Hornets sting 'Cats

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

HIGHLAND — In 2018, Highland had one of its closest games in a season-opening 32-28 football road victory at Lenorah Grady. It was a much different story, however, when the Hornets played host to the Wildcats in their 2019 opener on Friday as Highland grabbed control in a dominant 54-8 win.
Highland amassed 338 yards of offense, while its defense limited Grady's offense to 59, 58 of it on the ground. Highland also recovered three fumbles and the offense finished with just one turnover.
Jacob Hamilton (122 yards rushing) ran for three touchdowns which measured 3, 10 and 31 yards. Quarterback Sam Spaulding also had a very solid night, as he completed 7 of 11 passes for 131 yards and three scores, two to Dylan Jeffrey and one to Chase Crosson. Jeffrey had three catches for 79 yards to lead Highland receivers while Hamilton had two catches and Crosson and Kreed Turney one.
Ryan Garrett (8 carries, 60 yards) scored on a 6-yard TD run while Turney had a 2-yard TD run to end the game by the mercy rule with 5:42 left in the fourth quarter.
Highland trailed 8-6 early, but finished on a 48-0 run.
The top defenders were Dominique Gonzales (four solo tackles including three for a loss, four assists, shared sack), Hamilton (four solo tackles, three assists), Crosson (two solo stops, four assists), Max Ferguson (two solos, three assists, shared sack), Jeffrey (one solo, four assisted stops, one tackle for a loss), Seth Garrett (three solo tackles) and Ruger Dunivan (one solo tackle and two assists).
Highland will travel to Blackwell this Friday.