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Highland Meets East Knox

Highland hosts East Knox in a game of great importance in the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference this week.

Right now, Highland and Northmor share first place in the conference, game in front of East Knox. Northmor plays Centerburg this week. Highland hosts Northmor next week.

Highland (7-1,5-0) took apart Cardington (41-7) last week for their seventh win a row. The Scots had 356 total yards, 250 on the ground. They had three backs from for between 50 and 100 yards. Quarterback Ian Taylor threw for three scores.

Coach Chad Carpenter says it is nice to be this late in the season and have something to play for. “We always want something to play for towards the end of the season. Right now, our goals are all still there and it boils down to us playing two good games and seeing what happens during those games,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “It is good to get to this part of the season and still be playing for a league championship and a possible playoff berth.”

Highland stands tenth in their division four computer region. The top eight in each region make the playoffs.

After losing to Northmor (15-14) two week ago, East Knox (7-1,4-1) came back to blast Fredericktown (54-7) last week. The Bulldogs feature a wide open passing attack.

Carpenter says they have some playmakers. “They have a lot great skilled kids. They move the ball around and vey unpredictable. They make big plays. They are a very physical football team and coached real well. Coach (Cody) Reece does a good job with those guys. We are going to have our hands full,” said Carpenter.

Many of Highland’s games during this seven game winning streak have featured running clocks in the second half. Carpenter says that will not be the case this week. “They are vey physical, talented kids. We are going to have to play for four quarters this week. We are going to challenge our kids and get after them a little bit and make sure we are mentally prepared to be in this game,” he said.

Published 10/17/18

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Highland Wants to Strike Early

Highland, the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference co-leader, plays at Cardington in a conference game on Friday night.

The Scots share first with Northmor, they play them week 10. They also play (6-1) East Knox next week.

There recent games have kind of been blowouts, (58-0) over Mt. Gilead two weeks ago and (44-7) over Fredericktown last week.

Coach Chad Carpenter says, frankly, it has been hard to figure their level of improvement. “You know, I don’t know, I hope so. I would like to think that we are. It is one of those things were they last couple of games have been kind of lopsided and it is kind of hard to tell how much better we are getting. I would like to think that we are getting better yes,” he said.

Highland averages over 40 points a game, but Carpenter says their defense is pretty good too and has been a major reason for their high point totals so far this fall. “The defense has played extremely well and has allowed us to get really good field position in a lot of our games, which equals probably more points in a game. The defensive staff does a good job of preparing each week. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier with how they are playing,” he said.

They have allowed only 40 points in league play.

Highland also stands ninth in its division four computer region, the top eight make the playoffs.

Highland (6-1,4-0) plays up at Cardington (0-7,0-4) on Friday night. The Pirates have struggled this year. They lost (27-14) to Danville last week.

Carpenter praises the Cardington defense and says they need to get a couple of quick scores. “Cardington has actually a really nice defense. Their kids play really hard. It is one of those things where they have been in most of their games they have played and just can’t quite get over the hump,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “It is one of those games where we are going to have to play well and try and get up on the early and get some momentum going and not allow them to have any momentum.”

Published 10/11/18

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Rivals Highland and Fredericktown Collide

Knox Morrow Athletic Conference co-leader Highland plays host to traditional rival Fredericktown on Friday night in league play.

The Scots stomped on winless Mt. Gilead (58-0) last week.

Coach Chad Carpenter says they had focus are were ready to play last week. “I thought we did a good job coming out last week. We were very aggressive on offense. We were very fortunate to be able to move the ball well and defensively played very well I thought. It was one of those things where it was very important was us to come out and not having kind of letdown and try to take the next step and get better in our season,” said Carpenter.

There have been some high expectations placed on the Scots this year. Some are saying this could be the best team in school history. Carpenter won’t go that far, but he says they have been playing awfully well. “That is something that is really hard to gauge. I don’t know if I would put it up to that caliber. However, we are playing extremely well right now. The trick is we need to keep improving and keep working the kids hard and keeping their focus and not to have any drop offs or letdowns. It is important for us to keep moving forward,” said Carpenter.

Highland (5-1,3-0) is entertaining Fredericktown (1-5,1-2) on Friday night. The Freddies lost to Danville (44-27) last week. Their only win comes over Mt. Gilead (39-8) two weeks ago. They have losses to two unbeaten teams in Clear Fork and Marion Pleasant.

