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George Fields carries four yards for first down| Shane Cleminson/For Sun-Times Media

George Fields carries four yards for a first down| Shane Cleminson/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 15, 2013 7:31AM



Lowell — Lowell and Griffith provided big plays Friday.

There were two kickoff returns for touchdowns and a 61-yard touchdown run.

And that was just in the first half.

Tyler Hopkins and George Fields had two rushing touchdowns, leading Lowell to a 45-14 victory.

“We’re trying to get everybody on track. We were able to do some of the new wrinkles we put in and have some success,” Lowell coach Keith Kilmer said. “We started to hit the hole. Our running backs started to hit the hole. The linemen started giving it to them and that’s the key to our success.”

Hopkins had the first big play of the game. The junior raced 47 yards and dove to reach Griffith’s 1. Lowell (2-2) rewarded Hopkins by giving him the ball again on the next play and he scored on a 1-yard run.

“The key was hitting the hole hard. The offensive line did a great job. It’s just running the ball hard,” Hopkins said.

A 20-yard run by quarterback Kyle Buikema set up Griffith’s (1-3) first score. Justin Green capped the drive with a 10-yard run for a touchdown.

And then came some major explosions.

Isaac James took the ensuing kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. Lowell then kicked the ball off to James, who returned it 95 yards for a touchdown.

It didn’t take long for Lowell to reclaim the lead. Lowell went 75 yards on four plays. Joshua Bottos scored on a 61-yard run for the go-ahead touchdown.

Griffith’s next drive ended with a fumble. Lowell made a 34-yard field goal to extend the lead to 24-14.

Lowell kept the quick strikes coming in the second half. Hopkins ran 49 yards on the Red Devils’ first play of scrimmage in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

For good measure, Fields added touchdown runs of 67 and 95 yards in the fourth quarter.

“I love seeing a hole open,” Fields said. “I can make my cuts and break off of that. It feels really good.”

And with that, Lowell won its second straight.

“It’s great to get back to .500,” Kilmer said. “And better than that, we are 2-0 in the conference.”



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