Highland hopes to change luck in home opener

Highland coach Jeff Shel-ton knew his team wouldn’t have an easy time this year with its tough non-district schedule, and the team’s 0-2 start bears it out.But after losing on the road at both Motley County (59-62) and Sterling City (6-51), the Hornets will get a travel reprieve this Friday as they host Loraine.And despite the fact that this week’s opponent is 2-0 and has won both games by the 45-point rule, Highland can look to last year’s team for motivation. The Hornets also started 0-2 last year before beating Loraine, 46-44, to begin a five-game roll heading into district play.While a victory would certainly give Highland’s players a lift, Shelton is focusing on the long-range picture. “I’m more concerned with the week-to-week progress than I am the Friday night result,” he said.“If we get consistent play that gets progressively bet-ter each week, we’ll be fine when district rolls around (on Oct. 25) and the season that counts begins.”And Shelton admits that the Hornets need to get better. “We’re not where we’d like to be at this point in the season. We are making progress in certain area, and we’re looking to shore up areas where we are strug-gling,” he said.Shelton said that Loraine, which has beaten Midland Trinity (62-14) and Fort Davis (52-6) in its first two games, runs a mix of the tight and spread offense as well as a 3-3 defense.“Consistent play on both sides of the ball is the key (to beating them),” he said.After this week, Highland has another home game as the Hornets entertain Sands before hitting the road for their final three games prior to the start of district.