Carpenter says the Freddies are going to throw everything they have at them. “I think they are a lot better than their record. It is one of those things where they have played some great teams this year. It is a backyard rival where you throw out the records. We know that we are going to see everything that they’ve got. We have to be prepared for four good quarters of football. Our kids have had a good week or practice. I expect to come our (Friday) and have our kids play hard,” he said.

Both of these teams want to run the football. Carpenter says they go about it a little differently. “That is definitely what we want to do and we want to get in there and be more physical than the teams we play. That’s our bread and butter trying to run the ball and control the clock and control the tempo of the game. They do the same thing,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “They do theirs a little differently out of spread formations. Both teams’ overall philosophy is the control the ball and control the clock and the tempo.”

Published 10/05/18

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Highland Concerned About Them

Highland faces traditional rival Mt. Gilead in a Know Morrow Athletic Conference game on Friday night.

The Scots own a four game winning streak after losing their home opener to Bloom-Carroll. They beat Centerburg (36-6) in a “KMAC” game last week.

However, coach Chad Carpenter says they can still get better by leaps and bounds. “Even coming away from that game there were so many mistakes by us. I think we are a much better football team than even we played on Friday. It is one of those things where I think we are playing much better than we were. Hopefully, we can keep building and continue to get better throughout the season,” he said.

Carpenter says it is not one specific element of the game that needs refinement, they just have to execute for 48 minutes. “It is more or less us putting together a complete game. Not one specific area it is a combination of different things that happen throughout the season. It doesn’t seem like we can but together a complete game yet,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “It is one of those things where we keep preaching fundamentals. We are constantly challenging our kids to get better. That is what we hope to do throughout the season.”

Highland (4-1,2-0) is at Mt. Gilead (0-5,0-2) on Friday night. The Indians lost (39-8) to Fredericktown last week. They have only scored more than once in any game one time and have been shutout three times in five outings.

Carpenter says they have to be concerned with their own execution. “To be honest I am more concerned about us than what they are going to bring. I can’t control what they do, I can only control us. It is one of those things that we have to stay focused this week and be ready for really anything. They do have some good weapons on their team that could strike at any time. It is one of those things when we are just telling our kids to put a good game together and continue to get better. Basically, play four good quarters of football Friday,” said Carpenter.

Published 9/28/18

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Run Defense Important for Highland

Highland tries to stretch its winning streak to four as the Scots are at home for Centerburg in a Knox Morrow Athletic Conference game on Friday night.

They won at a place where it isn’t easy to win last week, Danville, beating the Blue Devils (50-27) in their conference opener.

Coach Chad Carpenter says they were able to take advantage of some opportunities. “We were able to get some good field positions and it seemed like we were able to capitalize. To be honest the game was a lot closer than the final score. It is great when you can come out of Danville with a win and we were able to do that,” he said.

The Scots have an outstanding runner attack and Carpenter says that includes a number of different backs. “We can give them rest and we can move them around to different positions as well. They are all interchangeable. We try to move them around so we are not predictable.” He told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “It is a great thing that we have. They are able to stay fresh throughout the game and get breaks when they need it. We try to wear people down.”

Highland (3-1,1-0) hosts Centerburg (3-1,1-0) in a key early season matchup in the “KMAC” this week. The Trojans beat Cardington (35-7) last week. They have only allowed one score in their last eight quarters.

Carpenter says on offense they like to spread the field so they can create some lanes for their running game. “They are a very good football team. They are a younger team that plays really hard. They do a great job of spreading you out so they can try and run against you. That is going to be a challenge for us this week. Defensively, they line up and get after it and really run to the ball well. We are going to have our hands full again,” said Carpenter.

Against teams like this Carpenter says you have to stay home and that is what they have been telling their kids. “Everybody has a job out there and you can’t have any breakdowns. A lot of times you are sort of counting on one guy to make a play. We have to be sound tacklers and do our job, our 1/11 th,” said Carpenter.

Published 9/20/19

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Highland Wants to Run it

Highland might have one of the better football teams in its history and they begin Knox Morrow Athletic Conference play on the road Friday night against the Danville Blue Devils.

Last week, they hammered River Valley (41-8) in a non-conference game.

Coach Chad Carpenter says he saw what he wanted to on both sides of the ball against the Vikings. “It was a very good effort. Both sides of the ball really did a nice job of coming out and being physical and kind of controlling he whole tempo of the game. So, it was a great effort really on both sides of the ball,” said Carpenter.

