SPARTA — The Highland Fighting Scots, a much younger team, faced off against the more experienced Ontario Warriors on Friday night for a varsity football game with the Warriors beating the Scots 28-7.

The first touchdown of the game was scored by Ontario’s quarterback, Ethan Snyder, who had a nice five-yard run into the end-zone during the first half of the game.

Snyder was a star for Ontario during Friday night’s game, scoring two more touchdowns during the second quarter to make the score 21-0 by halftime.

The first of the second-quarter touchdowns by Snyder came after a fumble by the Highland Scots. The second came after an interception by Ontario’s Avery Hooks.

In the third quarter, there was a touchdown scored by the Warrior’s Nolan Payne. The touchdown came at minute 7:44 of the third quarter and was a trick pass from Snyder to a man in the backfield, who then threw the ball to Payne in the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown pass that put the Warriors up 28-0.

The only score in the fourth quarter came from Highland’s Jack Weaver, who had a fairly decent game for the Scots with 155 yards rushing. Weaver’s touchdown came at minute 10:18 of the fourth quarter and was the culmination of the energy that the Scots were trying to put back into the game in terms of any kind of a comeback.

Even though the Scots did end up losing, the team and coaching staff of Highland feel as if, with a young group of guys versus a much more experienced team, that they did defend their home turf with dignity and honor.

“I’m going to tell you what I told my guys: We need to play four quarters of football,” said Highland coach Matt Jones. “The thing that I am most proud of, though, is our effort. We never gave up and I’m extremely proud of that.”

An example of the Scots never giving up was in the fourth quarter of the game when they did not allow any touchdowns to the Warriors and even scored one themselves.

The next game for Highland is at River Valley next Friday at 7 p.m.

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