October 21, 2014

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Tarblooders take control in second half

Highland running back Alex Harris splits Glenville defenders Lorenzo Burgess (74) and Anthony Henderson during a run in the fourth quarter. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

 

Albert Grindle

The Gazette

PARMA — The season the Highland football players will remember for the rest of their lives is over.

The Hornets had Glenville on the ropes at halftime after rallying from a two-touchdown hole in a Division II state semifinal at Byers Field. The school of thought was this was exactly what they needed to do to ultimately get the job done.

It turned out to be the opposite, as the Tarblooders used all their big names to pull away for a 41-13 victory.

Glenville (13-1) will face Loveland in next week’s championship game, while Highland finished 13-1 after having its 17-game win streak snapped.

“We knew (Glenville) was a great football team,” Hornets quarterback Bruce Kinsey said. “They played well in the second half. We knew that it was definitely a winnable game, but we had to come out and play our game. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out that way.”

Led by future Ohio State Buckeye or Alabama Crimson Tide receiver Marshon Lattimore (6 receptions, 161 yards, 4 TDs), the Tarblooders scored 28 unanswered points on three Quan Robinson Jr. TD passes to Lattimore and an interception return for a touchdown by nationally rated safety Erick Smith.

The Hornets were held to a season-low 187 yards on 59 snaps and were 3-for-14 on third down, but rallied from a 13-0 hole in the second quarter when Kinsey threw touchdown passes to Cory Moncol and Alex Harris sandwiched around a Luke Allen onside kick that was recovered by Manny Dela Cerna.

What the Hornets couldn’t do consistently well enough was take away the Tarblooders’ ground-and-pound running game. The three-pronged attack of Devon Anderson (21 carries, 95 yards, TD), Indiana recruit Devine Redding (9, 35) and Robinson (4, 42; 9-for-13 passing, 217 yards, 4 TDs) averaged just 4.2 yards per carry, but forced Highland safeties Collin Paich and Blake Phelps near the box to ensure one-on-one coverage against Lattimore.

“It was tough because we didn’t know if they were going to give it to (Anderson) — he’s a great player — or if they were going to go over top,” said outside linebacker James Friedl, who had a game-high 14 tackles. “We had to respect both of those.”

The results were devastating.

It didn’t matter who was guarding Lattimore or what the coverage was, as the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder’s TDs covered 8, 55, 5 and 56 yards. The first came on third-and-6, the second was on the second play of the second half, the third was on fourth-and-goal and the fourth was the proverbial golden spike on the track to the title game.

“If you look at it like track, you always want one horse,” Tarblooders coach Ted Ginn Sr. said. “In football, you need a horse, and that’s him.”

Meanwhile, Highland’s vaunted read-option was virtually taken away by linebackers Terrell Goss (10 tackles) and Justice Hart (9). The Hornets were stopped behind the line of scrimmage seven times, gained less than 3 yards on 18 of their 35 carries and had only one of them go for more than 10 yards with the outcome still in doubt.

Kinsey finished 10-for-24 through the air for 111 yards, and both touchdowns were wide open. Moncol beat a defender on third-and-15 with a double-move to cap a 13-play drive, while Harris snuck out of the backfield down the Highland sideline for just his fifth reception of the year.

But those passing lanes were completely shut down the rest of the game, as Kinsey was 4-for-10 for just 31 yards in the second half. Highland moved into Glenville territory down 27-13 as the third quarter ended, but Tarblooders linebacker Milen Golden beat his man inside and pressured Kinsey into throwing the interception to Smith that he promptly took 59 yards to paydirt.

“They just made plays,” Highland two-way lineman Myles Houska said. “That’s what the game of football ultimately comes down to. Whatever team makes the bigger plays usually comes out on top.”

Even with the lopsided final score, things could have been much worse if the Hornets hadn’t gained their composure in the second quarter.

Glenville came out firing by forcing two Highland three-and-outs and scoring on 8-yard touchdowns by Anderson and Lattimore. Things teetered on desperation for the Hornets when they failed on third down again, but the game’s complexion changed when Glenville roughed punter Moncol on fourth-and-21 to keep the drive alive.

Highland gained further momentum when Kinsey gained 6 yards on fourth-and-1 to set up Moncol’s touchdown. Allen then pooched a kickoff that bounced dangerously close to the sideline before the speedy Dela Cerna beat two Tarblooders to the spot.

From there, Highland needed just six plays and 2:06 to cover 37 yards, and another fourth-and-short conversion allowed for Harris’ score.