They also beat Ontario (47-16) on week two of the season and Carpenter believes they are really getting better as a team. “It is like early in the season you are trying to find your knitch and ours is starting to come out a little bit after three games. So, hopefully we can continue to do what we are doing well and keep improving and getting better as we play,” he said.

Highland (2-1) is at Danville (0-3) to start the “KMAC” portion of their schedule. The Blue Devils lost (29-28) in overtime to Sugarcreek Garaway last week.

Danville has not been 0-3 to start the season in more than a decade, but Carpenter says they are still pretty good. “The competition they have played has been really good. They are extremely aggressive and their kids play really hard. It is unfortunate that they haven’t capitalized at the end of the game on the scoreboard,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “It is one those things where we can’t have any letdowns. We are going to have to play well to beat them. We are expecting four quarters of very physical football.”

Carpenter says they have to go to Danville Friday night and play their kind of football. “We have to be physical and we have to be able to establish our running offense and we have to slow them down on offense. Those are the main keys for the week. Of course, it is easier said than done on both sides of that. It is one of those things that we have to control the things that we can control. Our kids just have to play hard and fight through adversity,” said Carpenter.

Published 9/12/18

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Highland Expects Battle From River Valley

They used to be in the same league for many years and now it’s a non-conference game, but it still is a quality matchup as Highland is at home from River Valley on Friday night.

The Scots are coming off a convincing (47-16) win at Ontario last week.

Coach Chad Carpenter was very pleased how they responded when Ontario made it a two-point game (18-16) in the third quarter. “I was really impressed by how we came out that second half. We kind of faltered a little bit and then bounced back from that adversity. You don’t know how your team is going to react and ours reacted really well to it. Early in the game I felt we were in control. We were up a couple of scores then right before half they came back and made it interesting and stared getting the momentum,” he told Swankonsports.com, “When we came back after the half there it seemed like oh my gosh here we go. Our kids responded really well and settled down and started playing and we were able to get up on them and stay up.”

Highland had 369 yards rushing against the Warriors last week and Carpenter says that is what they want to do first, run the football. “That is what we try to establish first. We have a lot of great running backs right now that are running the ball really well for us. The guys up front are doing a great job creating holes. That is definitely one our main goals going into a game is trying to establish the run and we were able to do that last Friday,” he said.

River Valley (1-1) beat Madison (42-7) last week to even its record after a (17-16) loss to Upper Sandusky on week one of the season.

Carpenter says the Vikings some big kids in the trenches and they are strong at the linebacker position too. “Madison is a bigger school obviously and River Valley pretty much handled them. I’m impressed they have a really nice quarterback and they have some big guys up front that move some guys around. Defense they have super aggressive linebackers and they get after it. It is one of those games that it seems like every year our scores are really close. I think the game will be won or lost in the trenches this week. We are expecting another very physical football game,” said Carpenter.

Published 9/07/18

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Highland Has to Battle in the Trenches

Highland travels to Ontario on Friday night in non-conference play and tries to get back on the winning track after a loss on week one of the season.

The Scots were hammered by Bloom Carroll (44-22) in their opener last Friday.

Coach Chad Carpenter says the Bulldogs were really athletic and they had trouble controlling them. He says it was not their best effort. “They had a really nice quarterback and he put us in a lot of tough positions. As a team I don’t think we played very well,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “I guess my expectations were higher than what we played. We expressed that to the guys. I think they understand. It was a tough loss.”

One thing that has to be made better this week is tackling. Ontario wants to run the ball and be physical and Carpenter says they have to be better getting the ball carrier to the ground. “I don’t think we tackled very well on defense. I don’t think we ran to the ball very well. We didn’t maintain drives. I was one of those things where it was a combination of a lot of things. Not really one specific area. We have addressed quite a few areas Saturday morning and we just need to work on those this week,” he said.

Ontario (1-0) scored twice in the last four minutes to beat Lexington (14-7) last week. Carpenter says they play very aggressively. “They are very explosive on both sides of the ball. They are an extremely aggressive team. They do a good job of playing really hard. That is something we are going to need to try and deal with,” he said.

Highland has the reputation as a physical football team and Carpenter says they are going to have to be that on Friday night. “Physical is right on the money. They are very physical in most of their positions. They are extremely aggressive on both sides of the ball. We need to make sure our kids are ready for that and try and play at that level as well,” he said.

