WHITEWRIGHT — After waiting a week to begin district play, Leonard showed it was ready to put points up on the board as Ronnie Hart guided the offense to a big night in a 49-27 victory against Whitewright in 6-3A (II) action on Friday.
Hart finished with 15 carries for 251 yards and three touchdown runs and was also 8-of-13 for 159 yards and a touchdown with an interception for Leonard (3-2, 1-0), which had nearly 500 yards of offense and led 35-7 at half-time.
Whitewright (2-4, 0-2) got on the board first when Dylan Cordell rambled 53 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the game to take a 7-0 lead. Cordell totaled 128 yards on 17 carries
When Leonard got the ball it drove 70 yards for a score. Hart had the key play with a 22-yard dash and J.J. Brian completed the drive with a 14-yard TD run to tie the game.
A snap over the head of the punter gave Leonard the ball at the Whitewright 34. On the third play Hart passed to Byron Bolin for a 21-yard gain. Hart followed with a 22-yard scoring run with 3:10 left in the period.
Leonard tallied again on an eight-play, 45-yard drive. Then Hart connected with Brian on a 39-yard pass to set up a two yard TD run by Hart with 10:09 left in the second quarter.
Less than four minutes later, on the third play of Leonard’s next possession, Hart broke-free on a 77-yard touchdown run.
Right before half-time Leonard capitalized again on a 42-yard TD pass from Hart to Hunter Reed for the 35-7 advantage.
Whitewright had the only touchdown in the third quarter thanks to a 70-yard drive that was capped by an 11-yard run by Neal Taylor.
A Whitewright fumble at the Leonard 12 halted a chance for the home team to cut into the deficit.
On Leonard’s next possession, Hart ripped off runs of 47 and 24 yards. Tanner Young plunged in from the one yard line and Leonard had a 42-13 lead with 8:41 left in the game.
Marcus Reeves ran for a five-yard touchdown and Whitewright scored less than a minute later when Marshall Mangrum lofted a 37-yard scoring pass to Reeves. Neal Taylor ran for the two-point conversion as the lead was down to 15 with just over five minutes left.
Brian closed out the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run for Leonard, which will host the S&S Rams in a district contest on Friday.