Football: The Highlanders use running game to finish off West Brook

By: Ryan Musich, Woodlands Online Sports
| Published 10/13/2017

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas---Two of District 12-6A’s finest met at Woodforest Stadium Thursday night as The West Brook Bruins came into town to do battle against The Woodlands Highlanders. The Highlanders took this one 35-21.

The Highlanders were without a key piece to their offense, as Wide Receiver KeSean Carter missed the contest due to a nagging groin injury.

The first half was a solid half for both teams. You could tell that The Highlanders offense was not looking to throw down field often, but Quinton Johnson put together a decent stat line. Johnson had 57 yards on eight attempts while completing four of those attempts.

The Woodlands bread and butter though was in the ground game. The Highlanders two-headed monster of Bryeton Gilford and Lucas Summers chewed up some yards for The Woodlands. West Brook’s offense, on the other hand, had an exceptional first half as well.

Quarterback La’Ravien Elia had a monstrous first half both through the air and on the ground.

West Brook’s offense came out strong in the second half. Elia continued to chop up the Highlander Defensive Line, and Running Back James Jones began to make his presence known, as Jones was very quiet in the first half. But quickly, The Woodlands did not let The Bruins gain momentum as Summers and Quinton Johnson would move The Highlanders down-field on multiple possessions.

The Woodlands also capitalized on West Brook turnovers. The beneficiaries of those turnovers were the running backs. The run that sealed the deal for The Highlanders was a 40-yard touchdown run from Gilford to put the Highlanders up 35-21.

The Woodlands continued to get stops on defense, and run down the clock on offense, and come out with a win. The Highlanders stay tied for first place in district and keep their momentum rolling on the season.

The Player of the Game this evening was Linebacker Jackson Shearer with 16 tackles on the game. Shearer was a true playmaker for The Highlanders defense.

Join us next week, as The Woodlands meets back at Woodforest Stadium for a face-off against district rival Oak Ridge. That game will be sponsored by Fair Claims Roofing and Construction, while replays will be sponsored by The Woodlands Dental Group.

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