Osceola started the season with five straight losses, including two teams from the 3-4A division. Pity the opponent that thinks they are getting that Seminole team in the upcoming football playoffs.
The word is that Osceola is an undisciplined team, but what the Seminoles are is fast. Once their running backs get through the line, there is no catching them.
Highland rushers had 213 yards on 59 carries. Osceola had 327 yards on just their seven touchdown rushes.
All this led to a 49-14 Seminole win at Osceola on Oct. 22.
The Rebels made the decision not to give Osceola a chance to return a kickoff, so Ethan Hoppe kicked onside kicks each time. The opening kickoff was recovered by senior Jake Horton at the Seminole 48.
Scott Gatewood picked up six yards on first down and another two before fumbling the ball to Johnny Brown.
Two plays later, Kedrick Veasley scored on a 61-yard run.
Linebacker Will Edmondson recovered a Baylor Winston fumble on Osceola's next drive.
Jordan Brewer rushed for nine yards on first down. Gatewood picked up five, but fumbled it to Brown to stop the drive at the Seminole 38.
Not Osceola's best drive, it started with a holding penalty, then a bad snap for a 23-yard loss and eventually another bad snap on fourth down to give Highland the ball at the 9-yard line.
The Reb offense would not score. Brewer lost two on first down. Sterling Stowers lost two on second, followed by two incomplete passes in the end zone.
Veasley rushed for an 85-yard touchdown on second down to give Osceola a 13-0 lead.
Starting at its own 36-yard line, Highland marched 64 yards for a touchdown.
Brewer had 43 yards on five rushes including a 13-yard touchdown run. Hoppe made his PAT to cut the score to 13-7 with just under 11 minutes left in the half.
Osceola responded with a Fred Scales 62-yard TD run on first play of the next series.
Oddly enough, Highland almost, and should have, recovered the previous kickoff, because they had four players around the ball.
Once again, the Reb offense was able to move the ball against the Seminoles.
Brewer rushed for two yards on second down and was lost for the game because of a shoulder injury. Horton came in to give Highland 16 yards on four carries. Gatewood added nine yards on three carries and 14 yards on two receptions. After an incompletion between Stowers and Hoppe in the end zone, Hoppe's 28-yard field goal attempt was just wide right.
The Seminoles finished off the half with a 10-play, 80-yard drive for a 5-yard Scales score and a 27-7 halftime lead. Korliss Marshall had scored on this drive, but a vicious hit that knocked Garrett Sublett out of the game negated the touchdown. Not because it was unsportsmanlike, but because it was a block-in-the back penalty.
Brown recovered his third fumble when Stowers lost the ball on the third play of the second half.
The Seminoles did not turn it into points.
Highland drove 62 yards for its second score; a 3-yard Horton run. Horton had 40 rushing yards on this drive and Gatewood added 15 yards.
Once again, a Highland score was followed by a one-play Osceola drive -- a 51-yard Veasley score. Marshall added the 2-point conversion for a 35-14 advantage.
Marshall got a touchdown on the Seminoles drive; an 8-yard pitch to the left. Winston hit Brown for the 2-point conversion and 43-14 lead.
Scales completed the scoring with a 55-yard run. The 2-point conversion was no good, but the competition clock started with 11:38 left in the game.
Brewer led the team with 56 yards on nine carries in one half of work. Gatewood rushed 16 times for 51 yards.
Highland (5-2, 2-2) needs a win over Pocahontas at home on Oct. 21 or against Trumann at home on Oct. 28 to ensure itself of a playoff berth.