Lideatrick Griffin (5) returns the opening kickoff 90 yards to score the Tornadoes Friday night against West Lauderdale.
Lideatrick Griffin (5) returns the opening kickoff 90 yards to score the Tornadoes Friday night against West Lauderdale.
The Philadelphia Tornadoes picked up their first win of the season as they defeated West Lauderdale 29-21 on the road last Friday night in prep football action.

The Tornadoes improved to 1-1 and will host Leake Central Friday. Leake Central beat Leake County 41-0 last weekend and also stands at 1-1. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

“It was good to get the first win,” Coach David Frey said. “But we made too many mistakes and I hope we are getting that out of our system.

“We have a tough test this week in Leake Central. They are very athletic and have a lot of team speed. We have to be ready to play.”

Lidetrick Griffin caught the opening kickoff on the Tornado 10-yard line and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown. The extra point attempt was no good and the Tornadoes led 6-0.

West Lauderdale scored in the second quarter when Ja’Karius Grant ran in on an 11-yard rush. The extra point failed and the game was tied at 6-6.

Conner Long put the Tornadoes back in front nine plays later when he booted a 25-yard field goal. At the half, the Tornadoes led 9-6.

The Tornadoes kicked off the second half. The Philadelphia defense put some points on the scoreboard when Tanner Boler recovered a fumble and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown. The Tornadoes went for two and it failed, making the score 15-6 in favor of Philadelphia.

Boler scored again when he returned a punt 41 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Asher Morgan ran in the two-point conversion and the Tornadoes led 23-6.

Two plays after the kickoff, Boler recovered a fumble on the Knights’ 47. A 15-yard face mask penalty moved the Tornadoes to the 28-yard. Morgan connected with Griffin for a 20-yard completion. Then Kornelius Triplett ran the ball in from eight yards. The extra point failed and the Tornadoes led 29-6 with 7:01 left in the game.

But the game wasn’t over as West Lauderdale battled back. First, quarterback Eli Bryan completed a touchdown pass to Wyatt Castle for a 20-yard touchdown pass play. The extra point was good and Philadelphia led 29-13.

The Knights recovered an onside kick. Three plays later when Bryan ran in from 14 yards old. The kick was good and the Knights trailed 29-21.

West Lauderdale drove down to the Philadelphia two-yard line but failed to score and the game was over.

“It was a big time stop,” Frey said. “They could have given up and they didn’t. We weren’t solid this week; we still have a lot to work on. But a win is a win.”

Boler finished the game with 10 tackles. He had two fumble recoveries and an interception. Trey Crockett had 11 tackles and forced a fumble. Antuaze Brown had nine tackles.

Morgan completed seven passes for 102 yards. Griffin had four catches for 47 yards.