SPARTA — It was another valiant effort by the Highland Scots’ defense — shutting down the Cardington Pirates and running back Blair Wolcott, the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference’s leading rusher — en route to a 14-3 win on Friday.
The Scots’ defense did not allow a touchdown and held Wolcott to a paltry 57 yards to up his season total to 884 yards.
“We worked hard all week,” said Highland head coach Chad Carpenter. “We tried to contain (Wolcott) and limit the big plays.”
The Pirates (4-2 overall, 2-2 MOAC) took a 3-0 lead, scoring their only points on a Justin Hoffman 26-yard field goal with 4:06 left in the first quarter.
Other than that, the Scots’ defense, which stopped Elgin cold on a trio of fourth quarter possessions last week and made a great goal line stand against Pleasant three weeks ago, put the lights out on the Pirates for virtually the entire game.
“They played absolutely head-on football,” said Carpenter. “They played really well. Let’s face it, if the other team doesn’t score, they don’t win. Coach (Scott) Pauley has done a great job. They’ve really stepped up.”