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Highland unbeaten after thrilling victory

SK wins but Mid-Prairie, Columbus, WACO lose
Sep 10, 2018

By Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports


Friday night saw the Huskies of Highland stay ubeaten with a last-second field goal and Sigourney-Keota edge Albia while Mid-Prairie had the lead on the ninth-ranked team in Class 1A before losing. WACO lost on the road to the third-ranked Tigers at New London and Columbus lost at home.

Highland 25, Lynville-Sully 22

Down 16-0 to a team that was ranked third in Class A the previous week, Trey Lasek got the Huskies rolling at home with a 72-yard touchdown run. Trailing 16-8 at halftime, Highland couldn’t move the ball after getting the second-half kickoff and the visitors scored on a flea-flicker for a 22-8 lead.

Highland (3-0) answered with a TD drive capped by a Lasek sneak for a 22-14 deficit.

Mason McFarland caught a 17-yard scoring pass from Lasek and the two-point conversion to tie the score with about 5 minutes remaining.

“The kids believe they can win and that makes a huge difference in a game,” Highland coach Scott Morel said. “The kids are trusting the process.”

The process involved tweaking the defense a little and putting Zack Lasek in the middle. The decision paid off when he made a crucial stop on fourth-and-1 at midfield.

Highland was able to get in position for a successful Brody Burton field goal with 6 seconds on the clock for the win. Burton also recovered a fumble earlier in the game and returned for 35 yards.

Trey Lasek was 4 of 14 passing for 54 yards and rushed 21 times for 155 yards.

Burton made seven tackles on defense including two for loss.

Highland plays at Lisbon Friday.

Sigourney-Keota 22, Albia 14

The visitors (0-3) scored one of their two TDs on an 84-yard punt return, but the Cobras defense held Albia to just 60 total yards.

“This game was truly a team victory.  We battled through muddy conditions and a sloppy mess to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to tie and take the lead,” SK coach Jared Jensen said. “The defense played tremendously well giving up a TD on a short field on Albia’s first offensive series and the other score came on a punt return TD. Our offense  made plays when we needed to and dominated time of possession and first downs, which gave us an edge on field position throughout the night.”

JD Stout gave the Cobras an 8-6 lead with 2:01 left in the first quarter on a quarterback sneak. Stout tied it with 9:10 left in the game with a 34-yard scamper. One minute, 24 seconds later, Carson Crawford broke loose for a 73-yard score.

Crawford finished with 262 yards on 30 carries. Stout had 66 yards on 13 rushes.

The Cobras (2-1) play at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Friday.

Wilton 22, Mid-Prairie 6

The Golden Hawks (0-3) lost their home opener. Mid-Prairie took an early 6-0 lead just 20 seconds into the game when Tom Butters caught a pass from Justin Schwartz for a 65-yard touchdown. The ninth-ranked Beavers (3-0) scored twice before the first quarter ended for a 14-6 lead and added a third-quarter score.

Brad Tornow was 5 of 16 passing. Schwartz caught three passes for 14 yards.

Jack Baker led Mid-Prairie on defense with 12.5 tackles. Grant Boyse and Rex pack had 7.5 apiece and Butters made seven stops.

Mid-Prairie plays at Iowa City Liberty Friday.

Louisa-Muscatine 42, Columbus 0

The Wildcats lost at home to the Falcons (2-1).

“Three players accounted for most of our defensive stats,” Columbus head coach Scott Symmonds said. “Gauge Storm and Jose Cerezo contributed great efforts, combining for 11 stops. Big plays by Louisa Muscatine proved to be our Achilles heel, and we need to execute our tackling and positioning, if we want to be competitive in the future.”

Chance Colby led the defense with seven solo tackles and five assists.

The Wildcats had 91 yards of offense, all on the ground. Colby carried 21 times for 55 yards.

Columbus (0-3) plays at North Cedar of Stanwood Friday.

New London 71, WACO 12

Colton Horak’s 58-yard TD reception gave WACO a 7-6 deficit and Horak’s 2-yard TD run made it a 25-12 score before the first quarter ended. The Warriors never scored again and trailed 46-12 at halftime.

Turnovers hurt the Warriors with three fumbles lost and three interceptions. New london did not have a turnover.

Nik Coble went 11 of 29 passing for 162 yards while Horak finished with 68 yards on 13 carries and 107 yards on seven receptions.

WACO (2-2) hosts Montezuma Friday.

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