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DURANT-- Highland coach Scott Morel summed up Highland's 14-13 victory over Durant in the first round of the Class A playoffs with a simple sentence.
"Big time players make big time plays," he said.
The Huskies made enough big plays on offense, defense and special teams to overcome a team that had handed them a shutout loss just three weeks ago.
After going down 7-0 in the first play of the second quarter on a pass from Durant quarterback Bryce Lafrenz to Drew Delong for 12 yards, the Huskies again were stuffed on offense and forced to punt.
A deep punt from Brady Hahn and a stout Highland defensive line forced Durant to pass on a third and long. Highland defensive lineman Bradley Rodgers sacked Lafrenz in the endzone for a safety and put Highland on the board at 7-2 with 3:18 remaining in the first half.
Highland's defense comes up with the second sack of the drive and a safety during the second quarter. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/iahsfb?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#iahsfb</a> <a href="https://t.co/QQTvsw7Wim">pic.twitter.com/QQTvsw7Wim</a>— Nick Moffitt (@nickmoff) <a href="https://twitter.com/nickmoff/status/1056032224125042688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 27, 2018</a>
The ensuing Highland drive put Highland in Durant territory, and Hahn attempted to run for the first down on a fourth-and-3 situation with 1:18 remaining. He was a half-yard short of the line to gain and Durant took over with 1:09 on the clock.
Durant threw the ball incomplete on the next three downs and the Wildcats were forced to punt the ball away before halftime.
With time winding down in the half, Hahn found Mason McFarland on a running back pass for a 43-yard touchdown with just three seconds left in the half.
Brady Hahn with the TD pass to Mason McFarland. The TD gave Highland an 8-7 lead with just seconds left in the first half. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/iahsfb?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#iahsfb</a> <a href="https://t.co/UhY4cWtGCK">pic.twitter.com/UhY4cWtGCK</a>— Nick Moffitt (@nickmoff) <a href="https://twitter.com/nickmoff/status/1056030039760871424?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 27, 2018</a>
After halftime, the Huskies went three-and-out on the next drive, but a Durant fumble gave Highland another possession in Durant territory.
The Huskies faced multiple third downs on the drive, converting to keep it alive. Eventually, Trey Lasek went 21-yards on a quarterback keeper for a touchdown.
Lasek was called for a personal foul for taunting and the Highland extra point attempt was moved back to the 18 yard line. Brody Burton's kick fell just short and the score was 14-7.
Just before the end of the third quarter Highland forced another turnover as Jordan Sosa snatched a ball out of the air for an interception.
Highland eventually punted the ball back to Durant with 9 minutes left in the game and a one-score lead. The Durant offense faced a fourth-and-9 early in the drive, but a fake punt pass kept the Wildcats alive. Eventually they drove down the field and scored with 3:30 remaining.
In what ended up being the biggest play of the game, Brady Hahn snuck between the guard and longsnapper and blocked the extra point, keeping Highland ahead 14-13.
The Huskies iced the game with first downs from Hahn and a Lasek to run out the clock.
Highland now moves on to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. They have a tall task in front of them as they will travel to No. 1 Hudson next Friday. Hudson defeated Lynnville-Sully 44-22 in the first round.