WASILLA — Redington maintained its perfect start to the 2019 season and made school history with a 58-24 dismantling of the Monroe Catholic Rams Friday night at Redington Jr./Sr. High School. The Huskies started a season 3-0 for the first time in four years as a varsity squad.
Early in the first quarter the Rams lost their starting quarterback Isaiah Larson to injury. Backup quarterback and all-around athlete Jordan Higbee stepped up to the role and added a little extra, leading the team in rushing and on special teams. Though Higbee was a threat on both special teams and at quarterback during the first half, the young Huskies adapted to the situation and dominated the second half of the game.
“I’m just proud of how they responded as a team,” said head coach Mathias Weinberger.
Weinberger said he was proud of how his team responded to the first half of the game and elevated its performance to dominate during the second half.
After not scoring on the first few drives, both teams followed up by scoring on consecutive possessions. The Huskies opened the scoring first with a touchdown carried by Jaden Spaulding. Redington capped off the successful run with a two-point conversion. The Rams quickly answered with a score of their own led by Kevin Frisbee’s 71-yard touchdown catch. Monroe Catholic settled for the extra point to trail the Huskies by one point at the end of the first quarter.
By the end of the first half, the sophomore quarterback for the Huskies, Wayde Bowman, had a rushing touchdown of this own, then broke through the defense for a two-point conversion. Monroe narrowed the deficit by three points after Higbee completed a field goal.
Going into the half the Huskies led the Rams 16-10.
After having some initial difficulties with offense for the Huskies, they capitalized on the weakened Rams in the second half and completely dominated. Monroe Catholic had the ball for the opening drive. They would set the tone for the remainder of the game when Bowman passed to Jahzeah Williams for a 44-yard gain, which set them at the 6-yard line and subsequently Javon Pau rumbled in for a 6-yard rushed touchdown.
On defense the next possession, Redington held the Rams at bay and forced a punt.
The Huskies maintained their control over the rest of the game when Bowman passed to Tyler Holsapple for a 28-yard gain and extended the score to 30-10 with 7:27 left in the third quarter.
Monroe Catholic temporarily gained momentum when Higbee returned the following kickoff for a 69-yard touchdown. However, Redington returned the favor their next possession when Spalding returned the kickoff for 62-yards and drew a penalty which gave the Huskies favorable field position. Then the dynamic duo of Bowman and Pau gained the remaining yards to the end zone for a touchdown and successfully converted two extra points.
Redington continued scoring up until their last possession, which secured the final score of 58-24. They came within five points of tying their school scoring record.
Soaked in Gatorade following the momentous win, Weinberger said he wants to take the rest of the season game by game and knows that beating Monroe Catholic along with everyone else in their division is key to getting into the playoffs. Although the win comes very early in the season, Redington is on a hot streak and if they can continue to keep this pace then their playoff picture looks bright.