Published 8/28/18

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Highland Working on Finding Answers

Highland was an outstanding football team a year ago that shared the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference title and made the playoffs in division four.

This year they are kind of taking things one day at a time.

Coach Chad Carpenter says so far, so good. “I think the kids have been driven. We had a very good off season. Two a days have been going well. It is one of those things that we just got our first scrimmage under our belt and we have two more left. Just trying to work through the process this early,” he said.

They scrimmaged Watkins Memorial on Tuesday and will play Galion on Saturday. Carpenter says scrimmages are good tools. “You try to prepare in practice for game situations, but you can’t simulate it as well as you can in a scrimmage. It is good for our kids to see that speed and how hard they are going to have to play for an extended period of time. They are very beneficial,” he said.

The preseason can be long and Carpenter says you have to keep a focus. He says they try and work on something every day. “I think as long as they maintain a focus. Constantly we trying to get certain things accomplished when we walk on the field. We just tell the kids what they are, so they have a focus for the day instead of we just wanting to get better and win some games this year. It is just one of those things that is a lot of repetition, especially with they way we do things at Highland,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “We are very repetition oriented. We do things a certain way. The same thing over and over and over again. These kids have bought into that system and they know what to expect. It can be trying sometimes.”

Carpenter says they really aren’t sure what kind of team they can be quite yet. He says they are a work in progress. “Our kids are still trying to get better. It is still a long way away from getting geared up. There are injuries that take place and some you get back, and some you don’t. You are still kind of moving guys around a little bit to see what is the best fit. It is exciting though this time of year. It is fun for us coaches as well trying to find pieces to the puzzle and what will work best for our needs,” said Carpenter.

Published 8/09/18

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Highland Earns Share of “KMAC” Title

Highland secured a share of the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference baseball title with a (12-1) win over Mt. Gilead on Monday evening,

They share the title with Fredericktown. The two teams split their two regular season meetings this year.

Coach Donnie Kline says winning a title is always special. “We try to stress that to the boys to kind of soak it in for a night. Of course, the sectional tournament starts (Tuesday,) so we will have that as the next goal. All of the winter workouts, all of the weightlifting, all of the running, all of the cage work. That is always the first goal, so to check off that first box is really sweet and again I hope the boys can really let it soak in and they can enjoy it for a night or two,” Kline.

Mack Anglin has four RBI on Monday. Lane Ballard had three hits and Anglin, Sam Lopiccolo and Tate Tobin all has two. Kline says they have a lot of depth. “We have been a little more blessed with a deeper roster. We tell the guys it is almost like having a collegiate approach. We have 12, 13 guys that are probably starters on most teams. It is kind of a hot hand approach. We have been able to maximize that so far and hope to keep doing that,” he said.

Kyle Munday got the win for Scots, his third of the season.

Highland (14-8) plays host to Columbus Beechcroft in a first round tournament game in division two on Tuesday. Kline says they need the same approach they have had all season. “It is a lot of fun. We tell the boys all of the time it is just a tournament, that’s all it is. We have the brackets up and so we cab see where we are headed here. We host Beechcroft (Tuesday.) If we are successful in that game we will go to Licking Valley, a really tough “LCL” opponent,” he told Swankonspirts.com on Monday night, “It is one game at a time. If your pitchers are on and you have strong defense up the middle and you are able to play a little small ball offensively and defensively and hopefully the bats get hot and we get the right bounce and we are able to play for a little bit.”

Published 5/08/18

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Highland Back into a Tie for First Place

Highland pounded Cardington (10-2) on Wednesday and put itself in good position in the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference standings.

They share first place with East Knox and Fredericktown. The Bulldogs beat the Freddies (6-3) on Wednesday and those two teams play again on Friday at East Knox. Highland still must play Mt. Gilead.

Highland (12-6,11-2) has won all it games this week and coach Donnie Kline says they are starting to play pretty well. “It is nice to have good weather and get the boys into a rhythm. It seems that we play every night, which isn’t a bad thing. The weather has allowed us to get a lot of games in, a lot of action in. It has been an exciting two weeks that’s for sure,” he said.

Highland had 11 hits on Wednesday. Tate Tobin had three of them and Mack Anglin had three RBI.

