LaRue, Leander sprint past Weiss in season opener

The senior racked up 159 yards on just three touches in the first half alone


It's no surprise to any member of the Leander football team just how electrifying Addison LaRue can be.

So when the Lions' running back scored two long-distance touchdowns and led the team season-opening 23-3 win against Weiss on Thursday night, it was just another day at the office.

"We call him (Christian) McCaffrey," Leander head coach Tim Smith said. "Something happens every time he touches the ball. He does it all and he's fun to watch."

It was Leander's first win in a season opener since 2015.

LaRue's first score came on a 69-yard pitch from quarterback Rashad Carter early in the second quarter. He scored again on the very next possession, hauling in an 89-yard pass from Carter on the first play of the drive.

He amassed 159 yards in the first half, on just three touches.

Matthew McDaniel scored on a nine-yard rush to open the scoring. Weiss kicked a 38-yard field goal on its second drive before LaRue's offensive explosion. 
Eli Gehman added a field goal for Leander in the second half.

"I like a lot of the stuff we did tonight," Smith said. "We change our offense to create a culture of physicality and grinding out games and that's what they did tonight."

The Lions threw just three passes all night.

Carter returned to the starting quarterback role after missing most of last season with an injured hand but didn't lose a step, rushing for more than 75 yards.

"When he's healthy, he's pretty dynamic, and he makes great decisions," Smith said. "When you have a guy like him who makes great decisions, you have a good offense."

Defensively, Leander limited the Wolves' rushing attack to just 57 yards.

The Lions host former district foe Pflugerville at Bible Stadium next Friday night at 7 p.m. before beginning District 13-6A at home against Stony Point on Sept. 14.

"I know our guys, and all of our players are physical players, so I'm fond of them that way," Smith said. "A win is a win, but we've got to go to work for a tough opponent next week."

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