The turning point of the game happened with five minutes left in the first quarter. Junior Rebel quarterback Avery Johnson had just outran the Pocahontas defense for a 67-yard touchdown to give Highland a 6-0 lead, but the junior Redskins stuffed the 2-point conversion failed.
On Pocahontas' first drive, P.K. Kirk completed a 67-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown and then added the 2-point conversion for the 8-6 lead and eventually, the win at Pocahontas on Oct. 21.
"Two-point conversions are big. We preach that to our kids all the time," said Junior Rebel Head Coach Spencer Hill.
Highland had its chances.
The junior Redskins fumbled the first play of the second half and linebacker Kamran Seat scooped it up and returned it to the Pocahontas 22.
The Reb offense lost eight yards, five on a false start penalty, forcing the team to punt. Seat's punt landed at the 2-yard line.
The Reb defense held and the Redskin punt gave Highland the ball at midfield.
Johnson rushed for seven on first down and then hit Cody Odell for 22 yards. Shawn Young picked up 12 on first down, but then lost six on the next play. An unsportsmanlike conduct call on Highland gave them second-and-21 from the Redskin 29.
Johnson's pass to Spenser Stowers was intercepted by Caden Wilson to stop the drive.
"We tell them all the time our kids can control two things that's their attitude and effort. Our attitude was great and our effort was there," explained Hill. "We just could not perform offensively; too many penalties and mistakes."
Pocahontas put together a 14-play drive that didn't result in any points but ate up about eight minutes of clock time.
Highland got the ball back with just over two minutes to go in the game.
Johnson completed a short pass to Seat who was gaining some yards after the catch when Jake Kellett ripped the ball from Seat's arm and secured the win for Pocahontas.
Johnson led the team with 78 yards on five carries and was three of seven for 36 yards passing.
Highland (5-3, 3-2) will play its final game at Trumann on Oct. 28.