“It took us a few drives to get our nerves settled down because it’s our first run at this type of game,” Houska said.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, they couldn’t sustain the momentum — or contain Lattimore — coming out of the locker room, as Glenville outgained them 229-54 in the second half.

The tears were flowing during coach Tom Lombardo’s postgame speech, but the school’s first regional championship, fourth Suburban League title and fourth undefeated regular season give a talented junior class something to shoot for in 2014.

That was the message from Friedl, whose postgame composure stood out.

“This whole run has been a great experience,” he said. “I know I’m not feeling much of it right now, but I’m sure looking back they will be great memories for the rest of our lives. Playing with all these guys has been great. I’m ecstatic we got to go this far.

“It was a lot of fun. We’re all thankful to get to play that type of talent.”

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

Glenville 41, Highland 13

HIGHLAND                                   0  13  0  0  —  13

GLENVILLE                              13  0  14  14  —  41

First

G — Devon Anderson 8 run (Tallis Jones-Washington kick). 7:53.

G — Marshon Lattimore 8 pass from Quan Robinson Jr. (kick blocked), 2:44.

Second

H — Cory Moncol 21 pass from Bruce Kinsey (kick failed), 10:25.

H — Alex Harris 18 pass from Kinsey (Luke Allen kick), 8:19.

Third

G — Lattimore 55 pass from Robinson (Jones-Washington kick), 11:27.

G — Lattimore 5 pass from Robinson (Jones-Washington kick), 1:03.

Fourth

G — Erick Smith 59 interception return (Jones-Washington kick), 11:18.

G — Lattimore 56 pass from Robinson (Jones-Washington kick), 8:40.

                                                            H                  G

First downs                                      12                 17

By rush                                                5                 10

By pass                                               5                   7

By penalty                                           2                   0

Rushing                                        35/76         44/184

Rushing average                             2.2                4.2

Passing                                        10/24             9/13

Passing yards                                111               217

Avg. per attempt                            4.6              16.7

Avg. per completion                    11.1              24.1

Total plays/yards                    59/187         57/401

Avg. gain per play                          3.2                7.0

Punting                                       6/25.7          3/26.3

Time of possession                   22:15            25:45

Third-down conversions            3/14             8/12

Fourth-down conversions            2/3               0/0

Penalties                                        4/31           10/85

Fumbles/lost                                  1/1               1/1

HIGHLAND

Rushing

Name                              No.    Yds.     Avg.      TD

Harris                                 12        43        3.6          0

Kinsey                                 23        33        1.4          0

Receiving

Name                              No.    Yds.     Avg.      TD

Moncol                                 5        54      10.8          1

Coltin Kinsey                       2        25      12.0          0

Harris                                   1        18      18.0          1

Conor McCune                   2        14        7.0          0

Passing

Name                            Com      Att      Pct     Yds                                      TD-INT

Kinsey                                 10        24      .417      111                                     2-1

Tackles: James Friedl 14, Blake Phelps 7, Myles Houska 6, Jonny Zaz 6, Nick Corvo 4, Collin Paich 4, Grant Wallace 4, Tyler Frederick 3, C. Kinsey 2, Nick Haas, B. Kinsey, Dan McCartney, Moncol.

Tackles for loss: Corvo, Houska, Frederick, Friedl.

Fumble caused: Houska.

Fumbles recovered: Manny Del Cerna, Wallace.

GLENVILLE

Rushing

Name                              No.    Yds.     Avg.      TD

Anderson                           21        95        4.5          1

Robinson                             4        42      10.5          0

Devine Redding                  9        35        3.9          0

Christopher Lavette           5          9        1.8          0

Devontae Houston             3          5        1.7          0

Lattimore                             1        -1      -1.0          0

Marcus Drish                       1        -1      -1.0          0

Receiving

Name                              No.    Yds.     Avg.      TD

Lattimore                             6      161      26.8          4

Tre’von Story                      1        39      39.0          0

Smith                                    2        17        8.5          0

Passing

Name                            Com      Att      Pct     Yds                                      TD-INT

Robinson                             9        13      .692      217                                     4-0

Tackles: Terrell Goss 10, Justice Hart 9, Smith 6, Milen Golden 5, Darius Lewis 4, Zacchaeus McKnight 4, Aaron Ivory 2, Lattimore 2, Marquise Lewis 2, Erik Simpson 2, Story 2, Anthony Henderson 1, Marcelys Jones 1, Falonte Jackson.

Tackles for loss: Golden 2, Goss 2, Henderson, McKnight, Story.

Sacks: Golden, Goss.

Fumble caused: Jackson.

Fumble recovery: Jackson.