Highland may have lost to Osceola 44-7 at Rebel Memorial Field on Oct. 31, but it may be the best game the Rebels have played all season.
"Disappointment in the loss, but not as much," said Rebel Head Coach Clay Wiggins. "We played a pretty sound football game. It's just, sometimes better athletes are going to win."
Although Brandon Sharp fumbled late in the game for Highland, the Rebels were able to force four Seminole turnovers.
Returner Clarence Jones touched a Justin Bryant punt on Highland's first drive and Scott Gatewood recovered it at the Osceola 47 to extend the Rebel series.
This seemed to invigorate the Highland offense as quarterback Cannon Davis hit Eric Roberts twice for 34 yards, and almost connected with Caleb Davidson in the end zone.
Blake Martin had five rushes for 13 yards, including a 3-yard burst for a touchdown. Jeffrey Tate added the PAT and the Rebels could celebrate their first lead in a game all season.
Osceola scored on its first two drives on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Dedrick Rattler and on a Jones toss to Kevin Mosley for a 13-yard score.
The Rebel offense was forced to punt after four or five plays the rest of the game, but at least Bryant kept the Seminoles pushed back.
Before leaving the game with an injury, he had eight punts for a 36-yard average -- including a 60-yarder.
Coty Woodson recovered a halfback Zac Armstrong fumble at the Highland 29 to stop an Osceola drive.
With two minutes left in the half, Rattler snaked his way 77 yards to put the Seminoles up 21-7.
Osceola would have scored again in the half, but Davidson snatched a Jones pass meant for Rattler in the end zone.
The Seminoles scored three touchdowns in the second half.
Quarterback Tony Dancy rushed in from four yards out. The typically efficient PAT team bobbled the snap to keep the score at 27-7.
Armstrong made the score 33-7 with a 3-yard TD, and Jones connected with Rattler for a 54-yard pass to extend the lead to 41-7.
Sharp recovered a fullback Cameron Seals fumble at the 1-yard line, but the Rebel offense gave the ball back on downs at the Highland 11.
Jose Marquez completed the scoring with a 28-yard field goal on first down with 9:23 left in the game to start the 'mercy' clock.
The Seminoles had three penalties for 35 yards as compared to Highland's three penalties for 10-1/2 yards.
Martin and Sharp led the defense with 11 tackles, followed by Roberts with six.
Davis was six-for-15 with 66 yards and no interceptions. Martin had 15 carries for 55 yards. Highland (0-9, 0-7) will finish the season at Gosnell on Nov. 6.