The Leeds Greenwave football team fell to the Sylacauga Aggies Friday night 20-3 in a home game opener for the 2019 season at Homer Smiles stadium.
It may have been a loss, but new head coach Jerry Hood was not disappointed with the team’s showing, especially the defense’s ability to hold the much bigger and more experienced 5A Aggies team at no score until late in the second quarter.
“I’m proud of them,” he said after the game. “That’s a good physical, tough team but we created two turnovers. … They showed me so much perseverance and guts I can’t even tell you.”
The Aggies scored their first touchdown before the half but didn’t score again until late in the fourth quarter. The last touchdown came with only three minutes left and the kicker missed the extra point.
Greenwave kicker Yair Cabrerra put the only points on the board for Leeds with a field goal in the third quarter.
Hood expects Friday night’s game to prepare the Greenwave to win against teams in their division, including Elmore County in two weeks and Lincoln the following week. Click here to see this year’s complete schedule.
“I tell them, this is a marathon,” Hood said after the game. “Greatness will catch us because of the way you’re working.”
The team is young and depth is thin for the next two weeks, he said, but the team will strengthen when three of their colleagues come back from injuries.
After experiencing his first Leeds High School football game, Hood said he was amazed at the support from Leeds fans.
“I’m proud of the community for turning out like this tonight,” he said. “What a great night for Leeds, Alabama.”