Leeds loses to Lincoln Golden Bears 42-21

Leeds Greenwave lost to the Lincoln Golden Bears.

Leeds High School’s football team fell to the Lincoln High School Golden Bears 42-21 Friday night in the second Greenwave home game.

The Golden Bears came out strong, scoring 28 points in the first half to Leeds’ 14. Leeds came back in the second half to score a touchdown, but the Golden Bears kept their lead and added to it with two touchdowns in the second half.

Coach Lee Gibson said Leeds players “really showed up tonight against a veteran team.” Many of Lincoln’s starters are juniors and seniors. The average age of Leeds’ team is 15, Gibson said.

Despite the score, the teams were close on rushing yards with the Golden Bears at 306 and Leeds with 274.

The biggest difference was the passing game. Lincoln only threw one pass the entire game and it was incomplete. Leeds quarterback Nick Armstrong threw for 46 yards, but pass completions proved difficult, making only 4 out of 17.

Gibson noted the quarterback for Lincoln “made a lot of plays with his feet” and was one of the best players they’ve seen in a while.

“They were a well-coached team,” Gibson said. “We started slow and got down quickly.  Unlike last week, we were not able to bounce back. Still very proud of our kids and how hard they play.  We are learning as we go and will get better as the year goes.”

Jakobi Hunter put up some impressive numbers, with 191 rushing yards and scoring a touchdown.

The Play of the Game for Leeds was a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Omar Conley, who scored two of Leeds’ three touchdowns.

“We just have to keep coaching these young guys up and by the end of the year I believe we will be a good team and make the playoffs,” Gibson said.

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