MONROE – Few teams have been as impressive in this young high school football season as the Leo Lions.
A 42-0 road victory Friday night over the Adams Central Flying Jets kept the Lions, ranked 14th in Class 4A, unbeaten at 3-0.
Theyve outscored their opponents 128-6.
This win, which was highlighted by junior running back Logan Leiters 165 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, came against the previously unbeaten No. 9 team in Class A, albeit one that was missing an important piece.
Senior quarterback Cooper Hill suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 26-13 victory Aug. 30 at Union County, putting the offense squarely on the shoulders of freshman Andrew Hammond.
Its unfortunate, Leo coach Jared Sauder said. You just feel horrible for a kid like (Hill). We know how that feels because we lost (receiver) Rance Harris in Week 1 to an ACL. It stinks. It stinks for them and for that kid. But thats football sometimes.
Hammond completed 3 of 8 passes for 19 yards and was intercepted twice, one of which was returned 38 yards by senior Chandler Fields to complete the scoring.
About the only bright spot for the Flying Jets (2-1) was senior Kyle Baker, who got 46 yards on 13 carries.
Theyre a good football team, and they have a tradition. They play physical and are well coached. You know you are going to get a great effort from them every football game, Sauder said of the Flying Jets.
Adams Central had some execution problems against the stout Leo defense. Hammonds first snap resulted in a false start and a third-down quarterback scramble was snuffed out in the backfield by sophomore linebacker Austin Rinker.
(The quarterback change) didnt have a big impact on us, Leiter said. We just had to take care of our assignments, play our game.
Leo took over, after a punt, at the Adams Central 28-yard line and four plays later got a 5-yard touchdown run from quarterback Jordan Hissong, a junior, for a 7-0 lead with 6:29 remaining in the first quarter.
Late in the first quarter Baker had a 13-yard run up the middle, but a sack by Leo senior Logan Wood forced a fumble. That set up a 28-yard touchdown run by Leiter on the first play of the second quarter for a 14-0 lead.
My linemen set great blocks for me, opened up holes for me, Leiter said.
On the Lions next drive, Leiter rattled off a 55-yard touchdown run for a 21-0 lead.
Hissongs 17-yard touchdown pass to senior Matt Lichti – immediately after a Hissong touchdown run was negated by a holding call – put the game out of reach at 28-0 with 3:43 remaining in the first half. It was his only completion, though he rushed for 30 yards.
Wood rushed five times for 52 yards and a touchdown.