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    So basically Highlands was missing 5 defensive starters and the starting QB but the people who started this game got up 41-7 on Central and those people who started this game also allowed Central back in the game and got us the final score 71-69?

    Is that correct? Are some Highlands fudging what really happened on the field? What happened to the reports of starters coming out in street clothes after halftime? Was that starters of this game or the same starters who began the game in street clothes? Were the starters of this game playing in the 4th quarter? What really happened?
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    Harris' stats are exactly why that kid is the team MVP.

    Imo Jalen Hayes should be playing the corner opposite Bardo. Urlage and Avnet safeties and Wrobleski the Monster. Too much speed to simply be the mop up RB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JokersWild24 View Post
    Not arguing that it is or isn't false hope. Just saying that many times, perception and reality are different, and others, they are more similar than they should be.

    If I'm coaching a team and I feel that deep down, Highlands would overmatch us and that my kids are already beat mentally beat on Monday when the game isn't until Friday just because of the name on the jersey, I'm having my tape people scrambling to put together clips of teams beating down Warren Central, to be followed by clips of Warren Central's offense moving against Highlands at the end of the reel. I show the tape I've put together to my team and try to "rah rah" enough to reinforce the point that they shouldn't feel beaten before they step onto the field, and that even if they get down early, someone else has hung around and came back on them.
    I hope so, I always want a team's best, makes it more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    So basically Highlands was missing 5 defensive starters and the starting QB but the people who started this game got up 41-7 on Central and those people who started this game also allowed Central back in the game and got us the final score 71-69?

    Is that correct? Are some Highlands fudging what really happened on the field? What happened to the reports of starters coming out in street clothes after halftime? Was that starters of this game or the same starters who began the game in street clothes? Were the starters of this game playing in the 4th quarter? What really happened?
    As far as I could tell the same people were in street clothes the entire game, didn't notice more after half but wasn't really following.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 75center View Post
    As far as I could tell the same people were in street clothes the entire game, didn't notice more after half but wasn't really following.
    Okay. Seems that was said in the update thread but I may have misunderstood.

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    Seems to be a lot of confusion in the threads but then again that game was confusing. Fast break action the whole way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 75center View Post
    Seems to be a lot of confusion in the threads but then again that game was confusing. Fast break action the whole way.
    Most definitely.

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    Final rope a dope of the season. Good luck to HHS 4A opponents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluerunner View Post
    Final rope a dope of the season. Good luck to HHS 4A opponents.
    That's exactly the way I look at. With Coach Mueller, there's a method to the madness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    So basically Highlands was missing 5 defensive starters and the starting QB but the people who started this game got up 41-7 on Central and those people who started this game also allowed Central back in the game and got us the final score 71-69?

    Is that correct? Are some Highlands fudging what really happened on the field? What happened to the reports of starters coming out in street clothes after halftime? Was that starters of this game or the same starters who began the game in street clothes? Were the starters of this game playing in the 4th quarter? What really happened?
    The kids that were in street clothers stayed in street clothes. When it got to 41-7 he pulled more guys on D at that point. Then in the 4th he did put 2 or 3 of the original starters for the game back in. Muelller was basically trying to survive the rest of the way with his Jv defense and did put a few of the varsity back in the game late to hold on. Thats pretty much sums it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stinkyboy II View Post

    I will give the simplest answer I can give to the question,

    HHS played without 5 defensive starters. Five very talented defensive starters. Resting from injuries suffered last week against Elder. With 45% of your starting defense on the sidelines, a team with the athletes that WC has will take advantage. Congrats to WC for playing their hearts out for 4 quarters.

    For those of you that think replacing 5 players the caliber of Abner, Urlage, Bardo, Gall, and Wrobleski will not affect the level of play you have no idea of the abilities of these kids.
    Agree basically some of the same boys missed the Trinity scrimmage. Sorry but you can't replace that on the field. WC had great speed and when they had space watch out. However Bardo is a fast cover corner. Abner, Urlage, and Wrobleski will light you up. Trust me WC would have crab eyes. They might have busted a few but no way they get those yards! It was nice to see Hope return to the level we are use to seeing.
    He motored all day. Pat Schoef had a good game. Imagine if he was a few inches taller.
    Why do our DB never turn when the ball is in the air? Back can't be to the ball entire flight. Really frustrating!

