Hornets tumble in conference clash

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Harrisburg (1-5, 0-3 4A-3) and Highland played to a 7-7 tie after one quarter of play in what looked like the makings of a tight contest. The Rebels took control in the second quarter outscoring the Hornets 26-0 on their way to a 53-27 win this past Friday in Harrisburg.

Hornet Joey McGill puts the crunch on Highland's running back during 4A-3 football action this past Friday in Harrisburg. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

The Rebels took the opening kickoff and used the running and passing game to march downfield scoring form three yards out with 8:30 left. The extra-point to make it 7-0 Highland. Harrisburg came right back and answered with a Connor Haag to Cade Condra touchdown pass to make it 7-6. Walker Hammond's PAT was good make it 7-7 with 3:34 left. Highland drove to the Hornets 32-yard line before turning the ball over on downs with 1:59 remaining.

The Hornets returned the favor turning the ball over on downs at the Highland 35-yard line with just over 11 minutes left in the second quarter. The Rebels put together a nice drive the ended with a four yard touchdown run. The extra-point was no good leaving the score 13-7 with 8:36 left. The Rebels took advantage of a turnover by the Hornets as they drove 33 yards scoring on an 11 yard run with 6:11 left. The two-point conversion was good to make the score 21-7 Rebels. Haag fumbled the ball while back for a pass attempt as Highland recovered at the Hornets' 23-yard line. Highland scored on a four yard run making it 27-7 with 4:15 left before half. The two-point pass play was no good. The Rebels tacked on another score before the half on a touchdown pass to make the score 33-7 with 2:05 left. The two-point conversion was no good. The score stayed 33-7 as the teams went to halftime.

Harrisburg got the ball to start the second half and facing fourth and 12, Haag found Dillon Russell behind the secondary for a 52 yard touchdown strike with 9:44 left in the third. Hammond was good on the PAT to make it 33-14 Rebels. Highland scored on a 30 yard run with 8:51 left. The two-point conversion run to made it 41-14 Highland. Highland got an interception on a tipped ball to take possession only to see Brandon Jones strip the ball a couple plays later giving the Hornets the ball on their own 17-yard line with 6:25 left. Harrisburg couldn't capitalize and had to punt the ball back to the Rebels. Highland found the end zone again with just under two minutes left in the quarter. Jones blocked the extra-point leaving the score 47-14 with 1:56 left in the third quarter.

Harrisburg's Cade Condra makes the catch despite being drilled by a Highland defender during high school football action this past Friday. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Harrisburg's Arizona Sharp scored on a six yard run with 5:33 left in the game. Hammond was good on his extra-point to make it 47-21 Highland. Dillon Russell picked up a loose ball and returned it 40 yards for a Hornet touchdown to make the score 47-27 with 5:15 left. Hammond's point-after was no good. Highland recovered the onside kick before driving down and scoring on a four yard run with 1:28 left in the game. The PAT was no good leaving the score at 53-27. Highland recovered a Harrisburg fumble with less than a minute left and ran the clock out to end the game.

Coach Sean Hammond filled in for Coach Keith Davis who was with his dad for medical reasons. "Coach Davis' dad had surgery and our prayers are with him as he's the foremost in our mind right now," Hammond said. "We tried to take advantage of what Highland was giving us and we did that early.

Haag passed for 140 yards with two touchdowns on the night. Condra had six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown as Russell had five catches for 40 yards and a score. Sharp rushed for 46 yards with Russell adding 45 yards on the ground.

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