During the 1980s the Leto Falcons couldn't come away with a win against the Hillsborough Terriers. But this is a new decade.
Leto broke a 10-game losing streak to the Terriers by defeating them 24-21 Friday night in a Class 5A, District 8 game.
"I was very happy with our offensive game plan," said Leto coach Alex Albert. "We went to our air attack and we did a good job executing. Our offensive line also did a great job of pass protection."
The Falcons jumped out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead and appeared ready to run away from the Terriers.
After a David Vance interception gave the Falcons the ball at their own 40, they went to work. Using a balanced attack, Leto put together a 9-play, 60-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown by running back Juan Hartsfield. The extra-point attempt was missed, but the Falcons had a 6-0 lead.
Leto scored on its second straight possession at 1:44 in the first quarter when Vance caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derrick Stewart. The score was set up on a 44-yard pass reception by Kevin Burns.
The Terriers' defense shut down the Falcons in the second quarter, holding them to a minus-9 yards offense. Hillsborough quarterback Tony Watson completed 3 of 3 passes for 38 yards, including a one for 6 yards to Kevin Abrams to move the Terriers to within 13-7 at halftime.
The Terriers continued to make a comeback by blocking a Falcon punt early in the third quarter. Tyvan Sunday picked up the loose ball and ran 20 yards for a touchdown. Jose Almazan's extra point gave the Terriers a 14-13 lead.
The Falcons wasted no time in regaining the lead for good.