LOWELL | Lowell’s victory over Highland wasn’t a work of art by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a workmanlike performance by running back George Fields.
The senior speedster churned out 245 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns at the Inferno Friday night in a 22-0 blanking over an improved Highland.
“The offensive line was opening up holes, and it was just running hard,” Fields said.
The Red Devils improved to 3-2 overall and to 3-0 in the Northwest Crossroads Conference with their third straight win.
You learn how to win ugly tonight,” Lowell coach Keith Kilmer said. “It took them a while to realize that Highland is just not going to come out and lay down for them.
“They played the whole game, and our kids did, too. Our defense played fantastic.”
The Trojans managed just 28 yards on the ground and 131 yards of total offense.
“We were just reading our keys, linemen were separating and ripping and flowing to the ball,” said Dan Garza, who forced a Highland fumble.
Meanwhile, Fields scored his second and third TDs of the game in the second half on runs of 32 and 8 yards.
“We were just keying off what the defense was doing,” Fields aid.
Lowell took a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter when Fields sprinted 63 yards for a touchdown with 8:12 left in the first half.
“He hit the hole, and even better I liked the way he was running once he had that first contact,” Kilmer said. “He got a lot of yards after first contact tonight.”
Highland (3-2, 0-2) was finally able to move the ball, as sophomore quarterback Hunter Rycerz hooked up with Tommy Brankin three times for 75 yards in the ensuing drive to put the ball on the Lowell 4-yard line. The Trojans fumbled on the next play less than two minutes left in the half.
“They’re a lot of things to be happy about, and our kids know that there are a lot of things we’ve got to improve,” Kilmer said.
Rycerz completed 6-of-12 passes for 103 yards, but two drives deep into Lowell territory came up empty.
“Our offense played well at times,” Highland coach Trent Grider said. “I don’t care who you play. Nobody in this conference you can play and give the ball up twice inside the 5 and not score — come away with zero. We can’t do that.”