PARMA — When two players are clicking the way Marshon Lattimore and Quan Robinson Jr. were Friday night, they can be tough to stop.
The duo teamed up to push Glenville past Highland 41-13 in a Division II state semifinal at Byers Field and send the Tarbloooders to their second state championship game.
Robinson and Lattimore hooked up on four of Glenville’s (13-1) six touchdowns, as the Highland (13-1) secondary was no match for the lightning-fast Lattimore.
“We knew what our highest percentage pass was,” Lattimore said. “And that is the deep ball. “We perfected it today.”
Lattimore, who will visit Ohio State on Dec. 13 and has multiple scholarship offers from several Division I college programs, including Alabama, got behind the Hornets defense on multiple occasions.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior burned Highland on a 55-yard touchdown just 33 second into the third quarter and a 56-yarder to provide the dagger in the fourth quarter.
The 55-yard bomb snapped a 13-13 score after Highland had rallied to tie the game heading into intermission and seized momentum.
“In the locker room we pulled the offensive line off to the side and told them that this was a game,” Robinson said. “We told them that they weren’t just going to lay down for us. We have to battle all night. When we come out we have to get a score, and we came out and got that score.”
After watching the Highland secondary struggle last week on deep routes against Avon, the fade, fly and deep post were a big part of the Tarblooders’ game plan coming in.
“We knew that all along,” Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr. said. “We knew we could run, too. Between running the ball and throwing it out of the two tights, we knew we could do that if they went single coverage outside. We didn’t do it in the first half, but we knew we were going to do it in the second half.”
Robinson and Lattimore looked to see how the safety lined up on Lattimore’s side prior to the snap on each play. They waited for the right defensive alignment to do some improvisation.
“Marshon and I talked and I said that if the safety cheats down, we’re going to take a shot,” Robinson said. “We called a lot of our plays and we were on the same page. I have been playing with him since I was 10 years old. When it comes down to it, I know he’s going to make a play for me.”
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