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Junior Rebs pick up 'marquee victory'

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Photo/Sparks BOTTLED UP: Carr Hill (74) and Tyler Delardy combine to make a stop in the junior Rebs' win over Newport.
Highland junior Rebel Head Coach Spencer Hill called his team's 14-8 win over the junior Greyhounds at Newport on Sept. 17 "a marquee victory for our junior high."

Down 8-6 with about four minutes left in the game, the junior Rebs marched 52 yards for the go-ahead score.

A Xavier Wiend 1-yard rush up the middle, followed by quarterback Quinton Maag's 2-point conversion sealed the victory.

"That drive started with that fourth down stop," explained Hill. "That was big on fourth-and-1 and they give the ball to that big 230-pound running back of theirs and we just stuffed them. That gave us the momentum to give us a good long drive."

The drive was a heavy dose of running back Sterling Stowers, who rushed six times for 16 yards.

But it was the 30-yard pass from Maag to Michael Copeland to the 1-yard line that set up the touchdown.

Highland got on the scoreboard in the first half when Wiend found the end zone from two yards out with 42 seconds left in the half.

The drive started when defensive lineman Carr Hill recovered a junior Greyhound fumble at the junior Rebel 37-yard line.

The big play of the drive came when Stowers threw a 39-yard halfback pass to Kyle Brison on third-and-5 to get the junior Rebs deep into Newport territory.

The only blemish on the Rebel defense was a 29-yard touchdown from Markell Killingsworth to Martavious Green late in the third quarter.

"Defense was lights out. We gave up one long touchdown pass on fourth-and-16," said Hill. "Other than that, they pitched a shutout against a team that is so much faster than we are. Our defense played really hard, took good pursuit angles and just played defense the way they're supposed to."

Stowers carried the ball 19 times for 67 yards. Maag was two-of-six for 43 yards to go with 20 yards on five carries.

Highland (2-1) will host Trumann on Sept. 24.

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