It's amazing what a little confidence will do for a team.
The Highland junior Rebels followed up their come-from-behind win at Trumann with a dominating 44-30 win over Westside at home on Oct. 2.
Highland (3-2, 2-1) got contributions from quarterback Garrett Sublett, three-of-seven for 24 yards, 45 yards on six carries and one touchdown, and from fullback Michael Moore on six carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
But mainly, the junior Rebels got a big night from running back Sterling Stowers, who ran for 171 yards on nine carries, caught two passes for 15 yards, and had 106 return yards on an interception, a punt and a kickoff. Stowers scored three times for the junior Rebs.
"We were able to run and throw the ball, so we had their defense on its heels," said junior Rebel Head Coach Spencer Hill. "You could just see the confidence coming from our offense all night."
Jalen Belleton started the game by recovering a fumble by running back Dylan Clark at the Warrior 44.
Highland turned that into a Sublett 39-yard TD run, followed by a Stowers' 2-point conversion with less than two minutes gone in the game.
"We haven't done that all year. We haven't capitalized on other people's mistakes a lot this year," said Hill.
The junior Warriors didn't give up as they were able to get within eight, 30-22, with about four minutes left in the third.
"We jumped out to that 22-point lead and I think we got a little complacent," explained Hill. "We're going to have to work on that."
Belleton and J.J. Moore led the Reb defense with 12 tackles.
Highland will travel to Valley View on Oct. 9.