Highland cruises to 62-0 victory
By ROB HAMILTON
For the second time this season, the Highland football team had a game cut short by inclimate weather.
Also for the second time, the Scots didn’t need those missing minutes of action.
Highland raced out to a 56–0 lead in the first half against the host Ridgedale Rockets and added one more score in the third quarter before the game was called after eight minutes due to rain and lightning moving into the area.
It didn’t take any time at all for the Scots, who scored on all eight of their first half possessions, to light up the scoreboard.
After Kyle Minyo took the opening kickoff to the 46, the Scots brought out a dominating ground game that included a 29-yard run by Shawn Beltz that put them in scoring position. Beltz also scored, as he ran the ball in from 12 yards out. Quenton Miller, who hit eight extra point kicks on the night, followed to make the score 7–0.
Highland then forced a three-and-out from the Rockets — which also became a trend during the game. In the first half, Ridgedale only obtained one first down, which came due to a defensive holding penalty against the Scots.
Beltz had a good return on the Rocket punt, taking the ball to the Ridgedale two-yard line. One play later, he took the ball in and Highland led 14–0.
Highland’s next possession also was a short one, as Minyo scored on a 46-yard run to make the score 21–0 on the second play of the drive.
The Rockets then immediately fumbled the ball, giving the Scots possession on the Rocket 26. Four plays later, Minyo got his second score of the game on a 14-yard run and the locals led 28–0.
After Ridgedale’s next punt, the Scots had the ball on their own 38. An 11-yard run by James Cochran got the ball to midfield and, after a couple short rushing plays, Beltz went for 28 yards to move the ball to the Rocket 18 to end the first quarter.
Four plays into the second period, quarterback Josh Gahm dove in from the one to make the score 35–0.
David Fisher got into the act on Highland’s next possession, as he finished off a 54-yard drive with a scoring run that ate the last 28 yards of that total and made the score 42–0.
Gahm would score on another short carry on Highland’s next possession and freshman Andrew Davis got into the act with a 64-yard scoring run late in the second quarter to stake his team to a 56–0 lead at the intermission.
The Scots added one more touchdown in the second half before the game was called and they moved to 4–3, 4–2 in league play.