Top-ranked Leeds comes through in second half
by Gary Hanner
Sep 17, 2009 | 1123 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Leeds quarterback Rush Perkins loses the football on this fourth down play but the Green Wave recovered the fumble. The No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A used a strong second half to beat the Walter Wellborn Panthers 27-7.
Leeds quarterback Rush Perkins loses the football on this fourth down play but the Green Wave recovered the fumble. The No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A used a strong second half to beat the Walter Wellborn Panthers 27-7.
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Leeds head football coach Keith Etheredge knows that his team is 3-0 to start the season. But he also knows his team has not put together a complete game thus far. Last Friday’s game was evidence of that as the Green Wave trailed the Walter Wellborn Panthers 7-6 at halftime.

But they made second half adjustments and went on to beat the Panthers 27-7, their 18th win in a row.

Leeds fumbled the first time they had the ball but the Green Wave defense stepped up all night and made big play after big play. The first big play was a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jermaine Smith with 6:22 remaining in the first quarter. The PAT was no good and Leeds was on top 6-0.

Wellborn continued to move the ball but when they got into scoring strike, the Leeds defense would come up with another big play.

With 9:37 remaining in the second quarter, Zach Crawford intercepted a Wellborn pass that stopped a drive at the Leeds 4-yard line.

A few moments later, Jonathan Rose intercepted a pass in the end zone that stopped yet another drive.

The Leeds defense continued to make stop after stop but the offense for Leeds was having problems moving the ball. Leeds had the ball at their own 13, but Rush Perkins threw an interception and the ball was returned to the Leeds 4.

On the very next play, Wellborn scored and the PAT was good as Wellborn took a 7-6 halftime lead.

“This comes from being young,” Etheredge said. “We are making mistakes and we have to learn to put a full game together soon, not just a half.”

Whatever Etheredge said at halftime worked as the Green Wave offense scored three touchdowns and they went on to beat Wellborn 27-7.

Dedrick Forsythe scored twice while Ladarius Rodgers also scored.

Forsythe scored on a 6-yard run late in the third quarter to put Leeds back on top. Forsythe also scored on a 2-yard run while Rodgers scored the final touchdown on a 23-yard run to make the final score 27-7.

“We took control of the game in the second half,” Etheredge said. “We’re going to get better and better as we go.”

Etheredge said in two of the three games played, their offense has had over 400 total yards.

Leeds will travel to Weaver tomorrow looking to keep the winning streak alive.

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