    Lastly, JOAT is correct there is a few sophomores that play in positions that at other schools would be 3 year starters including SK. I know a thing or two about the Neers and congrats on your undefeated season! Hope you make noise in 6A and capture the crown.

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    By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
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    Highlands Bluebirds Head Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator Dale Mueller jokingly blamed it on the day after Halloween.
    It only made sense after the Highlands Bluebirds won Friday’s season finale, 71-69 over the Warren Central Dragons at Cecil Memorial Stadium. They concluded the regular season at 9-1 in the first-ever meeting against 5-5 Warren Central.
    “It was one big play after another,” Mueller said. “Halloween was somewhat rainy (Thursday) so it just crept into (Friday). I don’t think that was all. I think there was evil spirits mingling around. I think there were Voo-Doo hexes happening out there. It was a wild, crazy night.”
    The Bluebirds still improved to 96-4 since the start of 2007. That includes hitting the 70-point barrier for the ninth time, including three this year. That equals the total of the 2011 undefeated state championship team. That team put up 70 points in wins over Mason County, Pendleton County and Covington Holmes.
    Highlands normally blow teams out when it scores in the 60s, let alone the 70s. But the Bluebirds needed every inch of their 25 first downs, 626 yards of total offense, 10 touchdowns, and field goal.
    The banged-up Highlands 4-3 defense yielded a state record 918 yards of offense including 716 on the ground to the Warren Central Wing-T attack and 14 first downs. Former high school Cawood (now part of Harlan County High) held the previous mark of 864 yards against Bell County.
    Mueller said he could not recall a game where a team had more than 700 yards of total offense, let alone 918. The Bluebirds put up 600-plus yards in a contest three times last year.
    The Highlands school record for the most yards in a game is 707 set on Nov. 11, 2011 in a 61-13 thrashing of Dixie Heights. The most points the Bluebirds have ever scored in a game is 88 back on Sept. 4, 1998 in a win over Campbell County.
    Highlands played without several key defenders including three starters in the secondary. Senior linebacker Thomas Wrobleski and junior defensive backs Andrew Abner and Griffin Urlage did not play. Abner and Urlage said they hope to be back soon. Also, senior defensive back Jackson Bardo played sparingly.
    Junior Beau Hoge started at quarterback in place of injured senior Drew Houliston and made the most of it. He completed 19-of-31 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns.
    “Beau played so well,” Mueller said. “His first four passes were all touchdowns. He had some great scrambles and could have had even more (offensive yards). He just played a great game.”
    Senior Zach Harris led Highlands in both rushing and receiving. He had 21 carries for 142 yards and two touchdowns and had five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Harris and Jaylen Hayes made a lot of crucial runs.
    “In all honesty, I think (this game) prepared us more for (close games in the playoffs),” Hayes said. “Our defense was really hurt. This was an offensive game. We prepared by pounding the ball like we were (Friday).”
    Alex Veneman and Jensen Feggins also had big games for Highlands. Veneman had four catches for 112 yards and Feggins tallied two catches for 86 yards and two scores.
    “We knew we were going to have to put up big numbers,” Hoge said. “Obviously, we weren’t expecting that kind of shootout, but it’s always fun when you get to stay in the whole game. We did our job and felt pretty good about it.”
    The Dragons saw four players rush for at least 96 yards. Senior quarterback Chris Porter-Bunton ran the ball 14 times for 212 yards and four touchdowns often faking the dive then going outside for huge gains. He also completed 5-of-10 passes for 202 yards and two scores.
    “We thought they were going to be more of a run team because in the previous games, (Porter-Bunton) only passed a couple times,” said Joey Kruse, Highlands senior linebacker. “But he really showed he can pass and get out of the pocket and sprint downfield pretty fast. We should have kept the score further apart. But it was a close one for sure.”
    Damani Walker, Rondell Green and Robert Edwards also put up big numbers for Warren Central. Green had nine carries for 192 yards and two touchdowns. Walker added 168 yards on six carries with a touchdown and an 88-yard touchdown reception with Edward gaining 96 yards on seven carries and an 80-yard touchdown catch.
    The Bluebirds jumped out to a quick 27-0 lead with 6:50 left in the first quarter. Hoge hit Feggins for 40 and 46-yard scores before hitting Harris for a 19-yard touchdown and Veneman for a 41-yard score.
    The teams traded scores in the final 4:38 of the quarter. Porter-Bunton scored from three yards out and Evan Allen scored on an 18-yard end-around. The Bluebirds led 34-7 after the first quarter.
    Highlands looked to put the game away in the second quarter when Ryan Greene scored from two yards out to give the Bluebirds a 41-7 lead. But following a Porter-Bunton 1-yard score, Brandon Hergott returned the onside kick back 47 yards for a score to make it 48-14 Highlands.
    Warren Central trimmed the margin to 20 points with 3:20 left in the second. Walker had his 88-yard catch and Edwards hauled in the 80-yard score.
    But Hayes returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown. That gave Highlands a 55-28 halftime lead.
    Things got closer in the third quarter. Harris responded to a Walker 9-yard run with a 1-yard score. Highlands led 62-35 at that point with 8:56 left in the third quarter.
    The Dragons cut the lead to 62-49 with 3:32 left in the third on two quick scores. Green had an 80-yard run and Porter-Bunton scored from 29 yards out.
    But Harris answered that score with another 1-yard plunge out of the Highlands full-house backfield. Highlands led 68-49 entering the third quarter.
    Green started the fourth quarter with a 60-yard score with 11:26 left to cut the Bluebird lead to 68-56. But Highlands drove down the field and Jared Dougherty hit a 21-yard field goal with 8:07 left in the quarter to put Highlands up 71-56.
    Highlands drove the length of the field again. But Warren Central stopped the Bluebirds on fourth down on their 5-yard line.
    Porter-Bunton then scored again on virtually the same play. He faked up the middle then ran outside for a 43-yard score. The Dragons trailed by the final score at that point with 2:05 left in the game.
    They tried an onside kick but it went out of bounds. Harris then bulldozed his way for a first down to end the game.
    Highlands takes on 1-9 Boyd County to open the Class 4A playoffs next week. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

