Bryeton Gilford and Highlanders hand Oak Ridge first loss of the season
THE WOODLANDS, TX-- The battle of the district 12-6A unbeaten was underway at Woodforest Bank Stadium Friday night as the Oak Ridge War Eagles played host to The Woodlands Highlanders.
The War Eagles saw their third starting quarterback under center when junior Blaine Romero was given the nod. Former starter quarterback, and Woodlands Online Athlete of the Week, Reinard Britz was suited up on the sideline but apparently still dealing with an injury. Another previous starter Bishop Durst saw some action at defensive back for the War Eagles. While Romero was able to find some success finding wideout Darrius Jelks for a couple of big first downs, it was the play of Quinton Johnson for the Highlanders that stole the show.
The Highlanders jumped to a quick 21-7 lead going into halftime. In place for the injured Quinn Binney, Quinton Johnson was named the starter for the third week in a row. Johnson had Texas Tech commit Kesean Carter back from a groin injury that caused him to miss last week’s win against West Brook. With Carter back in the lineup, it was receiver Connor Klapesky finishing his first half with 106 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore running back Bryeton Gilford added to the Highlanders explosive offense with 94 yards and two touchdowns and named our Player of the Game for his performance.
The second half opened with a 90-yard drive for the Highlanders, capped off by Quinton Johnson finding a wide-open Zayne Watson for a 24-yard score. Johnson finished his night with 315 total yards and two touchdowns. Early in the fourth quarter, Highlanders up by 28, junior quarterback Casey Sunseri dove for the pylon for a 10-yard touchdown to extend the Highlanders lead to 42-7. On the ensuing drive, Romero found Tanner Lacy for a 59-yard touchdown to attempt to end the War Eagles offensive struggles. With a little over two minutes remaining, the Highlander defense added to the scoring as Kyle Trauffler intercepts Romero and returns it 83-yards for the touchdown.
The Highlanders move to 3-0 in district play while Oak Ridge suffers first loss of the season to bring their record to 3-1. The Highlanders will host the Conroe Tigers next Friday Oct. 27 at Woodforest Bank Stadium while Oak Ridge will travel to Lufkin and attempt to bounce back after their first loss of the season.