Eagles provide ‘Classic’ finale by scoring late TD vs. Booker

September 16, 2013

An unidentified Brock defender tries to bring down Booker’s Angel Ramirez in Saturday’s finale of the ninth annual Sammy Baugh Classic. (Photo by Betsy Howe)

In a game that featured the state’s single-season record holder for passing yardage in Class 1A, an unheralded running back from a first-year program came up with the winning touchdown here Saturday.
Leddy French’s 2-yard run broke a 22-22 deadlock with just 19 seconds left to play, giving Brock a 28-22 victory over Booker to end the ninth annual Sammy Baugh Classic.
The result leaves both teams with 2-1 records.
French was responsible for 70 of the 79 yards — all on the ground — on Brock’s winning drive, which ate up more than seven minutes. When Booker finally got the ball back, it was missing star quarterback Hunter Liles, who was hurt during an unsuccessful 2-point run attempt by Brock following French’s go-ahead touchdown. His backup, Tristian Guzman, threw two incompletions before completing a pass on the final play for 24 yards to Jared Reagan — leaving the Kiowas over 50 yards from the end zone.
Liles (19-of-23 passing) completed a 33-yard scor-ing pass to Reagan with 8:04 to play, followed by a 2-point pass to Guzman, to tie the game at 22. He also had a pair of short TD runs in the back-and-forth game, but his fumble near the end of the third quarter was returned 49 yards by Brock’s Titus Gossett for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 22-14 lead, the biggest lead of the game. Earlier, a 5-yard pass from Brock QB Seth Boleman to Gossett on the last play of the first half gave the Eagles a 15-8 lead.

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