    FORT THOMAS MATTERS: Highlands holds on in offensive shootout, 71-69
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    By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
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    When it comes to making a football schedule, Highlands Bluebird Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator is not alone when it comes to wanting to play more local teams from Northern Kentucky.
    The Bluebirds will have to make trips to Lexington Bryan Station, Campbell County and Warren Central next year for non-district action after they came to Fort Thomas this year. Warren Central will be the longest trip of the three at about 3.5 hours. University Christian (Fla.) will come back to Fort Thomas after opening the season there this year. Highlands edged Warren Central, 71-69 to conclude the regular season on Friday.
    “I really appreciate all those teams playing us,” Mueller said. “I just have so much respect for the guys there from Warren Central because they were getting blown out early. (But) they just kept coming and kept coming. I’m going to send (Warren Central Head Coach Mike Rogers) a letter. It says so much for the character of their guys.”
    Highlands ventured about two hours to John Hardin before going about 5.5 to Paducah Tilghman. The Bluebirds won those games by a combined 24 points. The two come to Fort Thomas next year.
    Highlands senior offensive tackle Kyle Thurston admitted the Bluebirds struggled on the road. The Bluebirds beat John Hardin, 33-26 and a late touchdown run by Jaylen Hayes sealed a 42-25 Highlands win at Tilghman.
    “I honestly enjoy traveling,” Thurston said. “But when it’s like a six-hour drive to Paducah, it’s not very fun. As soon as we get off the bus, we’re all tired. We’re not really ready to play a game. We try to get mentally focused. We need to play the way we do at home offensively and defensively on the road. At Paducah, it was a struggle on the offensive line and a couple big plays on defense.”
    Highlands at least found two non-district games against teams from the same or adjacent county. The Bluebirds did renew their in-county rivalry with Campbell County and continued the series against Cincinnati Elder from just over the river.
    “Since we travel a lot, we’re not really used to it,” said Jordan Johnson, Highlands sophomore defensive back. “It’s hard because of the long bus rides. You have cramps on the bus rides. We get out an hour and a half before the game starts and stretch defense only. Since we started doing that, we got motivated better.”
    While things are tough for Highlands, they are worse for at least three other teams in Kentucky in the Warren Central Dragons, Bowling Green Purples and Louisville Trinity Shamrocks. The Shamrocks have had to play teams from Indianapolis, Nashville and Cincinnati to complete just a nine-game schedule for the last three years. They saw a team from Illinois back out from a game this year in the offseason and finished 4-5 against the tough schedule with a 42-14 loss to defending Ohio Division I champion Cincinnati Moeller on Friday. Trinity has a home-and-home series scheduled against nationally-ranked Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas (Nevada) starting next year.
    Bowling Green and Warren Central can’t get any non-district opponent within two Kentucky counties to play them. Their closest non-district opponent in the regular season was about 70 miles away in Owensboro. The Purples even had a game against Bryan Station cancelled because of lightning.
    New opponents in 2013:
    The Bluebirds also faced University Christian (Florida) for the first time this year.
    Highlands has played 134 different opponents in 99 years of football. The Bluebirds are 851-226-26 since starting their program in 1915.
    That win total ranks first in Kentucky and second in the nation behind the Valdosta Wildcats of south Georgia. Valdosta moved to 882-212-34 with a 41-8 win over Brunswick on Friday. The Wildcats are 6-3 on the year with all three defeats coming in the rugged Region 1-AAAAAA of southern Georgia.
    Not undefeated, but battle-tested:
    Ten teams in Kentucky finished the regular season undefeated, but none faced an opponent the caliber of Cincinnati Elder. The Panthers handed the Bluebirds their lone loss of the year last week, 30-27.
    The Bluebirds own the state record for most undefeated seasons with 13. Next on the list is the Owensboro Red Devils with nine. The last time Owensboro finished undefeated was 1974.
    In Class 2A, defending runner-up Caldwell County finished 10-0 with a 48-41 against defending 1A champion Mayfield in a battle of undefeated teams. The Tigers were the lone unbeaten in 2A.
    There was one other battle of unbeaten teams on Friday. Johnson Central knocked off Belfry, 54-28 to finish as one of two teams in Class 4A in the unbeaten category. Boyle County put the finishing touches on its undefeated campaign with a 46-14 win over Whitley County.
    In Class 3A, Mason County, Wayne County and Bourbon County finished 10-0. Mason County and Bourbon County could meet in the Class 3A region title game in a few weeks.
    The top two ranked teams in Class 5A also finished undefeated. They are Pulaski County at 10-0 and Bowling Green at 9-0. The Purples held off Tennessee power Murfreesboro Blackman, 26-25 in Bowling Green on Friday. The Purples own the state’s longest winning streak with 39 in a row.
    The state record for most consecutive wins is 50 in a row. Trinity accomplished that between 1988 and 1991.
    Then in Class 6A, the Scott County Cardinals and Simon Kenton Pioneers finished undefeated. The two would not meet until the state championship game.
    Junior Varsity/Freshmen Team updates:
    The junior varsity Bluebirds hope to complete an undefeated season with a win over Scott County at 11 a.m. today. They are 6-0.
    The Highlands freshmen were to play Boone County on Thursday. The game was called because of weather. The Bluebirds are 5-4 on the season.

