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Long drives help Garland pull away from Lake Highlands, 27-14
GARLAND — Two long scoring drives in the second half helped Garland pull away from Lake Highlands, 27-14, at Williams Stadium.
Garland (1-2) opened the second half with a 92-yard, 13-play drive that took 6:27 off the clock. The drive ended with quarterback Seth Russell scoring from 5 yards out for his second rushing touchdown of the game and a 24-7 lead.
After Lake Highlands (1-2) pulled within 24-14 on a 2-yard touchdown run by DeVonte Sunwenghan, Garland launched another 13-play drive that lasted 6:08. Josh Lambert booted a 43-yard field goal for a 27-14 lead with 7:22 remaining. Lambert also kicked a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Lake Highlands threatened to make it a one-score game but was stopped on downs at the Garland 3-yard line with 3:07 remaining.
Malcolm Miller led Garland’s rushing attack with 16 carries for 108 yards. Russell rushed for 41 yards and completed 10 of 19 passes for 134 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown to Kendre Bridges.
Garland scored on three of its first four possessions to stake a 17-7 lead at halftime. The one time Garland didn’t score in that stretch was when Lake Highlands defensive back Oscar Crosby picked off a pass and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown.
Lake Highlands (1-2) did not advance into Garland territory until the final play of the first half. Garland held Lake Highlands to 93 yards in the half.
Garland outgained Lake Highlands 386 yards to 228 and had 252 rushing yards.
Sunwenghan led Lake Highlands with 69 yards on 11 carries. Lake Highlands quarterback Trent Jones completed five passes for 100 yards.