Warriors beat Rebels on last minute score
Kick returner Jakub Sisco caught the ball at the ten-yard line, broke two tackles at the 25 and scampered for a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown to tie the game at 18-18 at the 11:20 mark in the fourth. With 45 seconds left in the game, Westside running back David Fowler broke through the line for a three-yard TD run to give the Warriors the win, 25-18, over the Rebels at Highland on Sept. 22. This was Westside’s first win over Highland since the 16-0 game at the Arkansas State University stadium in October of 2008.
Westside got on the scoreboard first with a 34-yard field goal by Tristin Escue with 6:14 left in the first quarter. Jonathan Yates and Bryce Ingram stopped Fowler from getting the first down on a third and nine pass from Will Yearta.
To start the second quarter, the Warrior offense put together a 10-play, 69-yard drive for a Logan McPherson 10-yard touchdown run and a 10-0 advantage with 9:05 left in the half.
The Rebel offense answered with a seven-play, 90-yard drive for a Dylan Tharp to Samuel Stowers 35-yard pass that Stowers out jump the outstretched arms of defensive back Hunter Scott to pull in the ball and step into the end zone. The drive was kept alive by a Tharp to Brayden Matty 33-yard reception. The point-after attempt was just wide right to keep the score at 10-6.
The Highland defense forced a punt when Yates tackled receiver Hunter Taylor short of the first down. The snap rolled through punter Luke Hart’s legs. He attempted to get the punt off, but Tristan Trivitt blocked it and it was recovered at the Warrior 21-yard line.
Tharp ran the quarterback draw on first down for a 21-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion pass by Stowers came up short, but Highland had a 12-10 lead with 2:37 left in the half.
The Warriors and the Rebels were forced to punt on their first second half drives, but Rebel defensive back Colby Hopkins picked off the Yearta third down pass to Dylan Russell. Highland was unable to turn it into points.
On their next drive, Hart completed a 55-yard drive with a 36-yard touchdown run. McPherson added the two-point conversion run to retake the lead, 18-12, early in the fourth quarter.
The ensuing kickoff provided the Sisco touchdown return. The Highland defense stopped the Warriors on downs on their next drive, which included a Yearta pass being knocked down by Rebel defensive lineman Jordan Hinrichs and an Ian Smith tackle of McPherson rush off the bad snap on the field goal attempt.
Highland will travel to Brookland on Sept. 29. The Bearcats lost to the Pirates 41-0 at Gosnell last Friday.