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South Garland uses ground game to rout Lake Highlands, 42-10
UNIVERSITY PARK - The field at SMU's Ford Stadium is a flat, but it looked like South Garland was running downhill all day in a 42-10 playoff win over Lake Highlands.
South Garland (8-3) rushed for 343 yards and scored all six of its touchdowns on the ground, including three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, in the 5A Division II bi-district game Saturday. John Lacour led a diverse rushing attack with 144 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.
South Garland will play the winner of Saturday night's game between Longview and Belton in next weekend's area round.
Lake Highlands (7-4) managed 330 yards but its offense lacked its normal punch with standout running back Desmond Roland at less than 100 percent.
Roland, who has orally committed to Oklahoma State, had just three carries in the previous three weeks because of an undisclosed injury. He was held to 45 yards on 14 carries.
By the fourth quarter Lake Highlands had also lost starting quarterback Michael Ketchmark to an injury. Ketchmark was 14-of-20 passing for 210 yards before leaving the game.
South Garland, however, was firing on all cylinders. South Garland's defense forced a fumble on the second play of the game. On the third play, quarterback Stephan Turner ran 14 yards for a 7-0 lead.
Turner finished with 70 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. He threw just five passes all game, completing two for 37 yards, but South Garland didn't need much from the passing game while averaging nine yards a carry.
After a 23-yard field goal by Lake Highlands' Mitch Henton, Lacour broke loose for a 60 yard touchdown run that increased South Garland's lead to 14-3.
Lake Highlands' DeVonte Sunwenghan, who had 105 yards rushing and receiving, scored from four yards out with 5:32 left in the second quarter. Lacour added his second touchdown with a two-yard run just before half for a 21-10 lead.
South Garland scored three times in the final 8:35 to pull away.
Turner scored his second touchdown on a 46-yard run to make it 28-10, then Lacour scored a third time from 16 yards out for a 35-10 lead.
Reece Loyd put an exclamation point on the win with a 92-yard touchdown sprint with 4:19 remaining.