Tuscaloosa, Ala.--Another title game meant yet another blowout as Leeds completed the third repeat already at the Super 7 with a dominant performance against Fayette County. Running back Tre Nation powered the Green Wave with 186 yards and a championship game record five touchdowns while Leeds’ defense held the Tigers to minus 41 yards rushing in a 55-7 runaway.
Entering the game with 1,631 yards on the year and 29 touchdowns, Nation finished off his career at Leeds in grand style. With quarterback Tadarryl Marshall also a threat as both a runner and a passer it was Nation that made the Leeds offense go on Saturday. Coach Keith Etheridge said the final was the perfect way to sum up what Nation has meant to the program.
“It was just special,” Etheridge said. “He’s been our workhorse for a long time, him and Tadarryl. Each of them have started 58 games in a row. It’s amazing. He’s a had a great run here at the end. We’ve told him that right here at the end we’re going to feed you, we’re going to ride you and the offensive front all the way to the state championship because our defense has been playing great all year.
“We’ve played great defense all year,” he added. “Counting today I think we’ve given up 128 points on the year and we’ve scored over 650. I’m real proud of these guys.”
At the center of that is Nation. A player with some quality offers but still waiting on the power schools to join, the senior is someone Etheridge said teams are missing the boat on.
“I don’t understand the SEC schools not coming after this kid,” Etheridge said. “He’s a player.”
Taking the opening kickoff it was obvious that Leeds meant business as it took the Green Wave just five plays to cover 67 yards with the score coming on a 34-yard pass from Marshall to wide receiver Koi Freeman. Getting the ball back on their own 39 after allowing just one first down by penalty the Green Wave went to work again with an 11-play, 61-yard drive ending in Nation’s first touchdown run of the game.
The second quarter was much of the same with Leeds driving 43 yards in just five plays to make it 21-0. After finally getting the Green Wave offense off the field for the first time in the game Fayette County finally made something happen on offense later in the second as quarterback Drew Guy connected on three of six pass attempts to cover 57 yards with his touchdown toss to Kondarius Wilson his 25th of the season.
It was much too little and already too late for Fayette County however as Nation tacked on another touchdown before the half to extend the lead. When he added his fourth and fifth scores in the third quarter the only question left was how bad would it get before the final whistle sounded. With the second and third team in the game Leeds added two more touchdowns in the final 12 minutes before mercifully the final horn sounded on a 54-7 victory.