HIGHLAND â€” Highland trailed No. 1-ranked Ira by just eight, 16-8, in the final minute of the first quarter when Michael Hyde scored on a 10-yard run and Jacob Richburg added the PAT on Thursday. But that proved to be all the scoring the Hornets could produce as they lost 54-8 to Ira.
Highland (1-1) will make the playoffs by beating Hermleigh next week. The Cardinals (0-1) will be playing today against Rotan, which is also 0-1. Highland (5-3) saw a five-game winning streak halted while Ira improved to 9-0, 2-0.
Hyde ran for 85 yards on 14 carries to pace Highlandâ€™s run game, but the Hornets had just 10 yards passing an were held to their second lowest point total this year.
Richburg completed 3 of 12 passes and Ethan Wilson also had a pass completion for the Hornets.
Seth Wood, Hyde, Zack Cornett and Richburg all caught a pass for Highland.
Ira was led by running back Logan Morris, who rushed for 164 yards and five touchdowns.
Iraâ€™s quarterback, Tyler Goodwin, threw for 39 yards including a TD pass to Chase Baker. Also scoring was Tanner Shifflett on a 1-yard run that allowed Ira to get a mercy-rule win in the third quarter.