Kline believes they have a deep lineup. “We have a lot of guys put the time and the work in. As the temperatures go up so does the hitting. I am real proud of the boy’s approach right now, they are really dialed in,” he told Swankonsports.com after the win, “We have a pretty deep roster, which is kind of rare. We have a lot of guys that are sort of comping at the bit. They are getting some plate appearances and it is a lot fun.”

You rarely find three teams tied for the lead with one game to play in any league, but that is the case with the “KMAC” this year. Kline says this is what sports in about. “It has been an exciting race this year. It has been a very competitive league. It has been a lot of fun. East Knox and Fredericktown will play on Friday and we have one game to finish up with Mt. Gilead. It is near the end here, but it is neck, neck, neck and it is going all of the way to the end,” he said.

Published 5/03/18

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Highland Creates Logjam at the Top of “KMAC”

Highland handed East Knox its first loss of the season Monday (6-4) and created a three way tie for first place in the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference with the Bulldogs and Fredericktown.

The Freddies, who spilt with the Scots two weeks ago, hammered Cardington (14-1) on Monday.

East Knox (15-1,7-1), #1 in the Swankonsports.com baseball coaches poll n the small school division, was unbeaten going into Monday. Highland coach Donnie Kline says it was a tremendous win for them. “To go into East Knox and knock off an undefeated team is always tough. They are a well coached team. They have a lot of great athletes and they play the game the right way. It was a tough game, it really was. I was proud our guys were able to hang in there and we were able to pull out the win,” he said.

Trailing 2-1 going to the top of the fifth, the Scots put five runs on the board and Kline says that was key. He says it changed the momentum of the game. “One of our team goals is to try and win that big inning each game. It started off with a sophomore Liam Garrett getting a base hit up the middle, a double by Sam Lopiccolo, a senior, a triple by Tate Tobin. It really kind of exploded like that,” he told Swankonsports.com after the win, “I think what it does is it puts a lot of pressure on the other side. We were down 2-1 and then we are up 6-2. The pitcher was throwing pretty good and the defense was playing pretty well. It just kind of changed the momentum.”

Mack Anglin went six innings to get the win on Monday for the Scots. He allowed five hits and stuck out 14. Kyle Munday got the save by pitching the seventh.

Highland (7-4,6-1) plays at home against East Knox on Tuesday, weather permitting. Kline says they will have to do it all over again. “It is a unique challenge. I know a lot of conferences have done this is the past. It is a lot of fun, it really is. It is kind of like at the collegiate or professional level where you are trying to win a series. From a scouting standpoint, from the data we used for the games the boys get to use the same scouting reports, the same players, for back to back nights,” said Kline.

Published 4/24/18

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Highland Expects to be in “KMAC” Race

Highland has shown its muscle already and the Scots feel they are going to be in the mix in the Knox Morrow Athletic Association.

They have played one game so far and that was a (10-0) win in six innings over Danville, in a league game, on Monday.

Coach Donnie Kline says that was a good performance, but they have to keep pressing forward. “It is a good baseball team. The boys prepared well. We respect Danville, they have a lot of good athletes, a division four powerhouse. Our backbone of success toward the end of last year and coming into this year is pitching and defense. The boys came out and played a good baseball game, but I told them when we play Danville again if they don’t come sharp we could be on the other end of that type of score,” said Kline.

Mack Anglin has six strikeouts in three innings. Matty Reid had two hits for the Scots on Monday.

Now, there have been two days without games and Kline says you have to have self discipline and one of the jobs coaches have is to keep the players ready to go. “That is part of the cost of doing business in Central Ohio is Mother Nature holds all of the cards here. It makes for a challenge to try and keep pitchers fresh and keep the hitters fresh,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “The other side of that is next week we have six games in six days trying to make games up. Just trying to schedule and keep guys fresh and keep guys sharp is the biggest thing and keeping the competitive edge going until they get a chance to play. It is tough, but one of the challenges of high school coaching.”

Can the Scots win the “KMAC” this year? Kline says that is certainly a goal the team has this season. “The boys have high expectations. They have worked very hard. Last year, we were a very young team, two to three guys that had experience. This year is the fruition of last year’s teaching. The boys have more experience and they are definitely hoping to be competitive, If we can stay healthy and get some good bounces that is the expectations of our club this year,” he said.

Published 3/29/18

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Point of Attack Big For Highland

Highland travels St. Mary’s Memorial for a first round playoff game in division four on Friday night.

