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U-Hi takes off to victory

Titans spot Rogers 7-point lead before cruising to win; Williamson scores six touchdowns

University’s Griffin Thorson is pursued by Pirates Eric McKay and Marcus Phillips after making an over-the-shoulder catch of a long pass in the first half at Albi Stadium. (Jesse Tinsley)
University’s Griffin Thorson is pursued by Pirates Eric McKay and Marcus Phillips after making an over-the-shoulder catch of a long pass in the first half at Albi Stadium. (Jesse Tinsley)

The Rogers football team gave the University Titans all they could handle for a quarter.

Then the Titans took over in the second quarter, and the Pirates didn’t have an answer as University cruised to a 56-20 nonleague win Friday night at Albi Stadium.

University (4-1) caught fire offensively in the second quarter and it carried over to the second half.

Running back Bryce Williamson led U-Hi with six touchdowns. He finished with 161 yards on 17 carries.

Linebacker Gage Anderson returned a fumble 9 yards to extend the Titans’ lead to 56-14 with 1:35 to go in the third quarter.

The 42-point lead activated the running clock the rest of the game.

Pirates wide receiver Kahlil Winfrey caught a 39-yard pass from quarterback Cole Shafer to break the Titans’ stretch of seven straight TDs early in the fourth quarter.

Rogers (0-5) got off to a good start, leading 14-7 after Shafer broke loose on a 58-yard touchdown run.

But University scored four unanswered touchdowns to take a 35-14 lead into halftime.

Williamson was responsible for four TDs on runs of 13, 9, 7 and 1 yard.

U-Hi’s final first-half TD came when quarterback Logan O’Neill threw a 36-yard TD pass to Tanner Chase.

Williamson accounted for 97 yards on 12 carries in the first half. U-Hi finished with 329 yards total offense in the first two quarters.

O’Neill threw for 198 yards, completing 13 of 16 attempts.

Rogers had 174 yards total offense in the first half.

The Titans (1-1 GSL) return home next Friday to face Gonzaga Prep (4-1, 1-0) in a league game.

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