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The Durant Wildcats – and Mother Nature – rained on the Highland Huskies’ homecoming game with a 14-0 shutout Friday night.
The game, at times, was played in monsoon-like conditions following a nearly two hour pre-game delay for lightning in the area.
“The field conditions affected both teams,” Highland head coach Scott Morel said. “We couldn’t get our footing, and we couldn’t make the cuts we usually make.”
The only player on either side that seemed to have no issue with the wet field was Durant running back Tristan Hughes, who ran for 262 yards on 38 carries.
The Husky defense, though, managed to keep Hughes out of the end zone.
The Wildcats scored on their opening drive of the game on a 5-yard touchdown run by Drew Delong.
From there, the Highland defense buckled down.
“They scored on their first drive,” Morel said. “We made some adjustments, and they didn’t score again until more than halfway through the fourth.”
Both teams found difficulties getting any offense going.
Highland quarterback Trey Lasek led the Husky offense with 47 yards passing and 75 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Late in the third quarter, Durant’s Jake Willkomm picked off a Lasek pass at the Highland 25-yard line.
The possession stalled and Hector Gonzales missed a 37-yard field goal attempt.
The score stayed knotted at 7 until the 7:38 mark of the fourth quarter, when Bryce Lefrenz hit Marcus Englstier for an 18-yard touchdown.
The Highland defense held strong though.
Following a fumble recovery, the Wildcats drove down to set up a first and goal from the Highland 7-yard line. The Huskies held and forced a turnover on downs.
Cole Adamson led the Highland defense with 9.5 tackles, followed by Brady Hahn with nine tackles.
This Friday, the Huskies go on the road to Eldon to face Cardinal High School.
“We’ve been looking at film to find ways to handle their passing attack,” Morel said. “They have some pretty good receivers.”