Leroy Breaks Open Close Game For 2A Title

Leroy won its third title in a row as Clint Moseley won the MVP.

Birmingham, Ala.--Injuries can sometimes have a big impact on a football game and that was the case Saturday afternoon at Legion Field as Sulligent's top two offensive weapons Caleb Massey and Steven Stewart went down in the second half and that allowed Leroy to blow open a close game and run away with the Class 2A title 41-8.

Trailing 14-8 in the third quarter, Sulligent started a drive at its own 42-yard line. Eight plays later they had moved down to the Leroy 25 with quarterback Massey leading the charge. An exciting player, Massey tried to elude a defender and twisted his ankle on the play. Without him Sulligent didn't have the offensive firepower to handle Clint Moseley and the Leroy Bears.

The MVP of the game, Moseley threw for 272 yards on 15-27 attempts with two touchdowns and one interception. Running back Michael Bracy rushed for 131 yards on 19 attempts with two touchdowns as well. That duo began to go to work in the fourth quarter to bust open what had been a nip and tuck affair.

With just over 10 minutes left, Leroy drove the ball 64 yards in seven plays with Bracy scoring from five yards out to push the lead to 20-8. The two-point conversion failed, but that was just the beginning of a huge fourth quarter for Leroy.

Caleb Massey dives for the endzone.

Massey, who wound up with 55 rushing yards and 67 passing yards, tried to come back in the game, but it was obvious he was hobbled. Because of that he threw errant on the second play of the next drive, right into the hands of Josh Ervin. On a dead run, Ervin raced 30 yards for a touchdown. The extra point by Moseley was good making it 27-8. Yet another interception followed, setting up Leroy at the Sulligent 24.

It took only four plays for Leroy to score as Moseley hit Sammie Coates for 25 yards. Now up 34-8, Leroy added one final nail in the coffin as they intercepted a pass with just seconds remaining on their own two-yard line. Without enough room to kneel on the ball, Leroy handed off to backup running back Justin Bestada. Hitting a seam, he raced 98 yards to make the final 41-8.

Leroy got on the board first on its first possession of the game as the combination of Moseley and Bracy drove their offense 62 yards on seven plays. The last was an 18-yard touchdown strike to Coates. The two-point conversion pass from Moseley to Phillip Ervin was good to give Leroy the 8-0 lead.

Massey quickly got Sulligent back in the game as his legs were mainly responsible for a 10-play, 86-yard drive that took nearly four minutes. Massey covered the final yard of the drive for the touchdown and then ran over for the two-point conversion to tie the game.

Getting the ball back, Leroy drove 66 yards for another score on six plays. Bracy's two-yard touchdown run put the Bears up 14-8, but a failed two-point conversion attempt kept the lead at just six. After a defensive stand it looked like Leroy would break the game open just minutes later, but a Massey interception on a statue of liberty play was returned 82 yards inside the Leroy 10. Looking to swing the momentum, Sulligent instead gave it right back as Massey's pass was intercepted. Leroy ran out the clock to end the half with a slim lead and it stayed that way until the fourth quarter outburst sealed yet another state title for Leroy.

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