Host of junior Rebs in on scoring action
With six different players being utilized on scoring plays, the junior Rebels are starting to become a complete offensive team.
Not having to rely on quarterback Avery Johnson for all of their points, Highland beat the junior Warriors 36-8 at Westside on Sept. 15.
Freshman running back Kevin French started the junior Reb drive with an 8-yard gain and finished it with a 7-yard touchdown run. Johnson hit Deon Stewart on the 31-yard quick pass to setup the score. The 2-point conversion was not successful leaving the score at 6-0.
Westside drove 43 yards on 10 plays, but couldn't convert the fourth-and-11 giving the junior Rebs the ball back at the Highland 15.
A junior Rebel fumble on first down gave the ball to the junior Warriors at the 13, but the Highland defense only allowed five yards on four plays.
Johnson rushed for 33 yards on three plays and threw a 20-yard pass to Brody Ninemire, an 18-yard pass to Stewart and a 21-yard touchdown pass to Spenser Stowers.
Then he hit Jake Burton for the 2-point conversion and a 14-0 lead at 5:22 in the second.
Highland recovered a Westside fumble at the junior Warrior 29 and two plays later, Ninemire ran in from 18 yards out.
Johnson added the conversion to extend the lead to 22-0.
The junior Reb defense stopped the junior Warriors on their second half opening drive getting the ball at the Westside 29.
Eighth-grader Trace French swept to the left for 15 yards on first down and bullied his way up the middle for a 14-yard TD.
Ninemire rushed in for the conversion and a 30-0 score.
Westside finally put together a complete drive as they drove 72 yards on 15 plays for their only score to make it 30-8 with 5:19 left to play in the game.
The junior Reb offense responded with their own 65-yard, eight-play drive that concluded with eight-grade quarterback Brent Haskins slicing in for a 4-yard score to complete the scoring.
Haskins led the team with 44 yards rushing on three carries.
Johnson added four carries for 39 yards to go with four-of-four for 90 yards passing.
Stewart had two catches for 49 yards.
Highland (3-0) will travel to Brookland on Sept. 22.