Thursday night’s triple overtime thriller versus J.H. Rose was well worth the price of admission. The game was composed of big plays, turnovers, blocked kicks, and a galore of touchdowns.
Leesville entered the game 2-0 coming off a commanding 35-14 victory over Panther Creek last week. Cole Coleman led the team last week with 4 touchdowns, and continued his dominance into week three.
The first quarter was dominated by the Pride — they lead 17-0. Touchdowns came from Coleman, Cooper Eason-Riddle, senior, and Jefferson Norwood, senior, added to the scoring with a 47-yard field goal.
J.H. Rose bounced back in the second quarter with two touchdowns by Dontavies Harris making the game 17-14. With 33 seconds left in the half Eason-Riddle scored off a 37 yard touchdown pass, but Norwood’s PAT was blocked. The Pride entered the half leading 23-14.
The Pride defense held strong in the third quarter only allowing J.H. Rose to score one touchdown off a 16-yard pass to Mydreon Vines; and forced a safety to make the score 25-21. The third quarter proved to be the calm before the storm.
Harris scored his third touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter giving J.H Rose the 28-25 lead. Evan Provost, QB, was able to command his offense down the field and set up Norwood for a 27 yard field goal. Norwood converted the opportunity tieing the game up at 28-28.
The Pride defense once again stepped up to the challenge and forced J.H. Rose to fumble the ball, leaving Provost and the offense in J.H. Rose territory. Provost was able to find Landon Choboy streaking down the right flank for a 22-yard touchdown pass, with just under 5 minutes to go, giving the Pride a 35-28 lead.
With 1:32 remaining in the game, J.H. Rose was able to respond off a 29-yard touchdown pass.
The Pride took over with great field position after Matt Hamilton’s huge return off of the J.H. Rose kickoff. Although only a few plays later, Provost’s pass was picked off by a J.H. Rose defender around midfield with 39 seconds left.
The Leesville defense again stood strong and forced a fumble giving the Pride offense one last chance. With 7 seconds left on the clock Norwood, who had been spectacular all night, was sent on for a 50+ yard field goal attempt. His kick fell short sending the game into overtime tied at 35-35.
J.H. Rose’s Dontavies Harris scored his fourth touchdown off the game in overtime, but the extra point was blocked by Leesville’s Jake Hawkins. 41-35 J.H. Rose lead.
Provost responded quickly on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Hamilton. Yet again the kick was blocked by a J.H. Rose defender, sending the game into double overtime tied at 41-41.
This time the Pride set the standard with a touchdown pass to Coleman, and a conversion on the extra point giving leesville the 48-41 lead.
Harris was able to respond again with a 3-yard touchdown run, and the extra point was converted sending the game into a third and final overtime tied at 48-48.
J.H. Rose began with the ball for the start of the third overtime. They handed it off to no other than Dontavies Harris who scored his sixth touchdown of the game off a 1-yard run. The extra point was once again blocked by Hawkins making the score 54-48 J.H. Rose.
The game came down to one play: fourth and inches. Coleman received the ball off of Provost’s handoff, but Coleman was stuffed at the line, ending what had been a very exciting game.
The Pride will look to rebound next Friday when they host Garner in the Hamilton Stadium.