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October 20, 2016 Highland defense shines in 28-0 shutout of L-M
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LETTS - It was clear from the opening play, the amount of respect Louisa-Muscatine defense had for the Highland defense as they reached into their bag of tricks on their opening play of what would be a 28-0 win for the Huskies Friday night.

Though the play went for a first down, the defense stayed at home to avoid a big play that could have given Louisa-Muscatine the lead after Highland was forced to punt.

“I guess I wasn’t surprised by it,” said Donovan of the opening call. “They’re trying to build momentum, it’s senior night…so it didn’t surprise me. Even though we gave up the play, we didn’t give up a huge play. So, I thought we handled that well and I thought we really buckled down after that.”

After a quick first quarter, with only one offensive possession for the Falcons, the second quarter drive chart looked like this: fumble, interception, punt, interception. Trey Lasek jumped on a high snap from the center and Chase Rath and Trey Lasek both set up the Highland offense in great field possession, at the 25, 16, and 27 respectively.

As Highland locked down the Falcons’ offense, their own used a 21 point second quarter to build a three score lead at the half. Just into the quarter, Trey Lasek ran it in from six for Highland’s first score. After the field possession gifted by the fumble was squandered, Highland Trey Lasek almost literally walked in untouched from three after Rath’s interception.

Lasek scored his third touchdown with a reception from 15 yards to make it 21-0, but could not make his interception count for anything before the half, granted the offense had just 3.9 seconds and one play to make an attempt.

Wood finished 19/31 for 205 and the two scores, and Trent Lasek was his top target with 10 catches for 97 yards. Trey Lasek accumulated just 63 yards on 24 carries, but did have the two scores and the two interceptions and the fumble recovery.

Johnny Poeschel led the team with 7.5 tackles, with a tackle for loss, while Blake Donovan accounted for two Highland sacks.

“Defensively we’ve played great the past two weeks. If we can do that one more week, pitch another shutout, that’d be a great way to end the year,” said Donovan.

The win served as a milestone victory for Head Coach Joe Donovan, his 100th as a head coach. With the win, Donovan moves to 9-8 in charge of the Huskies after stints as head coach at Montezuma, West Liberty, and Pekin. He collected a career-high 11 wins in his last year at Pekin in 2014, part of back-to-back trips to the state quarterfinals.

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