The Leeds High School football team lost Friday night to Ohatchee High School 35-24.
The Greenwave started strong, with a 24-12 lead at halftime, but Ohatchee came back to score 25 points in the second half.
Leeds failed to score in the second half. Leeds struggled with penalties throughout the game, racking up 18 that cost them 105 yards.
Coach Lee Gibson said the Greenwave played well the first half and was able to make some plays defensively and on special teams, including a 37-yard field goal by kicker Steven Huddleston.
In the second half, Leeds lost several key players to injuries and that “hurt us,” Gibson said. “Hats off to (Ohatchee) for making some adjustments and being able to outlast us in the end.”
Gibson predicted it would be a very physical game and that Ohatchee would frequently run the football and they did, rushing for 328 yards, compared to Leeds’ 263 yards.
Leeds’ Jakobi Hunter rushed for 136 yards and scored two touchdowns. Alphoncie Hopson also scored a touchdown.
Ohatchee’s Grayson Alward scored three of their touchdowns and rushed for 177 yards.
“We have to finish games and play for 48 minutes,” Gibson said. “Still proud of the effort our guys displayed, and we will continue to work hard every day to get better.”
This story is a revised edition that includes comments from Coach Lee Gibson.
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