LOWELL | Lowell owes Friday’s 21-6 homecoming victory over Hammond High to its defense. While the offense battled distractions and early miscues, the defense stood tall.
The Times No. 6 Red Devils (5-2) held the outmanned Wildcats to 150 yards of total offense, but 83 of it came on a long pass play with the outcome all but determined.
“There’s always distractions,” Lowell coach Keith Kilmer said about homecoming. “It’s a longer week; it’s longer nights; it’s a pep session; it’s a longer day.
“Defensively, we played like we would. Offensively, we tried some things that didn’t let us get into our rhythm.”
George Fields had another big game for Lowell, finishing with 132 yards on 22 rushes. Quarterback Seth Anderson completed 6 of 11 passes for 96 yards and an interception.
Paul Maurer put the Devils up 21-0 with a 2-yard run late in the third quarter.
“We could’ve run power-I and worn ‘em down, but is that going to make us any better?” Kilmer said. “We tried getting deeper into our playbook tonight.”
Hammond (1-6) finally got on the board when De’shon Roberson hauled in a Derrion Rogers pass at midfield and took it to the house with 3 minutes left in the game for the final count.
“It was homecoming, and there’s a lot of distractions,” Hammond coach Eric Schreiber said. “Homecoming, anything can happen. They always scare the death out of me when were at home.
“I’m sure that contributed to some of it, but our kids played hard. They’re good on defense. They fly around and tackle well. We knew it was going to be a struggle.”
Josh Bottos opened the scoring with a 17-yard scamper on a jet sweep reverse to put the Red Devils up 7-0 with 2:43 left in the opening quarter.
After Hammond fumbled deep in its own territory, Ed Simmons put Lowell on top 14-0 on the very next play on a 21-yard counter with 3:38 remaining in the second quarter.
“We played our game, and we shut down their offense,” Lowell linebacker Dan Garza said. “They have some athletes on their team, and we just had to keep them in check.”