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September 21, 2013PARAGOULD, AR- The undefeated Highland Rebels traveled to Greene County Tech to close out the non-conference portion of the scheduled season on Friday, September 20, 2013.
The Class 5A Golden Eagles played host to the visiting Class 4A Highland Rebels for the first rainy Friday night of the 2013 season.
Highland excelled in the second half of the ball game, advancing to 3-0 on the season after a well-battled 33-21 victory over Greene County Tech.
The Golden Eagles fall to 0-3 for the season.
"We controlled the second half. Defense won the game tonight," Highland head coach Spencer Hill said. "You can see the improvement-we are improving. This is what we wanted to see."
With 5:35 remaining in the first quarter, the Rebels jumped on the board first after a recovered fumble on the GCT 47 yard line. On the ensuing play for Highland, sophomore quarterback Reid Maag threw the ball to junior wide receiver Avery Johnson for a 47 yard touchdown run.
The extra point from Johnson was good; the Rebels were ahead and ended the first quarter with a score of 7-0.
GCT finally made their way to the end zone after junior running-back London Word for the Golden Eagles conquered a 16 yard run up the middle with 11:19 left in the first half. The extra point from Kyle Deroe was good; this tied the Golden Eagles with the Rebels, 7-7.
With no difficulty, junior running-back Trevor Calver for GCT scored on a 36 yard run with 9:42 remaining in the first half. Deroe's extra point attempt was good; with this score, the Golden Eagles took the lead over Highland, 7-14.
Highland answered rapidly when senior fullback Kamran Seat ran the ball in for a six yard touchdown on a second and goal for the Rebels.
"Kamran Seat, that's a senior stepping up when we need him to-punching in, breaking tackles, fighting that extra yard-it's great," Hill said.
Johnson excelled again with the extra point attempt; the first half buzzer sounded with a score of 14-14.
With 9:05 remaining in the third quarter, Maag found junior wide receiver Deon Stewart for a 67 yard run for the Rebels.
Stewart had a total of 119 yards receiving on the night with two interceptions for Highland.
Johnson's extra point attempt was good; Highland led 21-14 over the Golden Eagles at the end of the third quarter.
On a second and goal for the Rebels, quarterback keeper Maag ran the ball up the middle for a five yard touchdown for Highland with 9:02 left in the fourth quarter. The extra point from Stewart was wide right-Highland led 27-14 in the fourth quarter.
In only 1:03 of clock time, senior wide receiver for the Golden Eagles, Christian Cantu, ran a hefty 40 yards down the field before being brought down by a Rebel on the Highland ten yard line.
Cantu answered again for GCT on a ten yard touchdown run with the extra point from Deroe sailing through the goal posts. Highland still led the game, 27-21 with 7:59 left to play in the ball game after GCT's scoring drive.
Highland made the final touchdown play of the night when Seat scored his second touchdown on a five yard run up the middle with 2:41 remaining in the ballgame. Highland went for the two point conversion, but failed to score.
GCT made a valiant effort to score again with the remaining time on the clock, but could not locate the end zone before the buzzer. Class 4A contender Highland seized the 33-21 victory over the Class 5A Golden Eagles on the road, advancing to 3-0 on the season.
The Highland Rebels will host the Jonesboro-Westside Warriors at Rebel Memorial Field on Friday, September 27 for the first 4A-3 conference game of the season. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
"We are ready for conference. We are better now than we were during week one. We just got to continue to get better every week. Everybody is 0-0 right now; we just have to keep what we're doing," Hill said. "We got some warriors on the team here. As long as we bring that out every Friday night-watch out for the Rebels."
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