Leechburg takes advantage of turnovers
In a wild game that included 10 turnovers, Leechburg prevailed over Wilkinsburg 27-14, on Friday night.
Jacob Iellimo led Leechburg with seven receptions for 123 yards, including two touchdowns. His first score came late in the first half, and he reached the end zone again early in the fourth quarter to put the Blue Devils up by 21.
Leechburg coach Mark Adams praised his sophomore receiver, saying, "He's a gamer; he stepped up big for us. I can't say enough about him"
Although Iellimo shined, the Blue Devils' offense mostly struggled, committing four turnovers.
"We were pressing on offense," Adams said. "I was trying to settle them down and tell them to play through their mental mistakes."
Leechburg compensated for those mistakes by forcing Wilkinsburg into committing six turnovers. The Blue Devils intercepted three passes, and Bowe Myers recovered two fumbles, including one in the end zone for a touchdown.
Wilkinsburg scored a defensive touchdown of its own when Desjuan White picked up a fumble and ran 80 yards.
But the Tigers struggled to sustain any drives until the fourth quarter, when quarterback Glenn Campbell began finding his explosive playmakers, Rasheed Howard and Robert Taylor.
Taylor pulled in six passes for 64 yards — in addition to his interception and fumble recovery. Howard paced Wilkinsburg with six catches for 127 yards.
Leechburg quarterback James Dunmire completed 9 of 12 passes for 137 yards, and he also scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.
Adam believes Leechburg's performance last night could serve as a building block for the program.
"We were tough at home, where we won three of our four games this season," he said. "To be successful, you have to protect home field and string wins together. We started doing that for the first time in a long time"