Printed on: October 05, 2012

Grizz can't get off the ground vs. Rams

By Michael Lycklama

POCATELLO -- Offensive struggles continued to haunt the Skyline High School football team as it fell 27-7 to Highland on Thursday at Holt Arena.

Skyline mustered just 26 yards of offense in the first half and went three and out on six of seven first-half drives. The second half proved more fruitful for the Grizz. But Highland still outgained the Skyline 428-155 on the evening for a 5A District 5-6 win.

The Highland defensive line led the charge, harassing Skyline quarterback Zak Bennett all night on its way to six sacks for a loss of 46 yards. Five of those sacks came in the first half.

"Until we get more of a run game, teams can tee off on us," Skyline coach Scott Berger said. "They got a four-down (linemen) scheme and they get off the ball."

The two teams traded three-

and-out possessions to start the game as a defensive battle appeared to settle in. But on the first play of Highland's second possession, senior running back Michael

Beseris spun out of a 5-yard loss and then broke free for an 89-yard touchdown run to open the scoring.

Beseris added a 29-yard run to close the first quarter as he turned his first three carries into

118 yards. The 29-yard run set up a 25-yard Dallan Rodriguez field goal to start the second quarter.

While Highland racked up 428 yards of offense, the Rams struggled to finish drives. In seven trips into the red zone, Highland came away with three touchdowns and a pair of field goals. Its other two trips resulted in a missed field goal and one of two interceptions from Skyline corner Andre Madrigal.

The red-zone stops and turnovers kept Skyline in the game and the Grizz threatened when Trason Lasley hauled in a 24-yard Bennett pass to make it 20-7. The touchdown capped a 13-play, 99-yard drive.

Skyline defensive back Dallin Stout's interception then gave Skyline the ball back at the end of the third quarter. But Bennett handed the ball back three plays later with his only interception, ending any thoughts of a Skyline comeback.