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Aloha's huge second half gobbles up Grant

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE  - Aloha senior quarterback Richard Belog took a quarterback keeper into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Warriors win over Grant.

Grant High’s defense held Aloha High to just six first-half points Thursday night at Lincoln High School.

Then, the Generals defense spent the entire second half getting shredded by Aloha’s ground game. The Warriors scored on all five of their second-half possessions on their way to a 36-30 win.

“We wanted to get back to our basic football,” Aloha coach Bill Volk said. “We wanted to get back to running the ball, looking for leverage and letting our guys upfront do their job.”

Grant High took a 9-6 lead into halftime.

On their first series of the game, the Generals went 80 yards down the field on a 14 play, 8:04 drive. The drive was capped off when Sam Davis threw a 10-yard TD pass to Chris Lewis.

Aloha evened the score with 5:15 remaining in the second quarter. The Warriors recovered a fumble on the Grant 38-yard line. They drove the ball to the 6-yard line before Richard Belog scored on a quarterback keeper.

“The line did the blocking and just did their jobs,” Belog said. “When we do our jobs, we score. I trucked a guy, and like a mouse, I just snuck right in. It was fun. It was the first score of the game, so I put my team on the board first. It felt pretty good.”

The Warriors also missed the PAT, and the score was tied 6-6.

The Generals got the ball on the 20-yard line with 2:48 remaining in the half. Grant moved the ball to the Aloha 23-yard line with four seconds remaining in the half. Aidan Schneider then split the uprights on a 40-yard field goal attempt as time expired.

Aloha appeared to run the second half kickoff back for a touchdown. Maurice McSwain fielded the ball on the 1-yard line and exploded through the middle of the wedge and into the end zone. The play was called back to the Grant 45-yard line, though, because of a personal foul on the Warriors.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE  - Alohas Maurice McSwain, left, and Josh Schmitt celebrate a touchdown against Grant.

Aloha wound up scoring anyway, when Parker Bull went up the middle for a 3-yard TD. Jordan Vanaken ran in the two-point conversion, and the Warriors led 14-9.

Grant answered back on its next possession, when Davis threw a screen pass to Lyndon Owens, who went 8 yards for the score. Davis then threw a ball to Tommy Lawrence in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion that put the Generals on top 17-14.

On the last play of the third quarter, Calvin Davis ran in a 5-yard touchdown and then took in the extra points to put Aloha up 22-17.

Aloha extended its lead with 6:58 remaining in the game. Backup quarterback Nick Krautscheid threw the first Aloha pass of the second half and connected with McSwain for a 26-yard touchdown.

“I was supposed to be running a flag route,” McSwain said. “The (defensive back) read it well, so I looked at my quarterback, and we made an adjustment, and I just ran by him.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE  - Aloha senior running back Parker Bull scored a 3-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter during the Warriors 36-30 win over Grant.

Bull then ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 29-17. Davis tried to rally the Generals, throwing his third TD of the night. With 5:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, Davis dropped back and found Tommy Lawrence open down the middle. Lawrence made the catch and cruised in for a 64-yard touchdown.

The Warriors answered back, though, when Calvin Davis scored his second touchdown of the night, this one from 7 yards.

“We lined up really fast, and we caught them off guard with the formation,” Davis said. “They weren’t set up, and we capitalized on it.”

After Aloha converted the PAT, the Warriors led 36-24.

“They were downhill, just running the ball at us,” Lewis said, of Aloha’s second-half performance.

Davis then threw his fourth touchdown pass, a 26-yarder to Lawrence. The Warriors were able to run out the clock and claim the victory.This week Aloha (2-5) will play at Jesuit before concluding its season the following week at Southridge.



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