Lawrence helps Union Grove to win

By Anthony Rhoads

Senior running back Michael Lawrence rushed for 74 yards and three touchdowns to lead Union Grove to a 35-7 victory over Stockbridge Friday night at home.

Lawrence scored twice in the second quarter on of 4 yards and 1 yard. He added his third score in the fourth quarter with a run of 17 yards.

"He's good," Union Grove head coach Mike McDonald said. "Michael has good feet; he's a good running back."

Senior Owen High helped Union Grove's cause with 66 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Steven Sylvester added 50 yards on just six carries.

Union Grove improves to 2-0; last week, the Wolverines beat Luella 34-14.

"It's good," McDonald said. "It's always good to win a county game. It's always good to win those. It's good to win any game."

While the Union Grove offense pretty much moved at will, the Wolverine defense shut down Stockbridge for most of the night.

Stockbridge managed only 139 total yards and seven first downs. Union Grove picked off two Stockbridge passes thanks to Blake Hubbard and Mike Merlino. Jake Hayes recovered a fumble for Union Grove in the second quarter.

"We did some good things on defense," McDonald said. "They did some good things on offense. They're not a bad team. They came out and played hard. You've got to give them credit; they gave us all we wanted in the first half."

Union Grove quarterback Dustin Alley completed 8-of-22 passes for 156 yards. He added 38 yards rushing.

Torrey Kimbro led Union Grove in receiving with three catches for 53 yards.

Xavier Glenn led Stockbridge with 43 rushing yards.