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Higley 52, South Mountain 7 Bloom, Kirkpatrick help Higley rout South Mountain

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 11:44 pm | Updated: 1:26 pm, Sat Oct 5, 2013.

Higley bounced back from their only loss of the season to Queen Creek last week with a 52-7 rout over Phoenix South Mountain on Friday.

The Knights (5-1) high powered offense is averaging 45.5 points a game. Higley led 44-0 at intermission before taking their foot off the break in the second half with a running clock. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Bloom only played in the first half clicked on 10 of 14 passes for 285 yards with four touchdown passes all to different receivers and no interceptions.

"We have a lot of good weapons, all around 6 foot 4 and great athletes, and a great line to give time to throw," Bloom said. "(South Mountain) has struggled, but you still have to go out and play hard. Last week with Queen Creek, they are a good team but we didn't execute. Tonight we did and bounced back strong."

"Tyler spread it around, we don't highlight just one person," Higley coach Eddy Zubey said. "For only a sophomore Tyler goes through the reads well. We did a good job coming out in the first quarter and working on executing tonight."

The Jaguars (0-7) only scored with 47 seconds left in the game after Daniel Williams picked up a Higley fumble and returned it 41 yards to the Knights five yard line. Antwain Ware then scored on the next play for South Mountain to keep Higley from its first shutout of the season.

On the Knights' first possession, they marched 77 yards in six plays as Ricky Marshall capped off the drive with an 18-yard run at the 7:05 mark of the first quarter. The Jaguars then gave Higley great field position at the South Mountain 22-yard line as they were held on a fake punt run. Sinjin Kirkpatric then romped 22 yards for a TD. Then Bloom went to the air connecting on four straight touchdown passes, the first to Bayley Cook for 35 yards to lead 23-0 after the opening quarter.

In the second quarter Bloom added three more touchdown passes. After a blocked punt Bloom found Trent Gilbert for a 15 yard strike. After Scott Merryman pounced on a fumble to stop a Jaguars' drive. The Knights then drove 79 yards for a score which was capped off by a 35-yard pass from Bloom to Nick Colson. Then Bloom went to another receiver in Kole Hunter, who hauled in a 76-yard touchdown pass as Higley built a 44-0 cushion at halftime.

The Knights' only second half touchdown came on the opening second half kickoff as Kirkpatric scored his second touchdown of the night. Kirkpatrick returned the kick 82 yards to the house as Higley took a 52-0 lead and emptied the bench.

Higley 52, South Mountain 7

First Downs: SM 5, Higley 6

Rushing: SM 27-77, H 13-117

Passing (Comp.-Att.-Yards-TD-INT): SM 5-11-0-34, H 12-17-295-4-0

Fumbles-Lost: SM 3-1, H 2-2

Penalties-Yards: SM 5-50, H 2-10

South Mtn.  0  0  0  7  - 7

Higley        23 21 8 0  - 52

H: Marshall 18 run (Colson run)

H: Kirkpatric 22 run (Merryman pass from Cook)

H: Cook 35 pass from Bloom (Garcia kick)

H: Gilbert 15 pass from Bloom (Miller kick)

H: Colson 35 pass from Bloom (Miller kick)

H: Hunter 76 pass from Bloom (Miller kick)

H: Kirkpatric 82 kick return (Cook run)

SM: Ware 5 run (Fernandez kick)

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[Stats Courtesy of MaxPreps]