HIGHLAND — Highland trailed No. 1-ranked Ira by just eight, 16-8, in the final minute of the first quarter when Michael Hyde scored on a 10-yard run and Jacob Richburg added the PAT on Thursday. But that proved to be all the scoring the Hornets could produce as they lost 54-8 to Ira.
Highland (1-1) will make the playoffs by beating Hermleigh next week. The Cardinals (0-1) will be playing today against Rotan, which is also 0-1. Highland (5-3) saw a five-game winning streak halted while Ira improved to 9-0, 2-0.
Hyde ran for 85 yards on 14 carries to pace Highland’s run game, but the Hornets had just 10 yards passing an were held to their second lowest point total this year.
Richburg completed 3 of 12 passes and Ethan Wilson also had a pass completion for the Hornets.
Seth Wood, Hyde, Zack Cornett and Richburg all caught a pass for Highland.
Ira was led by running back Logan Morris, who rushed for 164 yards and five touchdowns.
Ira’s quarterback, Tyler Goodwin, threw for 39 yards including a TD pass to Chase Baker. Also scoring was Tanner Shifflett on a 1-yard run that allowed Ira to get a mercy-rule win in the third quarter.