Wood Cross • The Highland football team bottled up Woods Cross' offense after the Rams' coach addressed the defensive unit after last week's loss.
The Rams limited the Wildcats to 117 yards rushing and 61 yards passing in a 14-0 shutout in Region 6 action Friday.
Highland coach Brody Benson talked to his players about tackling and effort after last week's 27-24 loss to Bountiful, and the Rams responded.
"It starts with the front seven who put a lot of pressure on their quarterback," said defensive back David Kocher, who picked off two passes to thwart late Woods Cross drives.
The Rams established they were the better team up front and proved it when quarterback Austin Peterson drew first blood with a 1-yard plunge after a 10-play, 70-yard drive.
"Our offensive line came out and hit them in the mouth," Peterson said. "We established fullback Vill Sekona early, and everything just sort of built from there."
Woods Cross hung around through the first half, but a costly three-and-out with just more than three minutes left gave the Rams plenty to work with.
Peterson hooked up with receiver Malcom Card Turner just before the half on a 23-yard scoring strike to put the Rams in control.
"I thought lineman Bryan Mone played hard for us on both sides of the ball," Benson said. "Linebacker Adam Webber was flying to the ball tonight, and our kids gave a special effort."
Woods Cross had its chances with about 10 minutes left, but running back Sean Barton fumbled near midfield to snuff out one drive, and Kocher put an exclamation on the defensive effort with a spectacular catch of an errant Skyler Farnes pass to seal the win.
• Highland put forth a special defensive effort in its 14-0 win at Woods Cross by limiting the Wildcats to 117 yards rushing and 61 yards of passing.
• Junior lineman Bryan Mone bottled up the Woods Cross line with his push and blew open holes for Rams runners to exploit.