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Picked by one area publication to finish last in their respective districts, Nolan Countyâ€™s two six-man foot-ball teams have proved to be anything but pushovers during the non-district por-tion of their schedules.
And both Highland (4-2) and Blackwell (3-3) â€” who end non-district play Friday by facing each other in their â€śBattle of the Hornetsâ€ť at Highland â€” had lopsided wins Saturday while playing in front of friendly homecoming crowds.
BLACKWELL 54, MORAN 8
Jayden Jones (184 yards rushing) scored four touchdowns and Kaleb Edwards, Wade Allen, Cody Shamblin and Franck Cano one each for Blackwell. Edwards, Jones and Allen caught TD passes against Moran (0-6) and the Hornets finished with 293 yards on just 27 snaps. While most of the damage came on 226 yards rushing, Blackwell also had an effective passing game as Ethan Andrews was 6-of-7 for 67 yards and three TDs. Ted Chambliss caught two balls and Jones, Edwards, Allen and Mark Monroe one. On defense, Jones had an interception and Trustan Cox recovered a fumble and the teamâ€™s top tacklers were Mason Magness (six solos and four assists), Chambliss (six solos and one assist), Jones (three solos and three assists), Cano (three solos and two assists), Monroe (three solos and one assist), Edwards (one solo and four assists) and Cox (one solo and three assists).
HIGHLAND 62, LUEDERS-AVOCA 16
Highland also had a dom-inant running attack (317 yards) in winning its fourth straight game of the season. Michael Hyde ran 16 times for 193 yards and four TDs; Shelby Howard ran for 92 yards and three TDs; and Ron Covington also ran for a score. Highland also got on the scoreboard when Gaga Soedarsono returned a kickoff 62 yards for a first-quarter TD to give Highland the lead for good.
Hyde had scoring runs of 27, 6, 42 and 15 yards for the Hornets; Howard scored on runs of 2, 17 and 10 yards; and Covington scored on a 17-yard run. Howard also caught two passes and Soe-darsono one from Highland quarterback Jacob Richburg against Lueders-Avoca.
Highland finished the night with 339 total yards and recovered four fumbles, two by Howard and one by Covington and Soedarsono. Hyde had six solo tackles and four assists; Soedarsono had five solo tackles and three assists; and Howard had five solo tackles and three assists.
Soedarsonoâ€™s long kickoff return came eight seconds after Lueders-Avoca had tied the game 8-8 on a 30-yard scoring pass and extra point kick. Hyde and Howard each had three TD runs during a 40-0 game-ending run that allowed Highland to pull away.