LA Rebels look toward playoffs
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1:00 AM
Leake Academy's four-game winning streak came to an end Friday night when the defending Class AAA Division II champion Heritage Patriots scored 12 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take a 32-20 win.
Leake Academy’s John Forrest Sisson picks up yardage for the Rebels in Friday night’s game against AAA power Heritage. The Rebels lost 32-20.
Leake falls to 6-3 with the loss and will play Oak Hill in the regular-season finale on Friday. After Oak Hill lost 49-14 to Canton on Friday, Leake secured the district championship going into Friday night's road trip to West Point. Heritage improves to 7-2 on the season.
Region 5-3A standings
Leake Academy 6-3 4-0
Tri-County 8-1 3-1
Canton Academy 6-3 2-2
Oak Hill 5-4 2-2
Winston Academy 2-7 0-4
Manchester 1-8 0-4
Despite the loss, Leake coach Brian Pickens found some positives.
"No. 1, Heritage is the defending AAA champions and a good football program," Pickens said. "With that said, I was pleased with the way our defense got some big takeaways early. But we didn't capitalize on those mistakes."
Leake took an early 6-0 lead when Thomas Nazary intercepted a Heritage pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. The PAT failed and Leake led 6-0.
Heritage answered with a score and a touchdown drive before the half to take a 12-6 halftime lead.
"We just weren't able to get our offense going in the first half," Pickens said. "But I thought we came back and did some good things in the second half. I thought Alex (Shepard) did a good job of throwing the football. That's the first time we've been down on offense in the second half and come back and scored and we did that twice."
The Rebels came out of the dressing room and took a momentary lead as Drew McMillan hauled in an 13-yard touchdown pass from Alex Shepard and John Forrest Sisson booted the PAT as Leake led 13-12.
But Heritage answered back with a quick scoring drive, set up by a 60-yard kickoff return to take a 20-13 lead.
After swapping possessions, Leake moved down field quickly with a pair of long strikes to Jacob Robertson, the last one, a 37-yarder to set Leake up at the 2-yard line. From there, Sisson punched it in and booted the PAT as Leake tied the game at 20-20.
But from that point, Heritage continued to move the ball down the field and added a pair of late touchdowns.
On the night, Leake had 266 yards of total offense with 96 on the ground and 170 through the air. Heritage finished 450 yards of total offense with 341 on the ground.