Apparently, someone forget to tell Locke’s Justin Dottery to follow the script.
The senior quarterback had 302 yards with four touchdown passes and Rasool Gilmore ran for 122 yards to help Locke rally from a first quarter deficit to beat University 36-18.
After failing to complete a pass in the first quarter, Dottery settled down with deep scoring passes of 71 yards to Delmonte Richmond and a 35-yard strike to Ricky Brown as part of thirty unanswered points for the Saints.
“He had a couple of bad reads, he had a couple of good reads. He threw some good ball and some bad one as well,” said Locke head coach Duane Horne about Dottery, who also threw two interceptions. “He is a four-year varsity player at Locke and in his senior year he is starting to break out.”
University rode the energy of the crowd by jumping out to a 12-0 by forcing turnovers on Locke’s two opening possessions.
Myles Jackson intercepted Dottery’s first pass of the game leading to touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Dominick Heads.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jarrod Carter recovered a Delmonte Richmond fumble inside Locke’s five-yard line. Two plays later, Tevin Epps ran in from a yard out to give an 12-0 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter.
University failed to do much afterwards as its offense was balanced in its inability to generate any yardage against the Locke defense.
Heads was a non-factor in the game completing 4 of 16 passes for 19 yards. Epps, a three-year starter at running back, was held to 42 yards on the ground and most of it came from a 25-yard run in the first quarter.
“We had a young quarterback, so we couldn’t open it up as much as we would like,” said University head coach Lee Lowe.
The lack of firepower allowed the Locke offense to get into a groove.
Dottery found Darion Honeycutt for a seven-yard touchdown a minute into the second quarter and a two-point conversion run by Gilmore cut the University lead to four.
With two minutes left until halftime, Locke went ahead when Dottery lobbed a pass to Richmond who had snuck behind the secondary for a 71-yard score giving the Saints a 16-14 advantage after another two-point conversation run by Gilmore.
The second half proved to be no different.
Locke (1-1) marched 56 yards in six plays finished with a four-yard touchdown run by Gilmore to start the second half extended the Locke lead to ten.
University defense never surrendered as Justin White intercepted Dottery’s pass deep in the red zone to give University the ball back with 10:30 to go at their own 15-yard line.
Yet, instead of moving forward, the Wildcats offense made its way backwards.
A delay of game penalty and a poorly executed screen pass to Epps sent them 10 yards in the wrong direction. On the next play, Epps was tackled in the end zone for a safety and minutes later Dottery found Brown for his third touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter to seal it for the Saints.
“It was pretty hard,” said Dottery about the comeback. “We knew we would have to fight back. Not every game is going to be easy, a lot of games are going to be physical. This one was a physical game,”
The only other highlight for University was in the final two minutes when Justin Johnson in a Wildcat formation ran down the left sideline for a 65-yard touchdown.
University (0-1) will travel to the valley to face Panorama (1-1), who the Wildcats beat 28-13 last year.