    FORT THOMAS MATTERS: Bluebird Notebook: Highlands not only Kentucky team having problems scheduling nearby non-district teams
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    Maybe I should show up to more Highlands games so they have more close games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uk#1fan View Post
    Tonight a couple people asked my son if he wanted to play for Highlands and he gladly said he will play for SK!
    I guess this proves that Clyde is right. Highlands really doesn't have their choice for every kid in NKY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uk#1fan View Post
    Maybe I should show up to more Highlands games so they have more close games.
    Please do....its been boring for years now! When does Simon have to travel or are they at home thru the playoffs?

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    I will say this Highlands ia not as good as everyone thinks their defense needs some work. They never made adjustments to stop the outside run. If SK played Highlands they would have over 1000 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raiderbird View Post
    Look at who they have lost too...
    5 teams that would make about 90% of teams 5-5 on the season.

    WC played an incredible game with some really big heart t say the least.

    NO excuses here, I woke up this morning and the column still shows a W and not a L.

    This might be the game that WC coaches say is the game that changed their season and helped them to the State championship game
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    Quote Originally Posted by uk#1fan View Post
    I will say this Highlands ia not as good as everyone thinks their defense needs some work. They never made adjustments to stop the outside run. If SK played Highlands they would have over 1000 yards.
    Lol....I was at the Dixie game...not to concerned about that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlue05 View Post
    Lol....I was at the Dixie game...not to concerned about that...
    SK plays defense Highlands don't!