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