Highland takes control following weather delay
Monday, September 23rd
Photo by Joshua Morrison
Highland’s Kyle Minyo falls forward for a gain during Saturday’s game against Buckeye Valley. The Scots scored three touchdowns when play resumed following an evening of lightning strikes on Friday to win, 28-0.
SPARTA — When Highland and Buckeye Valley were postponed Friday night, they were in the midst of a close 7-0 game. When play resumed Saturday at 4:01 p.m., the Scots took control, scoring 21 points in the fouth quarter in a 28-0 shutout win.
James Cochran and Kyle Minyo shared most of the rushing load for Highland (3-1), Cochran gaining 112 yards on 24 carries and Minyo 90 yards on 12 carries. Each scored a pair of touchdowns. Add Shane Carney’s 67 yards on 11 totes, and Highland finished with 307 rushing yards and a total of 325 yards.
The Barons (2-2) totaled only 80 yards on the night, including 71 yards on 30 carries and only 4-of-13 passing for 9 yards. The Scots made two sacks and 10 tackles for loss, and held about a five-minute edge in possession time.
Highland turned the ball over three times in the first half on Friday to keep Buckeye Valley in the game. Minyo’s 20-yard TD run with 5:30 to play in the first half left the Scots ahead 7-0 at the break.
Play resumed in the third quarter on Saturday, and the period ran out with the score still 7-0. Highland was on the march, however, to begin the fourth quarter, and Cochran took off just inside Barons territory for a 49-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 cushion with 9:58 to play.
Buckeye Valley fumbled on its next drive, giving the Scots a short field. Cochran was called on again, and scored from 7 yards out with 7:33 remaining to push the lead to 21-0. Minyo put the capper on the win with a 10-yard TD run with 35 seconds to play in the game.
Shane Carney caught two passes for 18 yards for Highland. Dashawn Haynes ran 17 times for 50 yards to lead the Barons.
Highland will play the second of a three-game homestand against Mount Gilead, which begins Friday at 7 p.m.
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