“They’re going to cross the 50,” he said. “It’s just like ‘Bama-LSU, high school.”
Stephens was almost right.
The visiting Tigers did cross midfield one time in the third quarter on Friday at Homer Smiles Field, but it was about the only thing that went right for them. Leeds rolled up nearly 450 yards of offense, and throttled the Tigers on defense, en route to a dominant 47-0 victory.
It was a powerful statement for the Green Wave (4-2, 3-1), one week after a difficult loss to second-ranked Piedmont in non-region play.
“It could be a big statement,” sophomore running back Tre Nation said after the game. “Then again, it could be just a small statement. It all depends.
“We just wanted to fight. Play as hard as we can. We didn’t feel like losing again.”
Nation was one of two backs Leeds used in a dominant rushing effort on Friday. The sophomore carried the ball 12 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns.
“I just have to give it up to the line,” Nation said. “The line blocked great tonight.”
Nation’s effort wasn’t even the best on the team — his teammate, junior Tyler Wright, only toted the ball 10 times, but finished with 127 yards and three scores of his own. Wright’s first touchdown came on the second Green Wave possession, a thunderous effort in which he ran over a Comer defender for the score. Morgan Coston’s extra point gave Leeds the advantage they would not relinquish.
“Establish the run, we looked good up front, our backs ran well, and play great defense,” Leeds head coach Keith Etheredge said. “That’s (B.B. Comer) a 4-1 team and they’re the leader in our region.
“It’s a stepping stone. We’re not where we need to be, but it is a good step.”
Nation added his first touchdown early in the second quarter, scoring from 21 yards away, after a punt return by junior Jacoby Lockhart set the Green Wave up in Tiger territory. Wright put the third score — a 44-yard dash — on the board the next time Leeds touched the ball.
By the time the Homecoming court was taking the field, Leeds led 21-0.
“We knew coming in we were going to have to execute well to beat them,” said Comer head coach Anthony Jacks. “And we really didn’t.
“We’ve got to learn how to push through adversity. We can’t let a few bad things snowball like they did tonight.”
The Green Wave defense was smothering. The leading rusher for Comer (4-2, 3-1) was junior Daniel Caldwell, who finished with 18 carries for 45 yards. As a team, the Tigers rushed for 47 yards on 35 carries. Comer quarterback Tyler Holmes completed 2-of-7 passes for 16 yards, and an interception.
“We’ve got to execute,” Jacks said. “They get you tired and they kind of impose their will on you.”
Nation and Wright took turns in the third quarter. Nation scored from three yards away to make it 27-0, then Wright scored from 9 yards out to make it 33-0. That score came after an interception by Leeds’ Demontrez Clark snuffed Comer’s only possession that crossed midfield.
Nation scored again, from 19 yards away, early in the fourth, and Coston’s point-after made it 40-0. The final score came from freshman Tyler Rose, who carried it in from 5 yards away.
Both teams continue region action next week — Leeds travels to Tarrant, while Comer will return home to face Trinity.