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Leigh starts off their football season – The Eleight

Leigh starts off their football season

The Leigh football team hit the ground running in their first game of the season. Facing a Mt. Pleasant High School team that finished a mere 1-9 in 2017, the Longhorns took full advantage of the matchup, crushing them by a score of 42-6.

Leigh jumped ahead to an early 21-0 lead after the first quarter and added two more touchdowns before the half. From there, it was smooth sailing.

Most of the damage by the Longhorns was done on the ground. They found success over and over again and continued to feed their running backs. Running back Eric Elizondo led the way, finishing with 10 carries for 195 yards, giving him a remarkable 19.5 yards per carry. Elizondo also finished with 2 touchdowns on the night. Max Griffiths, sophomore, added a 25 yard rushing touchdown and John Cotton, junior, added a 2 yard score.

There wasn’t much work for quarterback Kyle Albert, senior, to do, but he took full advantage of his opportunity when called upon. Albert completed both of his two attempts, finding the endzone on both occasions. One, a 6 yard touchdown pass to Griffiths, the other, a 12 yard touchdown pass to junior Tristin Pelletaire.

On the defensive end, the Longhorns got to Mt. Pleasant’s quarterback with ease all night long. The team recorded a total of 4.5 sacks. Timmy Treadwell, senior, was the main reason for the success on the defensive end. Treadwell recorded a team high 2.5 sacks on a night where he believed the team performed well all around.

“I thought we did well on offense and defensive,” Treadwell said. “Our O-line did a good job blocking for our running backs and Eric [Elizondo] played really well. And on defense we only gave up 6 points which is really good.”

Treadwell and the rest of the Longhorns will want to continue to build on their last performance. They will head to Los Gatos High School on Friday Aug. 31 to take on the Wildcats at 7:00 p.m.