Another bevy of miscues cost the Leake Academy Rebels in their first game of district play last week.

Lamar School blocked two punts and used two big offensive plays to take a 31-16 win over the Rebels on Friday night at A.L. Thaggard Field.

The Raiders are now 3-1 on the season while Leake falls to 1-2 on the season.

It was another tough night for the Rebels as the Raiders blocked two punts and used another special team’s miscue to set up another score.

“No. 1, you have got to protect the football,” Leake coach Brian Pickens said. “When you go into big games, you have to protect the ball and play well in all phases of the game. Lamar did that and we didn’t.”

Leake Academy got the ball to start the game and had the punt blocked. Jackson Bryan recovered the punt in the end zone for a touchdown for Lamar. The PAT failed and Lamar led 6-0 with 9:55 left in the first quarter.

The Rebels answered with an eight-play, 80-yard drive. Freshman Rhett Atkinson had a 36-yard completion to Thomas Cheatham and then hit Riley Myers on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 7:03 left in the first quarter. Cole Arthur booted the PAT and Leake led 7-6.

The Raiders took the lead late in the first quarter. Will Morris hit Brandrick Thomas on a 35-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-3. The try for two failed and Lamar led 12-7.

The Rebels were forced to punt on their next series and the Raiders blocked another punt, giving them the ball at the Leake 41. The Raiders went deep as Morris hit Jacob Partridge for a 41-yard touchdown pass with 9:13 left in the first half. The try for two failed and Lamar led 18-7.

“They had a touchdown off a blocked punt and another off a bad snap,” Pickens said. “You can’t give away points like that and beat a good football team. You have to work hard on special teams. They are kind of under appreciated and they show up in big games.”

Leake cut the lead to 18-9 with 6:01 left in the first half as Gunner Scott sacked Morris and recovered the fumble for the safety.

But just as Leake had some momentum, Atkinson fumbled  to give Lamar the ball back. Thomas then broke several tackles and rambled 34 yards for a touchdown with 3:58 left in the half. Zagar Cooper booted the PAT and Lamb led 25-9.

Leake Academy answered right back as they went 82 yards in 11 plays before the half. Atkinson hit Cheatham on a 35-yard touchdown pass with 24.9 seconds left. Arthur booted the PAT and Lamar led 25-16 at the half.

The Raiders added a second-half score as the kicking game plagued the Rebels again. This time, the Rebels snapped the ball over Arthur’s head and gsve the Raiders the ball at the Leake Academy one-yard line. Morris then hit Cooper in the end zone with 11:46 left in the game. The try for two failed and Lamar led 31-16.

This week’s game

The Rebels go straight into another district contest when they host Hartfield Academy this week.

The Hawks are 3-0 on the season with some impressive wins. The beat St. Aloysius 29-10 in the opener and then beat Canton Academy 42-10 in week two. Last week, they beat Park Place 40-14 to stay unbeaten.