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Heathwood Hall Defeats Cardinal Newman 40-7 Behind Alex Lewis’ Three TD Passes To Josh Gary

Heathwood Hall Defeats Cardinal Newman 40-7 Behind Alex Lewis’ Three TD Passes To Josh Gary   

By Chris Dearing/Special Writer

Columbia--Heathwood Hall has been more ground and pound in opening the season with wins over Laurence Manning and Ben Lippen. That changed for the better Friday night as Alex Lewis threw three touchdown passes to Josh Gary to lead the Highlanders to a 40-7 victory over Cardinal Newman.

Lewis connected on TD passes of 25, 8 and 37 to Gary while the running game continued its dominant ways with scoring runs from Ronnie Porter, Rondarius Porter and Walker Draffin.

The ability to throw the ball better than the first two weeks excites Heathwood Hall coach Danny Lewis.

“We got to the point last year where we were a one trick pony and it caught us last year,” Lewis said. “We knew all off-season we had to open it up and get more guys involved. That makes practice go better because everybody knows they’ll get touches on Friday night.”

Gary, who finished with eight receptions for 136 yards, was glad to see the offense open up a little bit.

“It felt good,” Gary said. “Coach made a game-plan and Alex felt good, Ronnie was setting up the run and the offensive line did their things to help us out. We just have to practice better to keep improving on Friday night.”

The Highlanders (3-0) scored on its opening possession. Lewis found Gary between three defenders from 25 yards out to cap the 7-play, 49-yard drive.

Two possessions later, Lewis and Gary hooked up from 8-yards out to cap the 10-play, 80-yard drive. Ronnie Porter scored on a 1-yard plunge to give the Highlanders a 20-0 lead at the half.

Heathwood Hall eliminated any remaining suspense by adding 20 points in the third quarter.

It started with a Lewis to Gary 37-yard touchdown strike. The next series covered 69 yards in three plays with 260-pound Rondarius Porter covering the final 48 yards. Walker Draffin got into the action on the next series with a 19-yard scamper to make it 40-0 with 1:57 remaining in the third quarter.

Cardinal Newman (0-2) avoided the shutout with a 26-yard run by Jalil Garvin-Mingo with 10:59 remaining. The teams allowed for a running clock the rest of the way.

The Cardinals, who have been outscored 90-13 this season, have been hampered by injuries and players missing practice but head coach Doug Dutton they can straighten some things out during the upcoming bye week.

“We need to have a full team in practice,” Dutton said. “We were missing guys last week. We haven’t been able to have more than 3 days of practice with the same group in over a month. We need to take this off week and get into some things we missed before the season and hopefully get caught back up.”


HH         7              13           20           0              - 40

CN          0              0              0              7              - 7



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