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TRENT â€” The Highland Hornets put up a respecta-ble defensive effort in their opening game with Bryson on Thursday, but managed just one score as the Cow-boys won the contest 24-8.
Highland got its touch-down on Tyler Falconâ€™s 3-yard run in the first quarter. Steven Tester kicked the PAT to tie the game at 8, but the Hornets didnâ€™t score again. Meanwhile, Bryson came back with two more touchdowns to seal the win. The game was played at Trent as part of the Rumble in the Jungle Classic.
The game was pretty even statistically as Bryson had 252 yards (136 rushing, 116 passing) to Highlandâ€™s 217 (121 rushing, 86 passing). Peyton Howard had 59 yards on five runs and Falcon 46 on 10 to pace the Hornets, while Tester had 30 yards on nine carries.
Highlandâ€™s quarterback, Ron Covington, went 5-of-14 for 86 yards including a 59-yard throw to Tester. Toby Falcon had two catch-es, while Tyler Falcon and Jordan Rowan also had receptions. Rowan and Howard recovered fumbles.
Other defensive standouts included Michael Hyde with eight solo tackles and four assists; Tester with eight solo tackles and two assists; Tyler Falcon with seven solo tackles and four assists; Shelby Howard with five solo tackles and two assists; and Covington with four solo tackles and five assists. Highland travels to Loraine this Friday.