McKinley senior quarterback Brian Cobbs and wide receiver Delante Hellams have been playing together since elementary school and their familiarity led to the defeat of Ballou yesterday as they connected on two touchdown passes to overtake the Knights, 13-12, in an Interhigh game at Ballou.
Down by 6-0 at halftime, "we weren't worried," said Cobbs. "We have one of the best receivers in the league in Delante. This is our 11th year playing together, and now all of our hard work is paying off in our senior year."
Cobbs completed 19 of 30 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns; Hellams caught seven of those passes for 137 yards and both McKinley touchdowns.
Though McKinley trailed after a 54-yard scoring reception by Ballou's Moses Ware, it was clear that it was just a matter of time before the Trainers scored.
They took the second-half kickoff and used a 10-play, 69-yard drive for in a 7-6 advantage.
Mixing the run and pass, McKinley got to the Ballou 38-yard line, where the drive appeared stalled with the Trainers facing fourth and 10.
However, Cobbs found Hellams on a turn-in and the shifty wide receiver pulled in the pass, spun off the defensive back and sprinted down the sideline for the score.
The Trainers increased their lead to 13-6 on the fifth play of the fourth quarter when Hellams turned another simple turn-in pattern designed to get a first down into an electrifying 53-yard score.
After taking the pass from Cobbs, Hellams broke four tackles, weaving his way across the field, and dashed into the corner of the end zone for the score.
The point after failed and the Trainers held a 13-6 lead.
Ballou made another attempt to pull out the victory. Taking advantage of conservative play-calling by McKinley, the defense stiffened and the Knights were able to score with 1:50 remaining in the game on a fourth-down quarterback draw by Marc Dozier.
However, Dozier's pass toward Donta Anthony was broken up by linebacker Matthew Kerr.