Football: Highland starts fast, outlasts West Side
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent October 26, 2012 11:32PM
Updated: November 28, 2012 6:12AM
HIGHLAND — Highland held off a furious 22-point, fourth-quarter rally by West Side with 20 fourth-quarter points of its own and downed the Cougars 41-34 Friday.
The Trojans rushed for 411 yards, led by La’Tice Brooks’ 226 yards on 40 carries and two touchdowns. Matt Holl chipped in with 137 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown and Gunner Grider ran for three touchdowns, including one on 46-yard on-side kick return.
The Trojans got on the board first with a 15-play, 66-yard drive that took 8:12, capped off by a Brooks 7-yard run. Brooks accounted for 52 yards on 11 carries on the drive.
The Trojans took a 13-0 lead with 9:46 left before the half on a 1-yard run by Grider. The big play on the drive was a 71-yard run by Holl, giving the Trojans a first and goal at the 9. Grider’s second TD run from 12 yards out and the Brooks two-point run gave the Trojans a 21-0 lead at the half.
The Cougars made it interesting in the third quarter, cutting the Trojans lead to 21-12 with an 18-yard Lonnie Johnson run. Ramone Atkins hooked up with Jon Vea’ Johnson from 98 yards with 18 seconds left in the quarter. Both tries for two failed.
A Brooks 61-yard TD run followed by an Atkins-to-CT Thompson 46-yard pass made it 28-20 with 10:33 left. A Holl 23-yard run and a Grider return of an onside kick sandwiched an Atkins 1-yard quarterback sneak, and the Trojans led 41-26 with 2:45 left.
Atkins threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Jon Vea’ Johnson had 177 yards on five catches.