BLACKWELL — 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-ry’s TD pass to Jones plus Wade Allen’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 — 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 — 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 Lions’ 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.