CARROLL — Two early fourth-quarter touchdowns by Isaiah Stoneburner put Highland back to within one score of Bloom-Carroll on Friday night, but the Bulldogs added two late TDs to double-up on the Scots, 44-22.
Bloom-Carroll (1-0) made it three straight against Highland in season openers, after winning 31-21 two seasons ago and pulling out a 35-34 overtime win in Sparta last season.
The Bulldogs beat the Scots at their own game, getting 188 yards on 28 carries from QB Otto Kuhns and 120 yards on 15 totes from Hobie Scarberry. Bloom-Carroll totaled 319 rushing yards on 45 carries while holding Highland to 147 yards on 46 carries.
The Scots didn’t complete many passes (5 of 15), but gained 114 yards and two TDs. Unfortunately, they also threw three interceptions. Kuhn went 8 of 23 for 105 yards and one score.
Kuhns’ TD toss came in the first quarter, a 28-yarder to Josh Evans which gave BC a 7-0 lead. Chase Carpenter provided a lift on defense for Highland with a 48-yard fumble return at the 1:58 mark, and Brody Matthews’ run left the Scots ahead, 8-7.
Highland kept the lead until 2:39 in the second quarter, when Cameron Shirkey booted in a 33-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs a 10-8 edge. On the Scots’ next possession, however, they gave back a defensive touchdown, as BC’s Caleb Swartz picked off QB Ian Taylor and took it in for a 17-8 halftime lead.
BC piled on with two TD runs by Scarberry in the third quarter, of 29 and 21 yards, which lifted the lead to its highest point, 30-8.
Highland still had something left, and that something was Stoneburner. The senior hauled in a 34-yard pass from Taylor with 9:11 to play in the game to cut the lead to 30-16, and after a Bulldog fumble, made the score 30-22 with a 48-yard connection.
Kuhns, however, took care of things for BC, running in from 41 yards with 5:30 remaining and from 17 yards at the 1:41 mark.
Brock Veley led the Scots with 65 yards on nine carries, and Matthews gained 47 yards on 11 carries. Jack Weaver ran nine times on 20 yards. Stoneburner caught three passes for 93 yards.
Highland will try for its first win Friday with a game at 7 p.m. at Ontario.