Highland stings Veribest

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

HIGHLAND — Two losses by a total of just eight points prevented a perfect start for Highland prior to district play.
That mans that the Hornets (5-2) have still been pretty good. They proved it vs. Veribest with a 58-8 win Friday that lasted two quarters due to the mercy rule.
A 22-point first quarter and 36-point second did the trick for the Hornets, who allowed the Falcons just a single TD and a two-point kick in their final tuneup for District 7-1A, D-II action.
Highland began the scoring with a 10-yard run by Eli Sauer, one of three TDs he had against Veribest. He also scored on runs of 47 and 11 yards and finished with 140 yards in all on just 11 rushes. Richard Fomby ran five times for 50 yards with two TDs. Hayden Adams and Jacob Hamilton also ran for TDs. Nolan Montgomery threw to Fomby for the Hornets’ other TD. In addition, Fomby kicked five PATs. Hamilton scored the last TD with 0:00 left in the half.
The defensive leaders included Adams with six solo tackles; Dakota Bowen with five tackles and two assists; Max Ferguson with three tackles and two assists; and Montgomery and Hamilton with two tackles. Highland out-gained Veribest 272-54, allowing just 19 yards rushing on 18 attempts. Highland had a 9.5 per-carry average with 28 runs for 266 yards. The Hornets attempted just three passes, with two completions. They also recovered three fumbles, while being turnover-free.