Los Angeles Preps: Anthony Romero

No. 12 Upland 31, No. 9 Rancho Cucamonga 17

October, 21, 2011

UPLAND—Upland took a lot tougher road to its Baseline League showdown Friday night against visiting Rancho Cucamonga.

The Highlanders took on Loyola, Serrano and Tustin -- programs that are just as used to winning as themselves.

The experience seemed to pay off against the Cougars, as Upland played well in every facet of the game and came away with a 31-17 victory in a match up of unbeaten teams.

“The schedule paid off,” said Upland wide receiver Kenny Lawler, who caught a 65-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter to help his team maintain a 14-point lead.

The Highlanders (7-0, 2-0) took a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter and never lost their edge.

The Cougars (6-1, 1-1) appeared on the verge of tying the score with just under four minutes remaining in the first half, but they botched a hand off at the Upland four-yard line and linebacker Bennie Robinson recovered for the Highlanders.

Upland regained its two-score advantage, 17-7, on a 46-yard field goal by Sean Aspinall as the first half expired.

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