St. Clair’s Fighting Saints hope to remain undefeated when they host the Leeds Green Wave at 7 p.m. Friday, but coach Charlie Boren knows it won’t be easy.
Both teams are 4-0, but each of Leeds’ wins has been against previously undefeated teams, with the Green Wave outscoring their opponents 120-13.
“There’s no doubt what it’s going to be: a hard-nosed, physical, getting-after-it kind of game,” Boren said. “Our game with Leeds has really developed into a good rivalry lately. It’s a non-region game for us, but we have two huge region games the next two weeks, so it should help get us ready for that.”
Leeds coach Keith Etheredge said that it makes no difference to the top-ranked Green Wave that Friday’s game isn’t a region match-up.
“At the start of the season, we set the goal of being 15-0, and we can’t do that unless we win this game,” he said. “Saint Clair County is always a big game for us. Our kids know each other, and it’s for bragging rights. Even though it means nothing region-wise, we still want to win.”
Leeds approaches the game after a 27-3 win against Walter Wellborn last week, while the Saints (ranked eighth this week in one high school poll, 13th in another) made a fourth quarter rally to edge past Cleburne County, 31-28.
“Our defense played really well,” Etheredge said. “Walter Wellborn has averaged 52 points this season, and we held them to three. Our defense has been playing well, but we have a little work to do on the offensive front.”
After having trouble shutting down Cleburne’s offense for most of the game, Boren said the Saints “came into their own” in the fourth quarter, holding the Tigers scoreless and to 10 yards of offense. Down by seven at the start of the period, an 18-yard pass from Tez Goldsby to Michael Brooks and a 22-yard field goal by Coy Graham gave St. Clair the winning margin.
The remainer of the Saints’ scoring came from Sequoah Humes on a three-yard run in the first quarter, a three-yard run by Fabian Moody in the second, and a 63-yard rush by Goldsby in the third.
“Sequoah Humes and Tez Goldsby both had huge nights,” Boren said, “and our offensive line played well to give them those kinds of opportunities.”
Pat Green led St. Clair’s defense with 12 tackles, followed by Moody and Nick Busby with 10 each. Daniel Fortner made one interception.
St. Clair Stats
First Downs: 11
Rushing Yards: 376
Passing Yards: 48
Total Yards: 424