By ROB HAMILTON
After playing a tough non-league schedule, the Highland Scots are taking out their frustrations on Blue Division foes.
After beating East Knox 41-0 last week, Highland moved to 2-0 in league play (2-3 overall) by drubbing Elgin 76-6. Highland put up four touchdowns in the opening period to take a 28-0 lead after 12 minutes.
By the end of the half, the Scots had gone up by a 48-0 margin, which they extended to a 69-point margin after three quarters. Both teams scored once in the final period of play to provide the final margin of victory.
In the game, Highland out-gained their opponents 386-125, with 311 of their yards and nine touchdowns coming on the ground. They also forced three turnovers to add to Elgin’s woes on the night.
While East Knox scored first at Northmor on Friday, the Knights scored more often in taking a 34-14 win over the Bulldogs to claim their first league win of the season.
Trailing 7-0 early in the game, Northmor (2-3, 1-1 in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference play), got a 12-yard scoring run by Frank Keller and an extra point kick by Jake Farley to tie the score. They would take the lead in the second quarter on a 14-yard run by Farley.
Northmor then scored twice in the third quarter on runs of 45 and 63 yards by Demetrius Johnson to boost their lead to a 27-7 margin. While the Bulldogs scored late in the period, the Knights got another long run by Johnson, this time from 46 yards out, to finish on top by 20 points.
Johnson finished the game with a whopping 287 yards on 17 carries and also caught one pass for 23. Farley passed for 25 yards and ran for 43 more.
A late rally wasn’t enough to propel Cardington past host Centerburg on Friday in a 35-25 win by the Trojans.
Cardington scored first in the game on a 50-yard pass from Luke McCarrell to Devin Pearl, but the Trojans scored three straight times to take a 21-7 lead into the locker room.
The Pirates struck first in the second half, getting a two-yard touchdown run by Daniel Kill, but once again, Centerburg came back strong, scoring twice to take a 35-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Cardington would rally late, as McCarrell connected with Pearl on a 58-yard scoring pass. The junior signal-caller then ran the ball in from the nine to bring the Pirates within 10 points, but they would not be able to get any closer.
McCarrell finished with 184 yards passing, with Pearl catching four balls for 143 yards to provide the bulk of that yardage.
Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1807. Connect with him on Twitter at @SportsMCS