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A stout Highland defense pitched a near shutout, leading the Huskies to an 18-8 win at Class A No. 5 Alburnett on Friday, Aug. 31.
With just 59 seconds left in regulation, the Pirates scored their only points on their final offensive play of the game.
Head coach Scott Morel praised his defense.
“Our kids really followed the game plan well,” Morel said. “They were really flying toward the ball. I think they’re figuring out what we’re doing.”
He added that the outside linebackers did an excellent job forcing the Alburnett runners inside, where they were swallowed up by the inside linebackers.
“They did a great job setting the edge,” he said.
In the first quarter, the Highland defense forced two fumbles, recovering both of them.
The offense could not capitalize on the first one, but on the second fumble – on the Pirate 9-yard line – the Huskies eventually found the end zone on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Trey Lasek to Cory Stewart with 15 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Huskies found the end zone two more times in the second quarter.
With 7:23 left in the half, Cole Adamson ran in from 14 yards out.
At the 4:23 mark, Lasek broke through for a 75-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper.
The Highland defense frustrated the Pirates all night. Alburnett struggled to gain any yardage in the first half, managing only two first downs in the half.
The Huskies came out in the second half with a clock-eating drive that took more than four minutes off the clock.
The drive ended when the Huskies could not convert a fourth-and-goal from inside the one.
The Pirate offense made some adjustments, though, and started moving the ball downfield in the third quarter.
“They made some adjustments and started making snaps to the upback,” Morel said.
Lasek put an end to the drive, though, with an interception at the goal line on a fourth down play.
Lasek stopped another Pirate drive with an interception at the Highland 43.
Lasek’s two interceptions punctuated a strong night he had on both sides of the ball. On defense, he also had two tackles and a fumble recovery.
On offense, he was 8-for-11 passing for 93 yards and a touchdown, and he rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Jordan Sosa had 51 yards on nine carries, while Brady Hahn tallied 44 yards on 11 carries.
On Friday, the Huskies (2-0) host Lynnville-Sully (1-1).
“They have some big backs and some speed on the outside,” Morel said. “They will be a good test for us.”
Highland: 6; 12; 0; 0; 18
Alburnett: 0; 0; 0; 8; 8
Trey Lasek 8-11 93 yards, 1 TD
Trey Lasek 14-123 yards, 1 TD
Jordan Sosa 9-51 yards
Brady Hahn 11-44 yards
Mason McFarland 2-47 yards
Cory Stewart 3-37 yards, 1 TD
Brady Hahn 7.5 tackles 1 TFL
Cael Yeggy 6.5 tackles 1 TFL
Zack Lasek 5 tackles