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Hobbling Reed passes effectively to lead Heights

Other coaches give Heights' Rick Wheeler a hard time for one particular practice habit.

He takes it in stride.

"I've got coaches who think I'm crazy because we spend a lot of time working on our passing," Wheeler said. "They don't understand why I practice it if we never use it.

"We use it."

The undefeated Falcons used their passing game to beat Garden City 35-3 on Friday night in the Class 6A quarterfinals and will travel to Derby for next week's semifinals.

Heights led 21-0 at halftime behind 116 passing yards and three touchdowns from senior Matt Reed.

Reed, one of three Heights players with more than 1,000 rushing yards, played with a sore right ankle and was limited in practice most of the week. He finished with 122 passing yards and 40 rushing yards.

"Me running tonight wouldn't have been a lot of juking and breakaway runs," Reed said. "But I could get short yardage, get a couple of yards and get down. I like to pass, and if I want to be a quarterback in college that's what I'm going to need to do."

Heights, the defending 6A champion, got rolling to its 24th straight victory after Jimmy Washington intercepted Jake Curran deep in Falcons territory and Reed hit Kenneth Iheme for a 61-yard touchdown two plays later.

Reed found Chris Reed for a 32-yard touchdown pass on Heights' next possession and then Gabe Lynch for an 8-yard touchdown pass before halftime.

"Matt can run great, but he's made some big passes in his career," Wheeler said. "That's why he's 28-1 as a starter."

Reed's only loss came in the state championship game as a sophomore.

In the second half, Heights went to the ground, extending its lead on a 14-yard touchdown run by Iheme and a 23-yard touchdown run by Jon Wilcoxson. Iheme led all rushers with 80 yards.

Heights beat Derby, its semifinal opponent, 42-35 on Oct. 28 in the 6A-District 6 finale for both teams. The Falcons trailed 35-21 midway through the third quarter before rallying for the win.

"We don't really think about much beyond the game that we have this week," Washington said. "We never look ahead, that's not our way."

Garden City (7-3) 0 0 3 0 — 3 Heights (11-0) 7 14 0 14 — 35

H—Iheme 61 pass from M. Reed (Hoyer kick)

H—C. Reed 32 pass from M. Reed (Hoyer kick)

H—Lynch 8 pass from M. Reed (Hoyer kick)

GC—Chaves 23 FG

H—Iheme 14 run (Hoyer kick)

H—Wilcoxson 23 run (Hoyer kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing—Garden City, Lamb 14-50, Rubio 6-37, Curran 13-22, Kempel 1-4. Heights, Iheme 12-80, Wilcoxson 7-71, M. Reed 7-40, Moore 13-32, C. Reed 1-(-1).

Passing—Garden City, Curran 7-13-64-2. Heights, M. Reed 5-7-122-0.

Receiving—Garden City, Delarosa 2-10, Kemp 1-21, Lamb 1-17, Fowler 1-5, Temple 1-4. Heights, C. Reed 3-53, Iheme 1-61, Lynch 1-8.

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