Game over: Leesville Road 36, Broughton 28
The Pride did enough in the fourth quarter to control the ball, and the clock, by running the ball for first downs. The defense also intercepted Caps quarterback Will Cooper in the end zone to end any threat from Broughton.
Key play: Pride quarterback Josh Stanley broke two tackles on a key fourth-and-7 to keep the Pride’s drive alive. The Prides scored six plays later for a 24-point lead.
Key stat: Broughton’s fourth turnover was its third inside the red zone.
Third Quarter: Leesville Road 28, Broughton 12
Give the Caps credit. They are testing a Pride team that has plenty of players playing both ways. The Caps came within 11 when quarterback Will Cooper found receiver Thomas Brown for a 31-yard touchdown.
The Pride thought answered right back with a 79-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Stanley to Austin Berrios. Other than that, the Pride haven’t done much on offense as their running back D.J. Hunt was tackled in the end zone by Broughton linebacker Clay Jones for a safety.
It will be interesting to see if Leesville Road shows any fatigue in the fourth quarter.
Key play: The 79-yard touchdown pass from Josh Stanley to Austin Berrios to push the Pride’s lead to 28-10 stopped any momentum from Broughton.
Key stat: Broughton controlled the ball for most of the quarter as Leesville Road ran just seven plays on offense.
Second Quarter: Leesville Road 21, Broughton 3
The story of this game so far is pretty simple. Let’s just say this: Broughton coach Chris Martin has a lot to talk about. And the good news is Martin will have plenty of time to make adjustments. It’s homecoming tonight at Broughton High School, giving the coach 15 minutes instead of the normal 12.
The Caps need to find a lot of answers in the locker room on defense. The Pride are throwing at will, they are running at will, and they are scoring at will almost.
The Pride started the quarter with a 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Stanley to Braxton Berrios. Then, on the Pride’s next possession, they used running back D.J. Hunt to move the ball down field. Hunt scored on a 5-yard run to give the Pride a 21-3 lead.
Key play: Leading by 18-points, the Pride made an important stop on fourth-and-inches when the Caps threatened to score from the Pride’s 8-yard line.
Key stat:On Leesville Road’s third scoring drive, the Pride didn’t throw the ball once, instead running the ball nine times.
First Quarter: Leesville Road 7, Broughton 3
The early matchup that might decide the game will be if No. 10 Broughton can create pressure on Leesville Road’s quarterback Josh Stanley. That hasn’t happened yet, as Stanley found a wide open Austin Berrios for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Besides the score, the No. 9-ranked Pride have moved the football at will against the Caps. Receivers are running free, which is interesting since the field is sloppy from the rain it has taken all week long.
In order for the Caps to keep pace, it appears they will have to force turnovers and create big plays to their wide receivers. So far, neither has happen as the Pride have been able to tackle well in the wet conditions.
Key play: Pride quarterback Josh Stanley found receiver Austin Berrios wide open for a 15-yard touchdown pass to give the Pride the lead.
Key stat:Unlike his 213-yard performance against No. 11 Millbrook, Broughton running back Chris Mangus was contained to just 2 yards in the first quarter.