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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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