HOWARD — Friday’s football season opener between the Highland Scots and the host East Knox Bulldogs was not a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. That will not be until next year, but don’t tell the Bulldogs.
Down 22-12 after three quarters, East Knox staged a fourth quarter comeback, scoring 22 points. That, however, was not quite enough as the Scots held off East Knox, 38-34, in their non-conference matchup at Chet Looney Stadium.
“It’s good to open up with a win,” said Highland coach Chad Carpenter. “I’m proud of how our kids kept coming back. We beat a really good ball club tonight. They gave us everything we could handle.”
The Scots, who rolled up all 414 of their yards on the ground, came out with running back James Cochran (19 carries, 86 yards) pounding the ball up the middle of the Bulldogs’ defense for 55 first-half yards. Those runs helped set up a pair of Kyle Minyo first-quarter touchdown runs of 21 and 48 yards, and gave the Scots a 13-0 lead. Those early scores would prove valuable.
“(Cochran and Minyo) are a good 1-2 punch back there, but it all starts up front,” said Carpenter, “The guys up front create the holes for those guys. It really is a team effort.”
“Coming out with those quick couple of score made the difference in the final score,” said Minyo.
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