Leeds routs Comer, 35-7
by JIM SMOTHERS
SYLACAUGA — Leeds High School football coach Keith Etheridge was visibly and audibly unhappy with the number of penalties called on his team Friday night, but the Green Wave still managed to sail through the yellow sea to an impressive 35-7 victory over B.B. Comer in 3A Region 4 football action.

Leeds was hit with 14 penalties for 125 yards, which also resulted in lost yardage on plays and one touchdown called back.

Leeds was on the rebound after losing their first game of the season to top-ranked Piedmont the previous week.

Comer fought hard to keep the game close in the first half, trailing by a single touchdown at halftime, but saw Leeds continue to stretch the lead in the second half.

Leeds took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in five plays for the game’s first touchdown. Kevin Derrick covered 53 yards on a pass from Trey Willoughby to the 1-yard line, and a second pass between the two was good for the touchdown. Raegin Langley kicked the first of a string of PATs from Cameron Copeland to make it 7-0.

The scoreboard didn’t change until the second half. Comer lost a fumble on the opening kickoff of the half at the 22-yard line. After a pair of offsides penalties on the Tigers, Zakkery Nation covered seven yards on two carries to score.

The Green Wave defense refused to allow Comer any first downs in the second half, giving the Leeds offense several opportunities to mix things up.

Late in the third quarter Leeds set up for a 37-yard field goal on fourth down on a fake play, with holder Copeland passing to Derrick for a touchdown.

Comer’s Jordan Butler ran back the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, bringing new hope to Tiger fans. Brandon Knox kicked the PAT to bring the game back within reach at 21-7.

But Leeds’ offense cranked out 120 rushing yards and two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, while the Green Wave defense held the Tigers to a net two-yards of offense in the quarter.

Nation led rushing in the game with 120 yards out of 260 yards rushing for the team.

Leeds is now 5-1 (4-0) on the season and will host Tarrant next week. Comer is 4-2 (3-1) and travels to Trinity Presbyterian next week.
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