The Scots (8-2) lost last week to Northmor (34-12.) It was just their second loss of the season and coach Chad Carpenter says his kids have reacted well. He says it has been a good week of practice. “Practice has went really well this week. I think our kids got refocused there on Saturday. We came in on Monday and just approached this week like any other week. We gave them the scouting reports and talked about expectations,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “What to expect from the playoffs and just get them as much information as we could this week. (Wednesday) night was really cold, windy and raining with some snow in there and we go out and have a great practice. I never heard one kid complain about the weather. That’s what it’s all about just the kids having fun still and still working hard. We are taking the next step.”

Highland is making its first playoff appearance since 2010 and Carpenter says they know how special it is to still be playing on week 11. “We look at it as very special thing. One of our goals going into the season was to get to the playoffs and once we are here now we get to refocus them on trying to win it. We strive to try and win for another week. That is kind of our approach. I have said that numerous times to the kids this week, we have to keep fighting and hopefully we can keep playing next week,” he said.

St. Mary’s (9-1) has been to the playoffs 16 times, but only once since 2008, that coming last year. The Roughriders won the tough Western Buckeye League this year. They beat Wapakoneta (10-0) last week. They have scored more than 50 points three times this year, including a (63-21) destruction of (8-2) Elida this year.

Carpenter says the Roughriders have big kids and backs that run the ball very hard. “The lines on both sides are really big kids. They move extremely well. They have some backs that run the ball really hard. They are really simple, in fact they are a mirror image to us. Maybe even a little more simpler than us. What they do, they do extremely well. They run a 4-3 defense. The guys up front do an amazing job of kind of funneling everything outside. They are fast and very physical. They are a really good football team,” said Carpenter.

The line of scrimmage is going to be a focal point in this game. Carpenter says they must win at the point of attack. “That has been kind of our approach all year. We have been able to hang our hat on the guys up front with them creating holes for us and also stopping the other teams’ run and maybe into a throwing situation. We have to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and hopefully our guys are able to do that,” he said.

Published 11/03/17

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Highland Plays Northmor for Outright Title

Highland has a chance to secure an outright Knox Morrow Athletic Conference title with a victory on Friday night over a good Northmor team.

The Scots (8-1,6-0) lead Danville by a game in the conference standings. Northmor and East Knox trail by two.

Both teams need a win to make sure they are in the playoffs. Highland is right now in fourth in its division four region and Northmor is sixth in their division six region. Neither school has locked into their berth, so a loss on Friday night could cost them.

Highland beat a sound East Knox team (28-7) team last week.

Coach Chad Carpenter says they put together a very good effort and performance together last week against the Bulldogs. “Both sides of the ball I thought really stepped up to the challenge and played really well. It was a very physical game, both sides, and I liked our approach last week,” he said.

Carpenter says right from the beginning they want to be a physical team and that starts in the weight room and in preseason workouts. “Not only this year that is kind of what our M.O. has been in the past as well. We like our kids to play very hard and very physical,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “This year especially that is kind of what we try and hang our hats on. This last game here, Northmor, they are very physical as well, so this should be a very good football game.”

Northmor (7-2,4-2) beat Centerburg (49-0) last week. Their only losses come to Danville (41-34) and East Knox (32-28) in conference games.

They have one the best quarterbacks in the area in the electric Demetrious Johnson. Carpenter says he can do a lot with the ball and make big plays on defense too. “He is really good. He is very shifty and extremely fast and is playing with a lot of confidence right now,” he said.

Northmor on defense is really good too. Carpenter says the Knights make it difficult to get the perimeter. “I think their defense is really good and getting back to the physicality part they play really physical. They have a lot guys that run to the ball extremely well. You can tell they take a lot of pride. It is going to be a big challenge for this week,” said Carpenter.

Published 10/27/17

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Highland With a Chance at a Share

Highland has had a tremendous season so far with their only loss coming by a point in overtime in the season opener, and a clean slate in their conference, and they can claim a share of the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference with a win over East Knox on Friday night.

Right now, the Scots lead East Knox and Danville by one in the conference standings. The Bulldogs lost their first game of the season last week to (32-28) to Fredericktown.

Meanwhile, Highland (7-1,5-0) destroyed Cardington (62-10) in a conference game.

