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Visiting Highland held a slim 6-0 lead before exploding for 28 points in the sec-ond period of Saturdayâ€™s game with Lueders-Avoca for a 34-6 lead.
From then on, Highland was in control as it won, 52-6, for its third straight win this season.
Highland (3-3) got big games from running back Michael Hyde (236 yards, three TDs, two more receiving) and QB Jacob Richburg (6-0f-12 passing, 128 yards, five TDs) on offense and also forced four turnovers by Lueders-Avoca, which saw its record fall to 4-2.
Highland led 26-0 before Lueders-Avoca scored with 1:38 left in the half, but Richburg had enough time to connect with Hyde on a 20-yard TD pass to make it 34-6 at halftime.
Highland, which didnâ€™t have a turnover, added two more third-quarter scores and ended the scoring â€” and the game due to the 45-point rule â€” early in the fourth period on Richburgâ€™s 19-yard pass to Gaga Soe-darsono. It was the Hornetsâ€™ second straight win by the 45-point mercy rule.
Highland out-gained Lue-ders-Avoca 463-207 and just missed its first shutout of the season.
Richburg also completed a 45-yard TD pass to Hyde and 23-yard TD pass to Zack Cornett in the second quarter, as well as an 11-yard TD throw to Soedarsono in the third quarter.
Hyde, who ran 16 times, scored Highlandâ€™s first TD on a 45-yarder and began the second quarter with a 38-yard scoring run to make it 12-0. His final TD run for the Hornets came on a 25-yard run in the third quarter.
Shelby Howard recovered two fumbles and Kaden Nachlinger one, while Isaac Rios had an interception. Hyde had 12 solo tackles and four assists; Richburg had seven solos and one as-sist; Rios had five solos and three assists; Soedarsono had three solos and three assists; and Jon Basye had four solos and one assist.
Hyde and Soedarsono had two catches to pace the receivers. Howard also ran for 46 yards and Rios had 41 yards. Highland travels to Blackwell this Friday.