Despite many player injuries, the Pride was able to bounce back against Broughton with a 31-13 victory.
Key players, such as Cole Coleman, Peyton Winstead, and Harrison Sullivan were all out against Broughton Friday night. Matthew Melvin, Dylan Donnelly, and Cooper Eason-Riddle would be injured during the game and not return. However, this did not slow down the Pride.
Vince Amendola, a sophomore, earned the start at quarterback Friday night and got the Pride off to a fast start. Amendola threw a quick pass to Matt Hamilton, senior wide receiver, which set up a touchdown pass to Landon Chobody, junior wide receiver, for the Pride’s first score.
After a Broughton punt, Leesville drove down the field looking for another score. BJ Adamchik, freshman running back, received a screen pass from Amendola for a 12 yard touchdown pass to put the Pride up 14-0.
Broughton and Leesville exchange possessions in the 2nd quarter, both ending in punts. Zaheed Stubbs, junior running back, gained solid yards on two carries setting the Pride up well within 20 yards from the end zone. However, the next play Amendola was picked off by Broughton’s Devone Jackson, and he took it back for a score. This made it 14-7 Leesville with 5:09 left in the half.
Leesville would finish the half on a drive that would set up a 38-yard-field goal from Jefferson Norwood to give the Pride a 17-7 lead at the end of the first half.
Broughton started with the ball in the second half, but the Pride defense held strong to force a punt. The next possession for Leesville would culminate into a touchdown run for Stubbs to make it 24-7 Pride.
The Pride would take advantage of another short Broughton possession. Amendola would hit Ryan Whitsit, junior wide receiver, down the sidelines for another Leesville touchdown, putting the Pride up big 31-7 at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was sloppy play on both sides. Leesville continued to run clock out. Broughton would score their first offensive touchdown but missed the extra point making it 31-13 Pride.
Leesville would walk away with a 31-13 victory bringing their record back to .500 at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in conference. The Pride look to follow up this week’s strong performance next week as they travel to Cap-8 foe Sanderson (4-2, 0-2).