Huskies persevere with tough 4th quarter

RIVERSIDE — Cole Adamson and Owen Donovan each rushed for over 100 yards and Connor Grinstead threw for over 100 Friday in Highland’s 32-21 home win over Alburnett High School.

“They had momentum in the third quarter, but Cael Yeggy recovered a fumble and Adamson had a big run that was followed up with Mason McFarland’s TD catch from Grinstead,” Highland co-head coach Scott Morel said.

Grinstead and McFarland hooked up three times for scoring passes. McFarland finished with four catches for 90 yards.

“Being able to control the line of scrimmage and our blocking on the perimeter allowed us to get good yards outside,” Highland co-head coach Joe Donovan said. “Our senior leadership in the fourth quarter was phenomenal! We had kids cramping and they fought through it and made some big plays down the stretch to seal the win.”

The Huskies were up 26-7 at the half but Alburnett came back to 26-21 before Highland sealed the win with a TD late in the fourth quarter by McFarland.

Donovan said the Huskies played “really well in the first half then we got tired and complacent. We responded the fourth quarter.”

Both coaches singled out Grinstead’s defense.

Donovan made mention of seven seniors. Adamsom was great on defense and had tough runs down the stretch to seal the win. Yeggy played through cramps. Zack Lasek had big plays on defense. Derick Sandburg with his blocking, McFarland’s pass catching and Bryce Waters’ great play at defensive back and Zane Arnold with great blocking and all-around play.

“Those seven seniors were great!”

Highland (2-0) plays at Lynville-Sully Friday. LS lost to Sigourney-Keota 56-14.