Using a stingy defense and a quick hitting offense, the Junior Rebels quickly dispatched Brookland 40-14 on Sept. 20 at Highland.
The Rebel defense allowed just 52 yards of Bearcat's offense in the first half, while the Reb offense amassed 230 yards in the same amount of time.
Brookland's lone bright spot in the first half came on a 85-yard kickoff return by Joey Vore, otherwise it was all Highland.
The Bearcat's got two chances on their first drive. Forced to punt on fourth-and-14, the officials ruled that the Brookland punt touched a Rebel player and was recovered by the Bearcats. Brookland would punt again on fourth-and-11 just four plays later.
Trace French was this game's designated workhorse, accounting for 96 yards on five carries. After Brody Ninemire picked up 13 yards on first down, French rumbled 24 yards to setup Reid Maag's nine-yard touchdown run. French added the conversion for the early 8-0 lead.
Vore made the score 8-6 with his kickoff return.
Rebel kick returner Skyler Burton gave Highland good position at the Bearcat's 40, and Maag found Jake Berton wide open for the 40-yard touchdown pass. Ninemire's conversion pushed Highland's lead to 16-6.
A facemask penalty on Highland gave Brookland's offense a little momentum, but they gave the ball back on downs at midfield.
Ninemire took the Maag swing pass for 27 yards, Maag hit Burton for another 17, and French finished the drive off with a seven-yard sweep and a one-yard TD run. French also added the two-point conversion for a 24-6 advantage.
Maag returned the next Brookland punt to the Bearcat's 37.
French blasted his way for nine yards. Ninemire picked up 20 and then scored on an eight-yard run. French swept in for the extra points to make it 32-6 with 3:41 left in the half.
Creston Duncan intercepted a Garrett Barnes pass to stop Brookland's next drive.
On first down, French found an opening for a 55-yard touchdown scamper. Ninemire added the conversion for the Rebels final score with two minutes left in the half.
With the competition clock running throughout the second half, Highland's opening drive was led by Cygh Hale's 49-yard run and Talon Blackhawk's 12-yard spring, but the series stalled at the Brookland eight. The Bearcats put together a 12-play, 92-yard scoring drive that concluded with Vore sweeping in for a 15-yard touchdown. Devin Hale added the two-points.
Maag was three of three for 84 yards for Highland (4-0, 2-0), and Ninemire had three carries for 43 yards.