SPARTA — The Highland Fighting Scots handed a goose egg to the Danville Blue Devils on Friday night’s Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference matchup, with the Scots winning 30-0.
The Fighting Scots had Senior Night to defend and they defended it very well against the Blue Devils.
Seniors who were honored included Bailey Damron, Riley Kemmer, Dylan Stillwell, Gavin DeAngelo, Jack Weaver, Brandon Pauley, Zack DeBord, T.J. Taylor, Jeremiah Sorrell and Cam Cutrone. A student, Darren Adkins, honored as a special fan of the team, was awarded an honorary letterman’s jacket and got to run an honorary touchdown into the home team end zone after the game with the Highland football team and members of his school cheering his name.
The first Highland score was a 19-yard field goal by Kemmer with 2:53 left in the quarter. This field goal was followed by two consecutive touchdowns by the Scots in the second quarter, the first (after a fumble recovery) a 42-yard pass from Kadin Johnson to Landon Remmert, and the second touchdown another pass from Johnson to Remmert, this one a 25-yarder.
Two more scores were recorded in the third quarter. One of the scores was an amazing 74-yard run by Dylan Stillwell with 11:37 left in the quarter. The second score was by Jack Weaver and was a 9-yard run into the end zone with 6:17 left to go in the quarter. There were no scores in the fourth quarter.
Highland Coach Matt Jones spoke about how much it meant to his team to not only win in such dominant fashion, but to also win on senior night.
“It means everything to win on such an important night,” he said. “It’s what we talked about: Send the seniors out on their final game on their own home field and on a winning note. That was what we talked about during the week and we talked about it again yesterday. So, it means a lot. It means a lot to these seniors, it means a lot to the underclassmen. This is just a great win for everyone. It’s always a physical game with these guys (Danville). They are like us. They are a physical, hard-nosed group of kids and we were expecting a battle coming in. They are always well coached, so yeah it’s always a good physical game. We love it.”
Coach Ed Honabarger spoke about missed opportunities that his team had in the game versus Highland, but he also spoke about his team’s optimism and work ethic.
“It same old same old for us, I guess,” he said. “We shot ourselves in the foot too many times. Just can’t get over that hump. We had some opportunities to score. We didn’t follow through. You create your own breaks, and we didn’t create our own breaks. You have to keep coming to work though and work hard, hoping that you can get over that hump. We have to keep working and doing our best and try to make plays next week. Highland is big. They always have big bodies and are a physical team. We’re not the biggest this year. A lot of the time we’ve been losing that battle in terms of size differential. We’ve been getting worn down. That has been the big difference these last two weeks. Our opponents have been a lot bigger up front. Our kids keep playing, though. We’ve still been practicing hard and the kids are giving effort. We just have to get better at finishing and finishing drives.”
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