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Glenville uses strong second half to end Highland's cinderella run

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Glenville may have been staggered and woozy for a while, but the problem for Highland was....Glenville woke up

Glenville exploded in the second half, scoring 28 straight points, to finally end the dream of the Highland Hornets 41-13 tonight at Byers Field in Parma. They say that big players have to play big in big games. Well, the biggest name on the field turned out to have the biggest game. Marshon Lattimore, the number one ranked player in the state of Ohio, caught 7 passes for 167 yards and 4 touchdowns, leading the Tarblooders into next Friday's Division II state championship game.

It wasn't as easy as it looked

It sure looked like it was going to be Glenville's night during the first quarter. After getting a touchdown on their opening drive, the Tarblooders hit paydirt again on their next possession as quarterback Quan Robinson hit Lattimore it the front of the endzone, giving Glenville a 13-0 lead.

As was the theme of the Highland Hornets season, they responded and didn't quit

Highland put together a "Highland" type drive on their next possession, going 68 yards in 13 plays, with the capper being a 21 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bruce Kinsey to Cory Moncol cutting the Glenville lead to 13-7. After Glenville fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Highland was back in business again starting in Tarblooder territory. The Hornets then went 37 yards in 6 plays, with Kinsey finding tailback Alex Harris on a wheel route down the right sideline, and suddenly the game was tied at 13 heading into to locker rooms at halftime.

“I told everybody the game wasn’t over,” Lattimore said. “We gotta keep working.”

Glenville was being tested. They were on the ropes, and knew they were in a game. How would they respond in the second half?

They remembered they were Glenville.....and let their star players carry them

On the second play of the second half, Robinson found lattimore streaking down the right sideline for a 55 yard touchdown, and Glenville had the lead back at 20-13. After a Highland punt, Glenville put together the drive of the game. Starting at their own 5 yard line, the Tarblooders drove 95 yards in 15 plays, mostly behind the hard running of Devon Anderson. Robinson then finished the drive with a 5 yard touchdown pass to Lattimore, stretching Glenville's lead to 27-13.

Then....the backbreaker

At the start of the fourth quarter, Highland strung together a couple of first downs, and was on the edge of Glenville territory. On second down, as Kinsey was rolling to his left, he was hit and threw as he was going down. The pass ended up short and into the hands of Glenville star safety Erick Smith, who galloped 62 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown extending the Tarblooder lead to 34-13. The game to many seemed to be over at that point, but Lattimore had one more trick up his sleeve. After another Highland punt, the Robinson to Lattimore combination struck again. Robinson hit Lattimore down the left sideline this time, giving the Tarblooders their final margin of victory.

Highland had a dream season, and has nothing to be ashamed of. They just ran into a better team tonight. A team who's star players played like stars. Highland certainly got their attention in the first half.

Glenville will play for the Division II state championship next Friday against Loveland, a 38-35 winner in overtime over Zanesville.

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