Balance had taken the Highland junior Rebels to an undefeated conference season.
Their ability to run the ball and gain yards through the air had led the junior Rebs to a 6-1 overall record.
With Rebel Memorial Field saturated with water and acting more like a swimming pool than a football field, the Osceola Junior Seminoles used their balance to gain yards on the ground and assure themselves of a conference championship with a 34-0 victory over Highland on Oct. 23.
Even though freshman running back Sterling Stowers gained 90 yards on 19 carries in the game, many potential yards were lost to the slick conditions.
The Osceola runners were able to cut, turn and keep their footing on their way to five scores with two touchdowns coming on one-play drives.
"When you've got two backs that are as good as I've ever seen in junior high, they're tough to stop," said Junior Rebel Head Coach Spencer Hill. "They can hand it to two different guys in different ways and when you've got to stay balanced on defense to cover both guys. It put us in a bind."
The driving rain kept the junior Rebs from establishing a passing game.
Osceola threw one pass, but it was intercepted, so the junior Seminoles didn't attempt another one.
The junior Seminoles scored once in the first quarter and Highland had a chance to even the score at the end of the half.
The junior Rebs put together a 16-play drive that started at their own 25-yard line.
They had reached the Osceola 5, but a fumbled snap forced a fourth-and-15. Quinton Maag's pass to Kyle Brison in the end zone was knocked away by a junior Seminole defender.
"We had trouble getting our snaps, our shotgun. Our offense does not do well in the rain. We throw a lot more than Osceola does and rain took it out of the game. We lost our confidence of our offense there in the second half. I think it showed when we couldn't do anything with it."
The Highland junior Rebels (6-2, 4-1) will conclude their season with a road trip to Gosnell on Oct. 29.