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Finishing on a high note

Thursday, November 6, 2008

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A STEP AHEAD: Junior Rebel Jody Wood gets in front of Gosnell's Billy Gist. Photo/Sparks
What a way to finish an up-and-down season.

The Highland junior Rebels scored on all but two drives on their way to a 44-12 victory over Gosnell at home on Oct. 30.

The junior Pirates fumbled the opening kickoff and eighth-grader Sterling Stowers made them pay with a 19-yard sweep for a score on first down.

Highland's defense forced Gosnell to give up the ball on downs at the junior Pirate 29, and quarterback Garrett Sublett hit paydirt on an 8-yard run up the middle. Sublett found Ben Markway to add two points.

Either Gosnell's offense was over confident or they don't have a punter, because the junior Pirates went for it again on fourth down from their own 39.

Xavier Weiand blasted in from the 2-yard line and Sublett found Cotie Lacount on the quick pass for a 22-0 lead.

Gosnell put together a 12-play drive, but Vontre Howe fumbled at the junior Pirate 47, recovered for Highland by Cody Price.

Again, Stowers needed one play to pick up a 47-yard touchdown. Sublett tossed it to Michael Copeland for a 30-0 halftime lead.

The Rebels slowed down to start the second half, failing to score on their first two drives. On the other hand, the junior Pirates finally found a way to get on the board.

Jake Westmoreland rumbled in from one yard out and Jordan Fells picked up a 5-yard TD. They were unable to complete either 2-point conversion.

Jody Wood scampered 31 yards for another junior Reb score with three minutes left in the game.

Linebacker Jace Powell recovered a Westmoreland fumble at the Gosnell 37 on the junior Pirates' first play of the next series.

At fullback, Powell scored on a 1-yard rush, and Seth Morris added the conversion to complete the scoring.

Michael Moore led the Rebel defense with 12 tackles followed by J.J. Moore with nine and Weiand with seven.

Stowers led the Reb offense with 131 yards on seven carries. Highland (4-5, 3-4) had 10 players carry the ball in this game.

"That's exactly how you want to finish the season -- playing probably our best game," said junior Rebel Head Coach Spencer Hill. "I think their best football is ahead of them."



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