Alec Chessari, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Godby’s explosive run game and defense lead them to their first win of the season over Leon.
Godby was 0-2 before their Friday night win. They went on the road and played Thompson, a tough Alabama school, as well Niceville, a perennial powerhouse. Godby came into Gene Cox stadium tonight with a different attitude. Their running backs were explosive and their defense was ready for Leon’s offense. The result was a 14-10 victory for Godby.
“We want to play those top caliber teams early in the season so we can expose our weaknesses,” said Godby head coach Todd Lanter.
Godby’s defense came up huge, holding Leon to under 250 total yards. They only let Leon (2-1) throw for 15 yards in the first half. Leon’s first two drives ended in punts, Jonathan Everett came in with a big tackle for a five yard loss on 2nd down, and Kean Thomas came up with an interception late in the third quarter to get Godby fans up on their feet.
“I think we got a really good defense, we have some guys that can run and we also have smart and physical players so we are pretty good on defense,” said Lanter.
Godby’s defense held Leon to punts on their first couple of possessions. Then, Leon defensive end Jalen Sheffield picked off Godby quarterback Kevin Shuler. This allowed for Leon to get their kicker into field goal range. Jack Driggers nailed a 36-yard field goal to give them the 3-0 lead with 6:40 left in the second quarter.
Samondre Johnson came up big tonight against a good Leon defense. He rushed for over 100 yards, including a 23-yard breakthrough for a touchdown. Shuler had 78 passing yards including a 29-yard dime to Michael Hudson on a 4th down for the score with 1:23 left in the first half. That gave Godby a 7-3 lead going into halftime. Samondre Johnson had 60 rushing yards going into the half. In the second half he still had momentum flowing, rushing for over 40 yards and a touchdown late in the 3rd quarter that put them up 14-3.
“Samondre Johnson is just getting back into physical playing condition and you are going to see great things from him this season,” said coach Lanter.
Godby is now (1-2) on the season and will be playing Rockledge high school for their first home game of the season. Kickoff will be at 7:00pm.