Coach Chad Carpenter says they really did control the game. “We seemed to be clicking on all cylinders last week. Our kids came out and played right from the very kickoff. I thought we controlled the tempo of the game really well. We did a lot of things really well last week,” he said.

East Knox (7-1,4-1) is young, but they are athletic. Carpenter says the Bulldogs can do a lot of things on offense and defense. “They are very athletic. They have a lot of weapons on offense. They move the ball around a lot. They are about 50-50 run pass. They put you in some really tough positions,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “Defensively, they give you a lot of different types of looks. Their kids play really aggressive. We have to make sure we take care of business this week.”

Carpenter says they want to go into this game on Friday night and do the things they are good at doing. “Our offense is very simple anyway. Basically, it is whatever they are going to offer us we are going to try and take it. We want to try and control the tempo of the game and the clock and try and use that to our advantage this week,” said Carpenter.

This is a championship game for the Scots and Carpenter says they that is what they have been pounding into their kids during practice this week. “That is what we have been preaching to our kids all week that this is a huge game for us. We have a lot riding on this one. I think our kids are focused and hopefully our kids will play well on (Friday,)” he said.

Published 10/20/17

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The Trenches are Key for Highland

Highland is in a share of first place with East Knox in the new Knox Morrow Athletic Conference.

They play at East Knox next week, but that is next week.

On Friday night, they are home for next door neighbor Cardington in a league game.

The Scots (6-1,4-0) beat arch rival Fredericktown (36-25) last week in a game that was closer than probably a lot thought it would, but coach Chad Carpenter says he knew it would be a battle. “It is one of those things that I said earlier that when you play teams that are in close proximity you can throw the records out and both teams are going to play hard. I think that is what happened Friday. Our kids were able to hang on there. Our offense was rolling pretty well and we were able to keep that going through the rest of the game,” said Carpenter.

Cardington (2-5,1-3) lost last week (41-6) to a very good Danville team. That is really one of the few times this year they haven’t scored a bunch of points in a game.

Carpenter says they can run the football very well with some talent in the backfield and a big, strong offensive line. “They have a good mixture of run and pass. They have a really good running back that runs extremely hard. The guys up front are big and strong and create nice holes for them. I think it is one of those things where we have to neutralize them up front a little bit and try and control that line of scrimmage the best we can and contain them,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “I think our boys are able to do that. It is one those things where again we throw the records out. Whoever shows up Friday and makes the least amount of mistakes will probably win.”

Cardington is going to bring some fire to the game, but Carpenter says they are the ones that have to be more intense from the first whistle of the game. “I hope that we raise that bar and they have to match us. That is my goal. That is something we talk to our kids about in almost every single practice. It’s intensity and energy and effort and trying to get better every time we can,” he said.

Published 10/12/17

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Highland Has Chemistry

Highland has been a surprise to some this season, but the Scots share first place with East Knox in the new Knox Morrow Athletic Conference after three weeks on conference play.

They play at rival Fredericktown on Friday night.

The hammered Mt. Gilead (42-0) last week and they have only allowed two scores in conference games this year.

Coach Chad Carpenter says they have solid chemistry and he thinks that is a big factor in their success. “I think our kids are just playing really well together. We have a good mixture of skilled athletes and linemen. They are a very talented group that works real hard and are fun to coach. It is a special season,” he said.

They are just a whisker from being unbeaten on the season. They lost by one (35-34) in overtime to Bloom-Carroll on the opening week of the season in non-conference play.

Carpenter says with five wins in a row they have been building confidence every time they hit the field. “We brought in a lot of new kids this year and getting them to work together and understanding what we wanted. Confidence is huge for us. I don’t know how good we thought we were at the beginning of the year and to be honest I still don’t know how good we think we are now,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “I just know we are playing well together and the kids are having a lot of fun. We just try to get better each time we step on the field.”

Highland (5-1,3-0) is at Fredericktown this week. The Freddies have struggled against good teams. They lost to Danville (42-7) last week in a conference game.

However, Carpenter says this is a typical Fredericktown team in a lot ways. Plus, this is a rivalry game and he knows the Freddies will be fired up to play them. “They have a really nice running game. They are a physical football team. I think going in we are going to have to control the line of scrimmage. Try to put them in tough positions to defend us. One thing is our kids are close to their kids. This one of the game where you throw out the records. You can count on a pretty good game,” said Carpenter.

Published 10/05/17

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