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Junior Rebs finish on high note

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Photo/Sparks RUNNING ROOM: Sterling Stowers break free for a big run against Gosnell Oct. 29.
The loss to Osceola a week ago took away the Junior Rebel's chance for a conference championship, but a win over Gosnell would secure a strong second place finish and leave the team on a high note going into the off-season.

The junior Pirates proved to be no match for Highland's running game as the Rebels won 32-14 at Gosnell on Oct. 29.

Against Osceola, the heavy rains kept the junior Rebel offense from finding a passing attack, but Highland didn't need a passing game to beat the Pirates, since it racked up 220 yards on the ground.

Even with the horizontal rain, quarterback Quinton Maag was able to complete passes to Brennon Severn, Xavier Weiand, Michael Copeland and Kyle Brison on 2-point conversions.

Highland's first score came on its third offensive play when Sterling Stowers found a hole up the middle and took it outside for a 40-yard touchdown.

Maag ran the delayed draw for a 6-yard score with 24 seconds left in the first period for the junior Rebs' second score.

The junior Rebel offense fumbled away the ball deep in junior Pirate territory, but Copeland jumped on a Gosnell fumble two plays later in the end zone to give Highland a 24-0 advantage.

Stowers and Weiand took turns running the ball to open the second half. Stowers had 46 yards on the series, but Weiand found the goal line on a 2-yard run.

The junior Pirates picked up two scores against Highland's second team defense.

Quarterback Jake Westmoreland threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Vontre Howe to start the fourth quarter and then Westmoreland added a 10-yard scoring run with under four minutes left in the game. Howe added the 2-point conversion to complete the scoring.

Highland (7-2, 6-1) was led by Stowers' 143 yards on 12 carries, followed by Shawn Young with three carries for 37 yards all on the junior Rebs' final drive, and Weiand's five carries for 25 yards.



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