Highland, Blackwell roll

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The 2017 football season may be headed for a Blackwell-Highland showdown Nov. 9 for the District 7-1A, D-II title after both teams won big on Friday in their district openers. Highland blanked Trent 50-0, while Blackwell was a 58-18 winner over Loraine in its contest.
Blackwell is 8-0 overall after its win over Loraine (3-5).
The teams played to a first-quarter deadlock (12-12) until Blackwell started to pull away.
Quarterback Brandon Brinkman had a huge game for the Hornets as he threw for seven touchdowns. He also rushed for 152 yards and one touchdown, caught one pass and had two tackles. Hunter Clark had four catches for 109 yards and three touchdowns; he also ran for 54 yards on six totes and had nine tackles and one interception. Cameron Coldiron caught five passes for 61 yards and three touchdowns, ran nine times for 74 yards and had nine tackles.
Joe Sanchez (10 tackles, one fumble recovery) and Nathaniel Shipman (nine tackles, three fumble recoveries) led the defense. Michael Lowry finished with seven tackles, Devin Clower six, Cade McKee four and Hunter Perry two.
Brinkman was 12-of-19 for 220 yards. Orrin Sirmons had three catches for 55 yards, and Lowry completed his only pass.
Highland (6-2) beat Trent by the 45-point rule in just two quarters after a 30-point first period and 20-point second stanza. The last score was a 30-yard pass with 4:05 left thrown from Max Ferguson to Richard Fomby, which was the Hornets’ only pass. Highland recovered four fumbles and intercepted a pass on defense to preserve its shutout of Trent (0-8), which finished the game with negative-one total yards.
Eli Sauer was the top rusher with 94 yards and had two rushing TDs, as did Montgomery. Highland also got a rushing TD from Dakota Bowen and Jacob Hamilton. The other Highland rushers were Fomby, Dalton McGlothlin, Seth Garrett, Baily Garrett and Hayden Adams.
Montgomery had three solo tackles and one assist; Fomby had two tackles and one assist; Baily Garrett had one tackle and three assists; Bowen and Hamilton had two tackles; and Ferguson and Dylan Jeffrey had one tackle and one assist.