It took just three plays from scrimmage for Trumann to sink the Rebels' chances for a three-seed in the upcoming playoffs.
The Rebels had difficulty with running; stopping the Wildcats and starting their own, which led to a 42-21 victory for Trumann at Highland on Nov. 4.
On the second play from scrimmage, the Wildcats' junior quarterback Jimmy Creecy slithered 53 yards for a touchdown.
Highland followed with a six-play, 53-yard drive to tie the game on senior Scott Gatewood's 3-yard TD. Sophomore quarterback Sterling Stowers hit Ben Markway for an 18-yard gain and also ran for 11 yards on third-and-3 to get Gatewood in position.
Trumann kick returner Dustin Miller took Ethan Hoppe's kick at the 18 and found a path along the sideline for an 82-yard score to regain the lead at 14-7 with just three minutes gone in the game.
Thanks to a 9-yard pass to junior Garrett Sublett, Highland managed one first down on the next drive, but gave up the ball on downs four plays later.
On first down, Creecy hit Miller over the middle and the Wildcat receiver raced the rest of the way for a 65-yard touchdown.
Highland was forced to punt on its next possession.
Trumann took a 28-7 lead when senior Quin Holman added a 4-yard TD with 51 seconds left in the first quarter.
"The thing is, we couldn't stop them defensively. They're attacking our edges," explained Rebel Head Coach Clay Wiggins. "The guys that have had the most success against us have all attacked our edges. We've had a hard time containing their edges."
The Reb defense finally forced a Wildcat punt, but gave up another score on Trumann's next series. Kervin Dunhoo rushed up the middle and to the left for 24 yards and a fifth first-half score.
The Rebel offense marched down to the Trumann 33 to start the second half on the back of a 10-yard pass to Sublett and a 10-yard run by Stowers, but Anthony Rusher picked off a pass intended for Markway at the 4-yard line.
The Rebel defense forced Trumann to punt on the following drive and got the ball back on downs when senior Will Edmondson and sophomore Xavier Weiand sacked Creecy for an 8-yard loss on fourth down at the Rebel 21.
Wildcat junior Quentin Buchanan put up Trumann's final score on a 5-yard run to make it 42-7 and start the competition clock. Trumann kicker Luis Gutierrez made all of his point-after attempts.
A messy end of the game saw Highland recover three fumbles and an onside kick. The first fumble Markway literally ripped from Dunhoo's arms.
These turnovers led to two late scores for Highland.
A 2-yard run by sophomore Dalton Woods and 30-yard touchdown by Weiand.
Senior running back Jake Horton led the Rebel rushers with 11 carries and 52 yards followed by Gatewood with 35 yards on 11 rushes. Stowers was 8-of-25 for 88 yards and added 21 yards on 11 carries.
Highland, which finished 6-3, 3-3 in the 3-4A tied for third with Trumann and Osceola, will travel to Star City, the 8-4A champion, as the fifth seed on Nov. 12. The Bulldogs were undefeated in conference play. Their only losses were to Lonoke and Harmony Grove.