Entering Friday night’s match up against Garner, the Pride held a 2-1 record looking to complete out-of-conference play strong.
The Pride started the scoring off with a big run from Cole Coleman that went for 35 yards. Coleman was injured on the play and would not return, which proved to hurt the Pride offensively. The run by Coleman set up a 25-yard touchdown pass from Evan Provost to Cooper-Eason Riddle to give the Pride a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Garner would take over from there, running the ball right at the Pride and would not be stopped. Dwayne Holliday, the Trojans running back, would punch it in from two yards out for the Garner touchdown, making it 7-6 in the first quarter — the Trojans missed the ensuing extra point.
Shortly after, the Pride’s punt was blocked and went into the back of the endzone for a safety, giving Garner a one point lead over the Pride.
Cody Carpenter, the Trojans running back, kept the ball rolling with a strike into the endzone to Keion White for another Garner score. The Pride attempted to get something rolling, but Provost is sacked in the endzone for another Garner safety, pushing to Trojans lead to 17-7 with 8:18 left in the first half.
Garner continued to dominate with another touchdown pass from Carpenter. With the Pride looking for something before the half they catch a break after a Garner snap goes over the punter’s head for a safety. Just before half, Provost connected with Landon Choboy to set up a 44 yard field goal from Jefferson Norwood to pull the Pride within 12 at the half.
The second half proved to be the same story for both teams. Garner continued to play solid defense, and Holloway continued to run all over the Pride’s defense. Mistakes continued to prove costly for the Pride as Eason-Riddle fumbled the ball and Garner’s defense pounced on it and took it into the endzone for a Trojan touchdown.
The Pride took advantage of a Garner fumble by taking it into the endzone for six points making it 31-18 with 11:49 left in the fourth quarter after a failed two-point conversion.
Garner finished off the game with a final touchdown run from Holloway to give Garner the 45-18 victory over the Pride. It was a tough blow for the Pride after coming off a heartbreaking loss in triple-OT last week, but they continued to fight throughout the game showing great resilience.
Leesville will have next week off and will return on September 23 to begin conference play at home against Heritage.