In the first half of the Leeds football game at Trinity Presbyterian last week, the Green Wave looked like the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A. They were up 15-0 headed into the locker room at halftime.
But the second half was a different story as Leeds escaped with a 15-13 victory over Trinity.
In the second half, we turned the football over three times,” Coach Keith Etheredge said. “We had a fumble, muffed a kickoff return and threw an interception. We made some young mistakes.”
Leeds opened the scoring with a six-yard touchdown run by Tre Nation. The PAT was no good and the Green Wave was up 6-0.
The Green Wave defense pinned Trinity down deep in its own territory and when the Trinity quarterback attempted a pass from the end zone, he was called for intentional grounding, resulting in a safety, giving Leeds an 8-0 lead.
Right before halftime, Jonathan Hagler scored on a 52-yard run to make the score 15-0 at the break.
In the third quarter, Trinity drove down, and kicked a field goal to make it 15-3.
Leeds fumbled and Trinity recovered and moved the ball inside the Green Wave 5-yard line. The defense stiffened and held Trinity to another field goal to make it 15-6.
Trinity added a touchdown after another Leeds miscue to make it 15-13, and that would be the final score.
Nation led Leeds on the ground with 181 yards on 25 carries.
“I was pleased to get the win,” Etheredge said.
Leeds is 2-0, 1-0 in region play and set to battle Midfield Friday in the home opener for the Green Wave.
“Midfield has a very athletic squad,” Etheredge said.
The Patriots are 1-1 overall, 1-0 in region play after beating Central High School 48-8 last week.