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BLACKWELL â€” The hottest six-man football team in Nolan County has changed its address. Highland now has that distinction after defeating Blackwell, 76-60, on Friday in Blackwell for its fourth consecutive win.
Highland running back Michael Hyde ran for 331 yards and six touchdowns as his team improved to 4-3 this season. Blackwell, after starting out 6-0, suffered its first defeat despite 155 yards rushing and four TDs by Jayden Jones and 177 yards passing and three TDs by Matthew Lowry.
Highland QBs Jacob Rich-burg and Ethan Wilson were a combined 8-of-14 for 156 yards, with both of them throwing a touchdown pass to Gaga Soedarsono.
The game was full of momentum shifts.
Highland took first-half leads of 18-0 and 26-8, but Blackwell scored a pair of TDs at the end of the half to get within 26-24 and took its first lead, 32-26, on Low-ryâ€™s TD pass to Jones plus Wade Allenâ€™s extra point.
Blackwell then regained slim leads of 40-32 and 46-40 in the third quarter. Highland tied it a third time at 46-46 going to the fourth quarter, then regained the lead (54-46) on the first of four Hyde scoring runs in the final period â€” a lead the visiting Hornets would not give back though Blackwell trailed just 62-60 with 4:18 left. Franck Cano and Ted Chambliss also caught scoring passes for Blackwell and Mason Magness had a TD run. Ethan Wilson had a TD run for Highland and Isaac Rios scored on a 78-yard kickoff return. It was the final non-district game for both teams, who have an open date this week.
Albany 44, Roscoe 0
ROSCOE â€” The Lions, ranked No. 9 in Class 1A, led Roscoe just 7-0 after the first quarter before erupting for 23 points in the second stanza en route to the win.
Albany (6-0, 3-0 in dis-trict) held Roscoe (2-4, 1-2) to just 124 total yards, al-though quarterback Cutter Davila did complete 17 of 29 pass attempts.
The Lionsâ€™ Caleb Masters led all rushers as he gained 203 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Roscoe resumes play this Friday when the Plowboys travel to Ranger.