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10/01/2015 - FOOTBALL: Rockets Surge Back To Beat Patriots

By Jeff Motz

The scheme offensively for Lincoln Northeast is throw the football.  But the ground game helped the Rockets rally and beat Millard South 27-20 Thursday night in high school football at Seacrest Field.

Northeast junior running back Tivon Phillips carried the ball on a 6-yard run into the end zone with 42 seconds left in the game to give the Rockets the victory.

The rally started after Millard South marched all the way from inside their own one-yard line, theb tied the game at 20 with 2:42 left on a 21-yard field goal from Bryce Cooney that hit the right upright and landed over the cross bar.  

After Phillips' touchdown, Millard South started from their own 20 and tried running a Statue of Liberty play where quarterback Matt Armetta faked a pass and handed it off to Jordan Williams for an 11-yard gain, who then fumbled the ball.  Ryan Cink pounced on top of the ball to recover and give Northeast the win.

Phillips finished with 90 yards rushing and two touchdowns.  He did have 134 in receptions, including a 26-yard grab for a touchdown. 

Northeast scored on their first drive of the game on a 37-yard touchdown catch off a swing pass from Trevor Petersen to Alonga Chol.  Millard South quickly rallied as Armetta found Jordan Williams on a 17-yard touchdown pass and receiver Logan Lichter on a 76-yard scoring strike for a 14-7 first quarter lead.

Phillips scored his second touchdown early in the second quarter, but the point after from Cody Gronewald was blocked, leaving the Rockets down 14-13.  After trading possessions, Millard South drove into the Northeast red-zone, settling with a 43-yard field goal from Cooney as time ran out for a 17-13 halftime lead.

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