George Fields runs wild as Lowell beats Highland
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent September 14, 2012 11:42PM
Updated: October 16, 2012 6:13AM
HIGHLAND — Lowell extended its winning streak over conference rival Highland to 10 with an impressive 42-12 win on Homecoming Night at Highland.
“We knew Highland would come with some fight and they gave us fits early, but our kids settled in and started to run our offense and were able to secure the win,” said Lowell coach Keith Kilmer.
Lowell (3-2, 2-1 NCC) exploded offensively in the second quarter, mainly thanks to the rushing of junior workhorse George Fields. Fields led the way for the Red Devils, rushing 19 times for 169 yards and three touchdowns all in three quarters of action.
Lowell attacked Highland on the ground, gaining a total of 371 yards with a crew of Red Devils ball carriers.
“George did a tremendous job for us, and we were able to find some additional ball carriers in the second half and continue to improve our running game,” Kilmer said.
Highland scored on the first possession of the game with a well-orchestrated offensive attack by senior quarterback Gunner Grider, who took the ball in from 1 yard out. The extra point was blocked for a Highland 6-0 lead.
Lowell answered right back with a drive that started midway through the first quarter and ended seconds into the second when Fields scored from 1 yard out to give Lowell a 7-6 lead.
Lowell capitalized on a costly Highland turnover, recovering a fair catch Highland fumble, when Fields tallied his second touchdown on a strong 7-yard run.
Lowell went to the air late in the second quarter with a Bryan Thomas pass finding Mitchell Leckrone for 7 yards to give the Red Devils the commanding 21-6 halftime lead.
Lowell continued to dominate on the ground in the second half with Fields scoring his third of the game and senior Nick Hamm added two of his own to complete the Lowell scoring.
Highland (1-4, 0-2 NCC) did get another touchdown late in the game when quarterback Gunner Grider scored his second of the evening in the loss.