Squadron rallies around for second win of season

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Highland Home coach Bob Farrior missed Friday night's game against Beulah because of emergency surgery due to complications from diabetes.

That didn't stop the Flying Squadron from pouncing on Beulah 40-7 in both teams' Class 2A, Region 3 opener.

It took the Flying Squadron little time in lighting up the score\board after receiving the opening kickoff. Wingback Jessie Webb raced 57 yards on the first play from scrimmage to give HHS an early lead.

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After moving the ball out to its own 40-yard line a confused Bobcat offense decided to go for it on a fourth and third.

But the middle of the Squadron defensive unit stop the running back a yard short of the first down marker.

From there it took the Wing-T offense of HHS only five plays to cover the 45 yards as running back Darius Chambers dodged his way into the Beulah end zone from 17 yards out for the Squadron's second touchdown.

HHS led 14-0 at that point.

On the Bobcats next series the offensive unit seemed to be on track as they moved the ball down to the HHS 35-yard line.

But a key turnover stopped the drive as Chambers picked off a pass attempt at the HHS 3-yard line as the first quarter expired.

After two running plays netted only 4 yards the turnover bug bit Highland Home as fullback Rico Harris fumbled the ball at his own 11-yard line which in return was recovered by the Bobcats.

With 11:35 left in the first half Beulah tailback Curtis Thomas blasted his way into the end zone for the Bobcats' only score of the game.

Leading 14-7 the Flying Squadron's offense exposed the Bobcats' defensive secondary as quarterback Deymond Sankey hit a wide open Derrick Dulaney 20 yards, completing the one-play, 35-yard scoring drive and giving the Squadron a 20-7 advantage.

Highland Home got their fourth touchdown in five possessions as Harris broke several tackles at the line of scrimmage to score on a spectacular 38-yard run.

Harris and his HHS teammates closed out the half with an 80-yard run into the end zone with 1:36 left in the first half to give the Flying Squadron a conformable 34 -7 halftime lead.

Highland Home final touchdown of the game came on an eight-play, 50-yard drive with Anthony Merriweather covering the last 13 yards for the score.

All eyes now turn toward Luverne as the Flying Squadron and the Tigers both stand 2-0 and 1-0 in region play.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Clay Jordan Stadium on the HHS campus.