Leake Academy’s football season came to an end on Friday night at the hands of one of the state’s top teams.

The Rebels trailed 14-0 at the half and the top-ranked Heritage Patriots pulled away to take a 35-0 win over Leake Academy in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.

With the loss, Leake Academy ends the season with a 7-5 record while Heritage improves to 11-0 on the season.

Despite the final score, Leake coach Brian Pickens said the final was indicative of how his team played.

“They played hard,” Pickens said. “They have played hard all season and came to Heritage ready to play. Heritage has a really good football team. They are really talented and just made a few more plays than we did. It was 14-0 at the half and that’s about as good as anybody has played them in the first half this year. We had some chances to make it a little closer but just couldn’t put the ball in the end zone.”

The Rebels got the ball to start the game and put together a pair of first downs before eventually punting.

The Rebels then held Heritage out of the end zone as the Patriots turned the ball over on downs at the Leake 15.

After a short Leake punt, Heritage went 33 yards in two plays, scoring on a 25-yard pass play with 3:27 left in the half.



After another Leake punt, the Patriots went 66 yards in 11 plays as they scored on a six-yard pass play with 8:59 left in the half for a 14-0 lead.

Leake Academy got a break midway through the second quarter when Ben Harrison recovered a Heritage fumble. After a first down, the Rebels drive stalled at the Heritage 10.

Leake got another turnover on an interception by Thomas Cheatham with 2:13 left in the half.

The Rebels got as deep as the Heritage 14 before an interception in the end zone on the last play of the half and the Patriots led 14-0.

“They were extremely athletic all the way around and we knew that going in,” Pickens said. “They made some plays on some jump balls and they have been making those plays the last two years. But I couldn’t ask for more out of our kids. I hate it for them because they fought really hard, especially after moving up in class.”

Heritage got the ball to start the last second half and went 71 yards in six plays, scoring a 12-yard touchdown pass with 917 left in the third to go up 20-0.

After a Leake punt, the Patriots went 67 yards in six plays, scoring on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 5:22 left in the third.

The Patriots last score came on a 13-yard interception return on a screen pass with 4:26 left in the third. The Patriots converted the two-point conversion to start the running clock.

The Patriots had 304 yards of total offense with 176 rushing and 128 passing. Leake had 145 yards of total offense with 102 rushing and 43 passing.

Wyatt Estep had 41 yards on 10 carries while Rhett Atkinson had 19 yards on 11 carries. Canon Parks had 18 yards on six carries while Garrett Martin had 12 yards on two carries.