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Junior Rebs dominate rival Redskins

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Photo/Sparks TIGHTROPE: Junior Rebel Dalton Woods works his way down the sideline against Pocahontas.
Highland scored on all of its first half possessions and one of Pocahontas' to beat the junior Redskins 30-6 on Oct. 15 in Pocahontas, keeping the junior Rebs perfect in conference play.

A 31-yard pass from Quinton Maag to Michael Copeland set up a Sterling Stowers 13-yard touchdown for the Junior Rebs' first score.

"We're just playing really good right now. I can't really say much more about what our kids are doing," said Junior Rebel Head Coach Spencer Hill. "We're just playing with a lot of confidence."

The Skins were on an extended drive when quarterback Kyle Thielemier threw an interception to Xavier Weiand, who returned it 70-plus yards for the touchdown.

Defensive back Chase Evans pressured Thielemier into throwing the pick.

Stower had to work for the 2-point conversion as he took the pitch left, but had to bring all the way back to the right.

"That interception return for a touchdown was huge," explained Hill. "That broke it wide open and got their heads down a little bit. That's what our team does well. When we get teams down, we go in for the kill."

Weiand received a gift when Stowers weaved his way for a 37-yard gain to the 2-yard line, and Weiand took it the rest of the way for the score. Maag added the conversion for a 22-0 lead with 6:25 left in the half.

The big Redskin running backs were moving the ball once again when quarterback Jeffrey Robinson threw an interception to Stowers.

After two incomplete Maag passes, Stowers took the fourth down carry around the right side and dove into the end zone for Highland's final touchdown.

Maag hit Ethan Hoppe to make the score 30-0 at the end of the half.

P.K. Kirk posted Pocahontas' only score after a nine-play drive when he found a hole up the middle for a 5-yard score. The conversion attempt was stopped by the Reb defense.

Stowers had 120 yards on eight carries. Maag was three-of-five for 74 yards passing with Copeland tallying 61 yards on two receptions.

Highland (1-6, 5-0) will host Osceola on Oct. 22 for the 3-4A junior high championship. There is a 6 p.m. kickoff.

"We're going to have to play extremely well. We're going to have to play great defense and we're going to have to score some points. That's just what you have to do in a championship game," said Hill.

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