116 yards. Deshuan Wilson went 4 for 17; Stephan King, 1 for 7; Sam Koser, 3 for 12; and Shyheim Rich, 2 for 4.
J.J. Tanner completed 7 passes from 12 attempts for 159 yards. Recievers were Jabriel Cooper, who caught 4 for 75 yards; Austin Tanner, 1 for 37; Koser, 1 for 17; and Seth Herwy, 1 for 22 yards.
For Rosewood’s offense, Felipe Ornelas went 11 for 46; Garrett Tyndall, 1 for 4; Jamari McGown, 11 for 51.
Quarterback Jacob Sasser threw 2 passes for 65 yards.
In the air for the Eagles, McGown caught 1 pass for 60 yards.
On defense for Lakewood, Cody Barnett had 8 tackles; Trace Faircloth, 7 tackles; Pat Rich, 6 tackles; Stephan King, 4 tackles; and Ray Hayes with 5 tackles and 1 sack for a 5 yard loss.
The Leopards travel to James Kenan next week.
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