Inland Empire: Upland 53, Etiwanda 34

UPLAND -- Upland did everything possible to keep Etiwanda quarterback Larry Cutbirth off the field Friday night and the strategy worked as the Highlanders pulled away for a 53-34 victory in a Baseline League game at Upland High.

Donta Abron rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown in 20 carries, and backfield mate Cole Chapman had 164 rushing yards in 22 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead Upland.

The Highlanders attempted just eight passes.

After taking a 15-12 lead on a 20-yard touchdown run by slot receiver Kenneth Lawler, the Highlanders (5-2, 2-0) attempted a successful onside kick. Abron then followed with a 60-yard touchdown run.

Cutbirth threw his fourth touchdown pass of the first half to cut the deficit to 29-28 with 5:31 remaining, but Upland reeled off 24 consecutive points to put the game out of reach.

Cutbirth, a junior, completed 23 of 33 passes for 436 yards, including 357 in the first half.

“We wanted him to watch the game instead off playing the game,” Upland coach Tim Salter said of Cutbirth, who has now thrown 21 touchdown passes this season.

The Eagles fell to 3-4, 1-1 in league.

Up next for Upland is a key game against Rancho Cucamonga. In the videos after the jump, Salter and Chapman discuss the victory against Etiwanda and the upcoming game against Rancho Cucamonga.