Leeds wins Homecoming game 34-21

Eighth grader Jarod Latta started as quarterback in tonight's game.

Leeds won their Homecoming game Friday night 34-21 in front of a packed crowd at Homer Smiles Stadium.

The Greenwave offense showed a surge of energy, making a string of successful plays against Holtville for the Homecoming win. Read about the naming of Homecoming Queen here.

One change for the team was putting in a new starting quarterback, Jarod Latta, an eighth grader who was able to get the passing game going and assist the run game.

Coach Lee Gibson said he was proud of the team and “how they have kept fighting.”

“Tonight we were able to win all three phases of the game,” he said. “Special teams played a large part in the field position game.”

Defense placed a lot of pressure on Holtville’s quarterback and “helped set the tone for the night,” Gibson said.

Maliek Evens and DeVonte Green were “a force tonight on defense,” with each recording multiple sacks. Other players noted for strong defense was Dee Voltz, Jacob Cain, Omar Conley and Justin Pettus.

Jakobi Hunter had another big game. He ran for 112 yards tonight, which helped him pass the career 1,000-yard mark for rushing. Hunter scored two touchdowns while Nick Armstrong scored the other.

Latta threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns to Alphoncie Hopson and Cameron Dunklin.

Leeds led Holtville in offensive yards, with 343 compared to 270 and dominated the number of plays with 56 to their 47. Leeds led Holtville with 159 rushing yards to their 44 yards. Leeds also had more first downs, with 22 compared to their 14.

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