FREDERICKTOWN — It took Highland all of four plays to set the tone Friday night.
The Scots went 65 yards on just four plays, taking up just over one minute of play, to score their first touchdown against Fredericktown. That was just the first of many, as the Scots rolled to a 42-6 victory over the Freddies in Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference action.
“That was huge. We talked about that since Monday — everybody do their 1/11th,” said Highland coach Matt Jones. “We wanted to have a good start and jump on them early. The kids did just that.”
The Freddies (1-5 overall, 0-3 KMAC) were able to settle down a bit defensively after that, but it didn’t really matter as the Scots were in complete control.
Highland (2-4, 2-1) picked up scores on a 30-yard run by Dylan Stillwell and a 1-yard run by Jack Weaver to open things up. Then, as time was winding down in the half, the Scots turned the lights completely out.
Weaver scored his second TD of the night, this one on a 7-yard run with just 1:09 left in the second quarter.
A quick three-and-out by the defense gave the Scots back the ball with just 33 seconds left. Highland sank the final dagger when quarterback Kadin Johnson hit Landon Remmert on a 46-yard scoring pass. That sent the Scots into the locker room leading 35-0 and took all the air out of Fredericktown’s stadium.
“After we settled down, we started to play a little better. But, obviously, we gave up too many points,” said Fredericktown coach Beau Wolford.
If there was any doubt left, the Scots removed it quickly in the third quarter.
After getting stuffed near midfield, Highland decided to go for it on fourth and inches. Thinking the Scots would pound the middle of the line, the Freddies somehow forgot there was a receiver lined up on the outside. Johnson didn’t miss him, though, hooking up with Remmert on a 43-yard, wide open, scoring play.
“KJ saw it … and was able to check to the hot receiver. He did a phenomenal job with that,” Jones said. “Kadin had a really nice ball game for us. I’m really happy for him.”
Fredericktown was finally able to dent the scoreboard when Zach Vogelsang raced 23 yards on a reverse early in the fourth quarter.
The Scots racked up 264 yards rushing the ball against the Freddies. Stillwell led them with 96 yards on just six carries. Weaver added 93 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns, while Landyn Albanese had 60 yards on 10 totes.
Johnson completed 5 of 9 passes for 131 yards and the two scores. Remmert finished the night with four catches for 117 yards an two TDs.
Corey Webb led the Freddies with 33 yards rushing on nine carries. Teegan Ruhl and Vogelsang both had 26 yards rushing. Terry Fearn completed just 1 of 6 passes, which went for negative-3 yards.
“With this offense, we’ve got to establish the line of scrimmage. When you can’t do that, it makes a huge difference,” Wolford said.
Both teams will be home in KMAC action next Friday. The Scots play host to Mount Gilead, while Fredericktown entertains Danville on Homecoming.
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