Competing in the difficult BVAL-Mount Hamilton “A” division, the Leigh Longhorns football team was projected to have another dismal 2-8 season. Yet the Longhorns came out to play this year! The Longhorns came out stronger than ever, starting the season 3-0 outscoring their opponents 133-54. Their season opener pitted them against rival Branham. Determined to make revenge for last year’s upset when the Bruins bested the Longhorns for the first time in 13 years, the Longhorns put the pedal to the metal and steamrolled right over Branham, winning 35-7.
The following week the Longhorns had their home opener against the Westmont Warriors. Carrying the momentum from week one, the Longhorns demolished the Warriors 42-20. To round out their 3-0 start, the Longhorns crushed the visiting Independence 76ers. Leading 49-7 at the end of the first half, the starters watched from the sidelines as the second stringers closed it with a 56-27 win. After 3 lopsided wins, the Longhorns earned themselves a well-deserved bye week before entering tough league play.
Senior captain Cole Doty has successfully made one of the hardest position changes in the game; Quarterback to running-back, rushing for 217 yards on 24 carries, and scoring 4 touchdowns.
“At first I was hesitant, but slowly, actually really in the span of 15 minutes I said I’ll play defense-I will do whatever the team needs. It’s fun to watch Jared, it’s a treat to watch him run faster than everyone else on the field,” said Cole Doty, senior, when asked about his position change and what it is like to watch Jared King at the position he had been training for several years.
By the first three weeks, the Longhorns had already surpassed last years turnover number as the Longhorn defense has came up with two blocked punts, a blocked field goal, and four interceptions- including a pick six in week three by Peter Finocchio, Junior.
The Longhorns and their coaching staff are ready for a tough road ahead and send a strong thank you to all the fans for their continued support.The Longhorns hope to continue to prove the non believers wrong in pursuit to their first league title since 2004 and Leigh’s first under Leigh alum and coach, Kyle Padia. Hook ‘em Horns!