The game was scoreless with 15 seconds left in the first half. Raytron Leak's Edmondson squad faced fourth-and-30. His hamstring was killing him. So was the Walbrook defense.
Yet, even on one of his worst days, Leak showed why so many Division I programs are after him, as his 70-yard score on a pass from Eddie Colbert -- Colbert's 10th of the year -- stood up for a 6-0 win and career victory No. 175 for 25th-year coach Pete Pompey yesterday.
"I was supposed to sprint straight out, but Eddie got hit as he was throwing the ball, and the ball was kind of thrown under," said Leak, a 6-foot, 230-pounder with 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash.
"So, I just cut back to the middle, reached out and caught it," he said. "My defender was playing me too close and inside, and when I cut in, Eddie had laid it out right there. I was able to get into the end zone."
The win raised the 11th-ranked defending City West Division champions' record to 5-0, 2-0, as the Warriors slipped to 3-2, 1-1.
Leak plays under the scrutiny of his older brother, Reggie, who helped Walbrook win the league title in 1997.
"It's a rivalry," said Raytron Leak, his brother by his side. "Now he knows who the real champs are."
Brave words for a player who had been taking a beating along with the rest of his teammates. Walbrook's defense was awesome against a team that had averaged 40.5 points entering the game, as Edmondson totaled only 21 of its 101 total yards on the ground.
Before the play, Leak had rushed for zero yards on three carries (he finished with 11 yards on seven carries), and Colbert was 0-for-2 passing, having been sacked three times for minus-16 yards. Redskins receiver Justus McLeod, who has caught six of Colbert's 10 TD passes, had no receptions.
Kenny Fountain, a 6-foot, 235-pounder, led the way for Walbrook with nine tackles, four of them solo, and a sack. Ry'nn Spencer (6-2, 190) had eight tackles and a sack, followed by 6-3, 230-pound George Washington (five tackles) and 6-4, 215-pound Lamont Cole (four tackles).
Cory DeVille had a sack, and Mike Gaines recovered a fumble.
"We kept him [Leak] inside, didn't let him get going. I don't think their quarterback had been sacked as many times as he was today," Washington said. "We gained some respect, but we didn't win."
Edmondson got blocked punts from Anthony Tucker and Tavon Williams and an interception from Jamiah Green. Tucker recovered two fumbles, including one with 1: 49 to play that was hotly disputed as it ended Walbrook's final possession at its 39.
Officials ruled Spencer had dropped the ball after a 12-yard reception, "But I got it back," said Spencer.
"I knocked it out of his hands and snatched it away," Tucker said. "Believe me, I got it. We just dug down deep, defensively, when we had to."
Walbrook's offense (175 total yards) hurt itself too often with penalties.
Pub Date: 10/02/99