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Prep Football: Liberty-Eylau earns first win, 36-14, over Atlanta

by Brian Tyl, Texarkana Gazette | September 15, 2023 at 11:30 p.m.
Liberty-Eylau's Jaquan Johnson runs the ball against Atlanta on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, in Atlanta, Texas. (Photo by JD for the Texarkana Gazette)

ATLANTA, Texas -- Liberty-Eylau hit its mark in all phases of the game and, behind Greg London's 171 yards of rushing, earned its first win of the season with a 36-14 victory over Atlanta in a rivalry varsity football game Friday at Rabbit Stadium.

The Leopards scored 28 unanswered points, which began when London found the end zone from five yards out with 7:39 to go in the third to knot the game at 14-all.

London scored his third touchdown of the game on a 10-yard scamper as he shuffled from left to right and broke free with 6:16 left in the third. Cameron Hadaway, who did a little bit of everything in the game, ran in the 2-point conversion and Liberty-Eylau took its first lead of the game up 22-14.

Hadaway played special teams, defense and offense and had two sacks for the Leopards.

L-E quarterback Britain Pipes had a 3-yard TD run and Pipes booted in the PAT to pad the Leopards' lead, 29-14, with 1:22 remaining in the third.

Hadaway put the game away on a 5-yard touchdown run and Pipes kicked in the point after to make it 36-14 with 8:53 left in the fourth.

The Liberty-Eylau defense limited the Rabbits to just 120 yards of offense -- 100 passing and 20 rushing.

Atlanta quarterback Peyton Harrison connected with Marquavion Owens and Owens sped to the right side and was off to 6-point land on a 94-yard catch, run and score. Markeylin Batton ran in the 2-pointer to give the Rabbits an early 8-0 lead with 9:26 in the second quarter.

Neither team scored in the first quarter although Atlanta made the first big play when Marquavious Richardson recovered an onside kick for the Rabbits off the very first play of the game.

London scored his first touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run and teammate Pipes ran in the 2-point conversion to knot the game up at 8-all with 5:07 to go until halftime.

Atlanta regained the lead right after halftime when Batton swung out wide right and blazed to the end zone on an 82-yard kickoff return to make it 14-8 early in the third. The score would be the Rabbits' last points of the game.

Liberty-Eylau running back Jaquan Johnson finished with 56 yards on just eight carries, helping the Leopards amass 312 total yards on the ground.

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