Highland hands Bronte its first defeat

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

HIGHLAND — A Bronte team that came in at 2-0 — after switching from 11-man to six-man football — was no match on Friday for a Highland squad that’s been in the six-man wars a long, long time.
Highland had a 28-0 lead before the second quarter had begun, and the Hornets went on to take a 54-6 homecoming win.
Highland, now 2-1, relied mostly on a strong running game led by Eli Sauer, who finished with 186 yards on just eight carries with five touchdowns. Sauer scored on runs of 13, 49, 39, 38 and 26 yards.
Jacob Hamilton added 41 yards rushing and a TD and Richard Fomby ran for 39 yards for the Hornets.
But the Hornets’ passing game, while limited, was also quite effective as QB Sam Spaulding was 4-for-4 for 91 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Johns. Fomby had two catches for 28 yards and Sauer had a 38-yard reception for Highland, which had 340 yards of offense to 119 for Bronte.
Spaulding also scored on a fumble return in the game and finished as Highland’s leading tackler with four solo stops and six assists. Dakota Brown had four solo tackles and five assists. Nolan Montgomery had one solo tackle and six assists; Hayden Adams had three solo tackles and one assist; Max Ferguson had six assists; and Hamilton had one solo tackle and three assists.