Cahokia could not even hope to contain Highland’s Andrew Winning, let alone stop him, as the Bulldogs’ senior running back shredded the undisciplined Comanches with a dazzling display on the ground en route to leading his team to a 45-8 victory.
After falling behind briefly 8-7 with 4:43 left in the first quarter, it was all Highland after that as the Bulldogs reeled off 38 straight points to close out the one-sided game.
Winning finished the game with 231 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries. He galloped for scoring runs of 10, 2, 15, 24 and 8 yards.
“Our offensive line up front tonight were beasts tonight,” said Highland coach Jimmy Warnecke. “Andrew Winning did what we know he can do tonight. He ran really hard. What I talked about with him was running hard, not dancing but running with a physical style.”
In the first half, Highland sophomore quarterback Garrett Marti had 65 yards rushing and added a 12-yard TD run.
Other than giving up a 70-yard touchdown pass, Highland’s defense pitched a shutout.
Before being injured late in the third quarter on a helmet-to-helmet hit, Highland senior linebacker Sam Teipe intercepted two Cahokia passes deep in the Comanches’ end of the field to set up Bulldog touchdowns.
Bulldog senior kicker Zeke Kaufman hit a 43-yard field goal and converted five of six extra points.
HIGHLAND COACH SAYS
“We knew we couldn’t match their speed and athleticism, not this year, so it was about being physical,” Warnecke said. “Being physical, that’s the type of team we are this year. We pride ourselves on it, we have since the start, and I think our physicality slowed them down a little bit. And we were disciplined, that was another key tonight. We didn’t have one penalty in the second half and I was glad to see that. We didn’t make mistakes ... The defense bent but didn’t break. I thought the defense played passionate football out there tonight.”
CAHOKIA HURTS ITSELF
The Comanches committed eight penalties in the first half alone. Cahokia also had the two interceptions to go along with several bad snaps that cost them key yardage to help stall drives.
Winning put Highland on top first with a 10-yard dash to cap off a seven play, 78 yard drive to open the game.
Cahokia responded with a 70-yard touchdown strike from junior quarterback Wayne Grant Jr. to senior Tyran Lyons.
Kaufman gave the Bulldogs the lead for good with a 43-yard field goal with 3:17 remaining in the first half.
Winning sandwiched TD runs of 2 and 15 yards around Marti’s QB keeper for a score to stake Highland to a 31-8 halftime lead as the Bulldogs kept pouring it on.
Winning then scored from 24 yards out in 3:08 to play in the third quarter and the completed the scoring with his fifth TD of the night, an 8-yard score with 6:21 to go.
Highland travels to Salem next Friday night while Cahokia hosts Crystal Lake South.