Rookies get first taste of action, capitalize in preseason opener
Geneva, Ill. - A new season brought new faces to the Leyden squad, but all were welcomed early and often as the Lions started their 2013 campaign with a 27-0 shutout win over the Fox Valley Eagles Saturday night.
First year quarterback Timothy Collins was impressive in his first start, connecting on three passes for 101 yards before being subbed out for backup quarterback Alex Berbakov in the second half. Collins was particularly impressive during the game's first drive, leading his team downfield in just over three minutes for a touchdown. Collins capped the drive with a 34-yard pass to fellow rookie Corrice Burns in the corner of the end zone to take the lead.
"We've got a lot of individual athletes that have the potential to create a positive team chemistry," said Leyden head coach Jose Rodriguez. "We picked up Tim who has got a great arm. He's a great addition, and with the depth we now have with our top four or five receivers, we can spread the field. Before we couldn't play the whole field."