Mike Hollins scores four touchdowns in 49-27 U-High win over Zachary
ZACHARY, La. – At the highest levels of high school football, everyone has talent.
Only University High has Mike Hollins.
Hollins, the Cubs’ senior running back, rushed for 148 yards and four touchdowns to lead U-High to a convincing 49-27 victory over Zachary at Bronco Stadium.
The Cubs also got fantastic efforts from John Gordon McKernan (281 yards passing, 2 touchdowns) and Christian Harris (7 catches, 85 yards).
The U-High offense racked up more than 400 yards of total offense and would have approached 500 if not for penalties. A holding call in the first quarter cost Hollins a 52-yard scoring run.
The 49 points scored by the Cubs on Friday night were more than the Broncos had allowed all season (47). It also marked the fourth time in five games that UHigh has scored 40 or more.
Keilon Brown accounted for all four touchdowns for Zachary; connecting with Chandler Whitfield for a pair of scores, and running two in on his own.
It just wasn’t enough as Zachary got out in front early before running out of steam, and eventually being steamrolled by the Cubs.
On their first play from scrimmage, Brown and Whitfield hooked up for 42 yards. Three plays later, they found each other again for a 10 yard touchdown strike that put the Broncos up 7-0.
UHigh struck back quickly, going 72 yards in four plays. McKernan hit Makiya Tongue with a 56 yard TD pass to tie the score.
Zachary put together a marathon drive before it stalled at the Cubs’ 13 yard line. Ethan Patrick O’Brien’s 30 yard attempt was blocked by Josh Slaughter and returned by Leland Jones all the way back to the Bronco 28.
Hollins would get his first touchdown of the game with a 24 yard sprint up the middle that gave UHigh its first lead, 14-7.
The Broncos responded with another big play from Brown and Whitfield. This time the pair hooked up for a 63 yard touchdown that tied the game at 14.
And that was just the first quarter.
The pace slowed a bit in the second, with neither team reaching the end zone until U-High broke the tie when LSU commit Jaquelin Roy took the handoff and crossed the goal line to make it 21-14 with 4:19 to play in the half.
That gave the tempo a boost, as Zachary went 63 yards in four plays, with Brown finishing the drive with a 10 yard TD run and tying the score once again.
The Cubs took the lead for good on their final possession of the first half. A seven-play, 55-yard drive ended with Hollins’ second score; this time from two yards out. U-High took a 28-21 lead into the locker room.
The fireworks of the first half were nearly extinguished in the third quarter. After one punt between them in the first half, U-High and Zachary combined for five to start the second half.
Hollins ended that streak with an 82 yard touchdown run late in the third. He took the handoff from McKernan and after a couple of strides along the left side, he found his blocks and exploded down the sideline for the score. The Cubs, up 35-21, had delivered the knockout blow.
U-High (5-0) will attempt to run its winning streak to 20 in a row next week when they host Brusly (3-2), while the Broncos (3-2) will try to bounce back against 5-0 Walker.
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David Grubb has more than a decade of experience in the sports industry. He began his career with KLAX-TV in Alexandria, La. and followed that up with a stint as an reporter and anchor with WGGB-TV in Springfield, Mass. After spending a few years away from the industry, David worked as sports information director for Southern University at New Orleans…