For the first three games of the season, including a preseason game, the Leon offense had struggled.
There’s no sugarcoating a passing game that boasted as much yardage as an urban apartment.
Thursday night’s game at Mosley remedied those problems.
The Lions beat the Dolphins, 24-14, using an 80-yard touchdown strike from Leon junior quarterback Ty Glasco to receiver J’Air Jones in the fourth quarter to grab a lead.
With Mosley driving to the 14-yard line to retake the lead with under three minutes remaining in the game, the Dolphins (2-1) made their biggest miscue of the game.
A bad shotgun snap hit the ground and Leon linebacker Joey Grant raced in, scooped up the fumble and raced 73 yards with no hindrance to put the game away.
Glasco finished 9 of 12 passing for 146 yards with a first-quarter rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown. Jones caught 4 balls for 108 yards, while James Peterson carried 13 times for 66 yards.
Mosley running back Destin Coates carried 23 times for 147 yards and the first touchdown of the game.
Kicker Jack Driggers nailed a 39-yard field goal in the second quarter and was 3 for 3 on extra points, while Damien Crumitie made an interception on the Dolphins’ final drive.
Leon improved to 2-1 on the year, picking up win No. 596 in school history. The Lions face Godby next week.
LEON 24, MOSLEY 14
Leon 7 3 0 14 — 24
Mosley 7 0 0 7 — 14
M — Destin Coates 5 run (Kyle Hudson kick)
L — Ty Glasco 1 run (Jack Driggers kick)
L — Driggers 39 field goal
M — Ezra Gray 2 run (Hudson kick)
L — J’Air Jones 80 pass from Glasco (Driggers kick)
L — Joey Grant 73 fumble return (Driggers kick)
Rushing — Leon: James Peterson 13-66, Ty Glasco 8-27, Joey Grant 3-6, Darquez Brutton 1-(-1); Mosley: Destin Coates 23-147, John Miller 10-34, Ezra Gray 13-26, Trenton Gibbens 1-12, Scott Whitaker 1-12, Peyton Calhoun 6-(-40).
Passing — Leon: Ty Glasco 9-12-146-1-1; Mosley: Peyton Calhoun 9-20-78-0-1, Scott Whitaker 1-2-5-0-0.
Receiving — Leon: J’Air Jones 4-108, Javier Ferrer 5-38; Mosley: Alonzo Johnson 4-40, Coates 2-16, Tevin Jones 1-16, James Lovett 1-9, Gray 1-5, Miller 1-(-3).
Leon (2-1), Mosley (2-1)
Leon vs. Godby at Gene Cox Stadium, Sept. 18
Lincoln 24, Bradenon Manatee 21
The Trojans, 0-3 to start the year, handed Manatee its first home loss in 30 games after a second-half rally.
Lincoln was behind 21-10 at the half, but the Trojans’ defense responded at the same time that the offense did.
Lincoln running back Diamonds Haynes put his team on the board late in the third quarter with a 39-yard touchdown run to make the game 21-17.
On the ensuing Manatee drive, Trojans defensive back Freddie Simmons picked off an errant first-down pass, setting up Lincoln’s offense at the Hurricanes’ 34-yard line, but Lincoln fumbled an opportunity away immediately.
The Trojans’ defense held strong, forcing two punts on successive Hurricanes’ possessions.
Stuck on the 9-yard line after the latter, Lincoln’s offense came through.
Haynes ran for 28 yards, then quarterback Chris Brimm tossed a swing pass to fullback Kevon Williams, who burned up a 46-yard gain to the Manatee 16.
After a penalty, Lincoln receiver Fred Daughtry made up for previous drops by catching an 11-yard touchdown pass from Brimm for the game-winning score with 4:43 left in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans withstood a 38-yard field goal by Manatee in the game’s final seconds.
WATCH THE GAME:
Rickards 36, Choctawatchee 35 OT
Just like last year two years, the Raiders escaped with a one-point win, crushing the Indians’ thoughts of victory.
Choctaw struck first off an 80-yard drive, only to have Rickards answer on a one-yard run by Raiders running back Kahlil Hampton. The Indians padded the lead to 14-6 not long after.
After that, Rickards received a big performance from Marcus Riley, who had to play quarterback after starter D.J. Phillips got injured during practice mid-week.
Riley’s first touchdown pass of the night came with 3:42 remaining in the 2nd quarter when he found receiver Chad Hunter down the sideline for a 74-yard score.
Choctaw took a 21-12 to lead to half, however, but Rickards linebackers Joshua Butler (13 tackles) and Jordan Brownlee (eight tackles, INT) commanded a defense that began affecting Choctaw’s offensive attack.
Hampton scored another touchdown run to cut the lead to one and the Raiders took the lead 28-21 early in the fourth quarter on Riley’s 10-yard connection with receiver Javon Wooten.
Again Choctaw responded to tie the see-saw affair. Rickards blocked a 45-yard field goal, sending the game to overtime.
The Indians got the ball first and scored, making the advantage 35-28. But Riley hit Hunter again for a touchdown, this one 10 yards.
Rickards won the game on Riley’s two-point conversion run, a plunge directly behind the offensive line, sending the Raiders (3-0) to victory as the team spilled into the end zone.
Rickards vs. Choctaw:
Niceville 28, Godby 14
The Cougars (1-2) couldn’t overcome the Eagles (2-1) after Niceville scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to claim victory.
However, Godby quarterback Darius Bradwell continued his area-leading rushing efforts. Bradwell carried 14 times for 100 yards and threw for 72 more in the loss.
Godby faces Leon next week.
Florida High 42, FAMU DRS 0
Rutherford 49, Liberty County 32
Bradford 23, Taylor County 20
Sneads 16, Maclay 7
St. Francis 43, Aucilla Christian 14
Trenton 48, Port St. Joe 13
Brookwood 37, John Paul II 6
Franklin County 36, Robert F. Munroe 0
Wakulla 37, Madison 0
Blountstown 35, Chipley 12
B- Alex Buggs 16 pass from Chasen Roulhac (Derek Eberly kick)
B- Chasen Roulhac 5 run (Eberly kick)
C- A. Sims 67 pass from G. Rowell (A. Sims pass failed)
B- Jamal Howard kickoff return (Eberly kick)
B- Roulhac 1 run (Eberly kick)
B- Shad Johnson fumble recover (Eberly kick)
C- M. McCorvey 35 pass from G. Rowell (failed two-point conversion)
Rushing — Blountstown: Shad Johnson 8-35, Cole Skipper 6-31, Alex Buggs 5-35, Chasen Roulhac 5-15-2; Chipley, A. Sims 14-38, J. Graham 7-36. Passing — Blountstown: Chasen Roulhac 6-10-134-30; Chipley, J. Rowell 4-7-103-67. Receiving — Blountstown: Alex Buggs 3-59, Ayers Hassig 1-28, Cole Skipper 1-27, Tucker Jordan 1-20; Chipley, A. Sims 2-61, M. McCorvey 1-35, J. Graham 1-7.