After blowing a late lead to Great Bend a week ago, the word "finish" was used quite a bit in practice this past week for the Heights football team.
Finish plays. Finish drives. Finish tackles. Finish everything.
Following a 35-6 rout of North at Carpenter Stadium on Thursday, the Falcons were able to breathe a little easier and ease some of the pain from last week.
And did they ever finish.
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Heights pounded out 372 yards of offense and scored on five of nine possessions, while holding the Redskins to 160 yards.
"We felt like we did everything we could to put us in position to win last week and we didn't do that," Heights coach Rick Wheeler said. "But I'm proud of how the kids prepared this week and we haven't had this kind of record in a while and the kids showed real maturity to bounce back the way they did."
Dreamus Smith led Heights powerful single-wing offense with 196 yards on the ground. He capped the Falcons' first two drives with touchdown runs of three and eight yards.
Along with Smith was Delmonte Ross, who added a 102 yards on just eight carries.
"The key for us was following our blocks and doing what the coaches have been telling us in practice," Smith said. "They told us all week that everybody blocks on offense and we did that tonight."
The focal point of North's offense is mobile quarterback Grail Brewster, but the only running Brewster did Thursday night was trying to escape Heights' dominating front seven.
Despite scoring the Redskins' only touchdown, Brewster was held in check by the Falcons, rushing for 10 yards on 12 attempts before being knocked out of the game at halftime with an undisclosed leg injury.
"They like to run to the inside the tackles, which was good of us because we can close up the middle fast," Heights defensive linemen Dominique Henderson said. "We were always right there and didn't let them go anywhere."
Heights (2-3) 7 13 8 7 — 35 North (1-4) 6 0 0 0 — 6
H—Smith 3 run (Zimmerman kick)
N—Brewster 2 run (kick failed)
H—Smith 8 run (Zimmerman kick)
H—Strand 29 pass from Moreland (kick failed)
H—Moreland 2 run (Taylor from Moreland)
H—Moreland 1 run (Zimmerman kick)
Rushing—Heights, Smith 25-196, Ross 8-102, Moore 4-33, Taylor 1-15, Deshazer 3-14, Moreland 7-9, Reed 1-3. North, B. White 12-80, Davis 10-17, Brewster 12-10, Dukes 1-5, K. Wright 1-(-5).
Passing—Heights, Moreland 3-9-51-1. North, Brewster 3-6-31-1, B. White 1-8-22-0.
Receiving—Heights, Strand 1-29, Taylor 1-15, Smith 1-2. North, Gray 1-22, C. Wright 1-17, B. White 2-14.