Highland runs over Northmor
Saturday, October 5th
Highland sophomore Shane Carney is tripped up by a Northmor defender during Friday’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. The Scots won, 44-8.
SPARTA — Three Highland running backs rushed for over 100 yards in a 44-8 crushing of Northmor on Friday.
Shane Carney led the Scots (5-1, 3-0) with 155 yards on only 10 carries, and Kyle Minyo ran nine times for 112 yards. Their output helped set the stage for a four touchdown night for James Cochran. Cochran rushed 22 times for 112 yards overall, and all four TDs were from within six yards of the end zone.
In all, Highland ran 53 times for 453 yards, and completed only 2-of-4 passes for 7 yards. They held the Knights (2-4, 0-3) to 115 yards rushing and an average of less than three yards a carry, and 60 yards on 5-of-9 passing.
Cochran finished the Scots first scoring drive at the 2:37 mark of the first half on a 6-yard run, and Quenton Miller hit the first of his six extra-points to make it 7-0. Despite the rushing success, Highland was able to score only one more touchdown in the half, on a Cochran 2-yard run with 8:18 remaining in the second quarter. The lead was 14-0 at the break.
The Scots has more success against a tiring Northmor defense in the second half. With only 1:04 off the clock in the second half, Cochran scored his third touchdown of the game, a 1 yarder, that left Highland up, 21-0.
The Knights stalled on their next drive at their own 26, and the Scots blocked Lane Foster’s punt into the end zone. Zack Baker grabbed it in the end zone for a safety and a 23-0 lead at the 8:45. Carney got into the scoring act after the free kick, scoring only 13 seconds later on a 14-yard run to leave Highland ahead, 30-0.
Cochran finished his big night with another 2-yard TD with 11:39 in the fourth quarter, and Alex Wright chipped in with a 4-yard TD run at the 4:51 mark. Northmor broke up the shutout with only 20 seconds to play on Gunnar Lilly’s 8-yard run.
Jamie Baldridge paced the Knights with four catches for 56 yards, and Korbyn Huston had a team-high 34 yards on three carries.
Highland will take its 3-0 conference mark to Ridgedale for a 7 p.m. start on Friday.
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