Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Highland fails to score against Akron

Highland fails to score against Akron

Kelan Donahue
September 29, 2007

Costly penalties and two breakdowns in coverage left the Highland Huskies on the short end as they fell to the surging Akron Rams 39-0 on Friday at home.

Running back Joe McKay was a one-man show for the Rams. The junior caught, ran and returned a kickoff for touchdowns. The man handing him the ball was also more than effective, as senior Jared Reid completed all seven of his passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns. The majority of Reid's yardage came on two of his first three passes which went for 60 or more yards and put the Rams up 14-0 going into halftime.

The Huskies were penalized 11 times for 60 yards in the game, including several penalties on the offensive side that left them with second or third-and-longs that could not be converted and killed drives.

"We move the ball, and then we shoot ourselves in the foot," Huskies' coach Todd Matkin said. "...we probably had 40 yards in false starts."

The bulk of the Huskies' offense came in the first half off of the arm of junior quarterback Damion Fedler, who's ability to move outside the pocket and throw the ball on the run kept their offense alive. Fedler accounted for 94 yards through the air and was 10-of-18 in the first half. However, he saw his completion percentage plummet in the second half as he was throwing into a secondary that was dropping seven and eight people into coverage and still managing to pressure him. Fedler finished the game going 15-35 for 130 yards overall.

Senior Highland running back Austin Kinnison had 10 yards on six rushes to lead a rushing attack that was overmatched by a defense that swarmed the line of scrimmage and got deep into the backfield, hitting Highland's running backs before they crossed the line of scrimmage.

The defense may have allowed 39 points, but Matkins was pleased with their overall performance. They forced five fumbles, recovered three of them (including one recovery after a fourth-and-goal run was stuffed on the Huskies' one-yardline) and picked off a half-back option pass.

"They made them drive the ball, and they didn't have any long, standout runs," Matkins said. "I don't think 39-0 was indicative of the defense."

The loss dropped the Huskies to 1-2 in conference play and 2-3 overall. Their next game is 7 p.m. Friday at home against Wiggins.

AHS 7 7 19 6 -- 39

HHS 0 0 0 0 -- 0

First quarter

AHS -- Joe McKay 63-yard pass from Jared Reid (Duncan Krause kick)

Second quarter

AHS -- Krause 60-yard pass from Reid (Krause kick)

Third quarter

AHS -- McKay 75-yard kickoff return (missed PAT)

AHS -- McKay 2-yard run (Krause kick)

AHS -- Logan Davisson 30-yard run (missed PAT)

Fourth quarter

AHS -- Dalton Jefferson 2-yard (missed PAT)


First downs 8 9

Rushes-yards 24- -20 35-144

Passing 142 194

Comp-Att-Int 16-39-4 7-8-1

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-3

Penalties-Yards 11-60 5-25


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