John I. Leonard 35, Santaluces 32: Lancers run past Chiefs
Saturday, October 09, 2010
by Bill Meredith
Santaluces was a surprise District 12-5A winner last season, but Friday night, John I. Leonard served notice that they could be the team to beat in 2010.
Senior running back Marlin Joseph rushed for 216 yards and scored two touchdowns as John I. Leonard built a 23-point halftime lead and held on to win 35-32.
"They're a tough group," Santaluces' second-year coach Daryl Drinkwater said. "They always play hard against us, and we knew that would especially be the case in a district opener."
The Chiefs (3-3, 0-1) started fast, as senior all-purpose player - and Wisconsin commit - Terrance Floyd returned the game's first punt 67 yards to the Lancers' 4-yard line.
Sophomore running back Artez Fulton scored on the next play to give Santaluces an early lead, but it would be the only lead they'd hold.
Joseph gained 198 yards for the Lancers (3-3, 1-0) in the first half, which included both of his touchdown runs and an 84-yard sprint that led to junior running back Donovan Miller's 5-yard touchdown carry.
Lancers senior quarterback Travis Lee was an efficient 6-for-11 for 51 yards. He completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end James Steere to extend John I. Leonard's lead to 35-12 near the end of the first half.
Santaluces didn't quit despite the halftime deficit. The Chiefs dominated the second half, turning a one-sided game into a nail-biter in the final seconds.
The Chiefs' most consistent offensive threat was junior quarterback Munchkin Young, who ran for 138 yards and threw for 144 more, including two touchdowns. Yet he also threw an interception, and was sacked as time expired to end Santaluces' comeback bid.