Leslie scores five times in comeback win over Enfield

ENFIELD — Joe Leslie scored five touchdowns in three different ways as Ellington-Somers overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Enfield, 42-21 Friday night.

“Joe Leslie is a great kid,” Ellington-Somers head coach Sean Byrne said. “At the end of the third we put him in at slot back, he will do whatever I ask him to do. He’s all about the team and trying to win and having a good time. He’s a model kid and a model athlete for our program. I’m really happy for his success.”

Leslie threw for a touchdown, ran for three touchdowns and caught one too. He also converted two two-point conversions. He totaled 136 yards on 9-f0r-12 passing and ran for 101 yards.

But it wasn’t all fun and games for the Knights (2-2).

After building an 12-0 lead early, the Raiders (2-2) battled back. And they battled tooth and nail.

Towards the end of the first quarter, Enfield quarterback Jason Davis found Tyrik Henry for a 74-yard screen pass that not only put the Raiders on the board, but it seemed to awaken the entire offense.

“Their philosophy against us is to bring pressure,” Enfield head coach Jay Gaucher said. “We know how to get it to our guys and Tyrik is a special athlete and he plays hard for us.”

“We made a few adjustments,” Byrne said, citing the big play in the first quarter as the catalyst for some needed changes at the half. “We got caught on that screen for a touchdown, we didn’t have a safety across the top.”

Ellington answered when Shane McGowen caught a touchdown pass from Leslie, but Enfield came back with another 45-yard pass to Henry that cut the lead to 18-14.

The Henry caught an interception to stifle Ellington-Somers on their next drive, and after an Enfield punt, the defense once again forced a turnover, leading to an 11-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Watson to give Enfield a 21-18 lead at the half.

In the second half, the defenses stood tough, alternating possessions for nearly 11 minutes, until Jeremiah Mason crossed the end zone on a 9-yard run for the Knights.

Up 26-21, Ellington-Somers was able to put more pressure on the Raiders with a big onside kick, and the Knights recovered and scored five plays later.

“I think until the end of the game we only had two possessions in the second half,” Gaucher said. “And we had them on a 1st and 40, and they converted and later scored. That was a big hit.”

The Knights added a final punctuation mark as Leslie broke away for a 37 yard touchdown with a minute left in the fourth.

For the Knights offensive attack, Schneider had 95 yards rushing and 41 receiving. Fellow senior Michael Casciano ran for 64 yards, and freshman Tyreik Noel had three receptions for 79 yards.

The Raiders were led by Davis, who ran for 65 yards. Through the air, the senior caption tallied 165 yards through the air and two touchdown passes.

“It’s a mix of everything,” Gaucher said of the loss. “I am pleased with out kids effort. Our kids don’t quit. I am disappointed with some of our lack of discipline. We were down 18-7, our kids rallied to take the lead, but they controlled the whole second half.”

All Photos by Erika Studer

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