Defensive Stand Secures Homecoming Win For Leopards
On a beautiful night at Leopard stadium, that was finally absent of any rain or severe weather threats, the Lovejoy football team treated fans to an exciting game that wasn't decided until the final play of the game.
The Lovejoy band started the night off performing before the game to allow for the Homecoming Court festivities to take place at halftime. Under the setting sun the band wowed fans with a preview of their show titled "Silent Night" that was recently awarded third place at USBands competition and received straight 1’s at the UIL Marching Competition.
The Lovejoy cheer team brought extra spirit to the homecoming game with "Junior Leopards" tagging along with their cheer heroes as a special ending to their cheer camp that was held on Oct 20th. With stands filling up, the Majestics and Cheer teams lining the field, the Lovejoy football players burst onto the field.
Lovejoy took control early and threatened to turn the game into the blowout scoring three times in the first quarter. Jahi Rainey opened the scoring for the Leopards on a 23 yard touchdown run two minutes into the game and scored again on a two yard run with 6:20 remaining in the firt quarter to give the home team a 14-0 lead. Quarterback Carson Collins extended the lead when he connected with Jacob Terwilliger for 49 yard touchdown pass for a 21-0 lead.
The Leopards added to their lead in the second quarter with Carson Collins finding Michael DiFiore wide open in the endzone for a 3 yard touchdown pass and 28-0 lead. Lake Dallas responded scoring two unanswered touchdowns to cut the lead in half 28-14. Tyler Loop scored what would turn out to be the last points for Lovejoy nailing a 44 yard field goal and 31-14 lead at halftime.
Lake Dallas put together a furious comeback in the second half scoring 10 points in the third quarter and an early field goal in the fourth quarter to bring them within one score 31-27. From that point on the Leopards made two crucial defensive stands. With Lake Dallas threatening to take the lead R.W. Rucker intercepted a pass at the two yard line to neutralize the first threat. On the final drive of the game the Leopards defense stepped up and recorded a sack by Sean Sumners as the clock expired for the 31-27 win as the players and students from the stands stormed the field to celebrate the homecoming night win.