The Leake Academy Rebels celebrated homecoming with a 42-13 victory over Newton Academy Friday night in prep football action.

The Rebels improved to 4-1 on the season. They open District 2AAA competition Friday when they visit Canton Academy. The Panthers come into the game with a 2-3 record. They dropped a 31-7 decision to Tri-County last week.

“It was a good win,” Coach Brian Pickens said. “We will be starting district next week and those will be the games that count.

“Canton has a good defense and our offense will be tested. They run a Wing-T with a lot of misdirection. We have to really with discipline.”

The Generals got on the scoreboard when Eli Finnegan ran 65 yards for a touchdown. Ethan McDill kicked the extra point and Newton Academy led 7-0.

The Rebels responded with three touchdowns in the first quarter and three more in the second period.

Quarterback Will-Lawson Harkins got things started when he ran 15 yards for a touchdown. Cameron Brown kicked the extra and the game was tied 7-7.

Harkins then connected on a pair of touchdown passes. The first went to Rusty Atkinson on a 41-yard TD pass completion. The second went to Matt Clair on a 16-yard TD pass play. Brown kicked both extra points and Leake Academy led 21-7 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Harkins thew his third TD pass of the game, connecting with Thomas Cheatham. Then running back Sam Wilder put two touchdowns on the scoreboard on runs of one yard and four yards. Brown kicked all three extra points and Leake Academy led 42-7.

Newton Academy scored later in the second quarter when Zander Bounds ran two yards for a touchdown. The try for two failed.

“I thought we responded well when they scored first,” Pickens said. “We got very focused and drove the ball down and answered the challenge. This is what we’ll have to do.”

The Rebels had a 16-8 edge in first downs. Leake Academy had 150 yards rushing and 93 markers in the air for 143 total yards. Wilder finished with 107 yards on 15 carries. Harkins rushed all of the passing yard along with 40 yards rushing, giving him 133 total yards.

The Generals had 171 yards rushing and eight yards passing, giving them 179 total yards.