In a penalty-plagued game, Eastern Hills (2-5, 2-1 in District 4-5A) prevailed over winless Carter-Riverside, 21-6 , at Scarborough-Handley Field Thursday night.
For Eastern Hills, Ronveon Johnson rushed for 165 yards in 15 carries and a touchdown. Teammate Dontavis Stricklin contributed 119 yards rushing in seven attempts and another late touchdown. Finally, another teammate, Carlos Wiley had the other Highlander touchdown, a 96-yard kickoff return to open the second half.
After being held scoreless in their first three possessions, Eastern Hills finally got on the board with 1:51 left in the first half. Johnson went left off tackle, running over defenders and dragging one to the pylon for a 19-yard touchdown. Johnson then took the handoff and rushed up the center for the two-point conversion to give the Highlanders the lead for good, 8-6.
The drive covered 79 yards in seven plays with Johnson gaining the last 53 yards in three plays.
Prior to that, Carter-Riverside (0-7, 0-3) led most of the half. On the game’s opening drive, the Eagles drove smartly from their 25 downfield with a balanced offense in eight plays. Adarius Jennings swept right for the final five yards for the touchdown and a 6-0 Eagle lead that held up until less than two minutes remained in the first half.
On the drive, quarterback Anthony Rodriguez rolled right and found Elias Conchas open twice on the drive for gains of 33 and 27 yards. The latter set up the touchdown run on the following play.
On the down side, Eastern Hills accumulated 22 penalties for 209 yards. Carter-Riverside was flagged six times for 46 yards.
Game was over when: Stricklin ran 46 yards for the final score with 7:55 left.
Play of the game: Wiley’s kickoff return gave the Highlanders a two-score cushion for the remainder of the game.
Offensive player of the game: Rushing tandem of Ronveon Johnson and Dontavis Stricklin for Eastern Hills.
What’s next? Eastern Hills returns to Scarborough-Handley Field next Friday to face North Side at 7:30 p.m. Carter-Riverside, meanwhile, will play Wyatt the same day and time at Clark Stadium.