SPARTA — Highland has relied on the running of Kyle Minyo and Shawn Beltz for the bulk of its offense this season, but on Friday a new face proved just how deep the Scots’ bench is.
David Fisher ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns, and led Highland to a 34-0 win over Cardington. The game was ended in the fourth quarter due to lightning.
The Scots had another good running night with 328 total yards. Beltz added 96 yards on 15 carries, and Minyo had 46 yards on just five totes. QB Josh Gahm had his best game of the season, going 3-of-5 with 101 yards. Two of his throws went to Beltz, who blitzed the Pirate (0-5, 0-4) defense for 93 yards.
Defensively, Highland had another great game, allowing 79 total yards, including only 64 rushing yards on 26 carries. The Scots had two sacks in the game, and nine tackles for loss.
Beltz got the scoring going in the late first quarter, running in from 6 yards out with 3:00 to play in the period. The Scots really took off in the second quarter, scoring three times in a span of four minutes. Fisher scored on a 5-yard run at the 10:47 mark for a 14-0 lead, and Beltz rammed in from 2 yards out with 8:32 left for a 21-0 advantage. Fisher scored his second TD of the game with 6:27 to play on a 7-yard run, and Highland went to the half ahead, 27-0.
The third quarter saw no scoring from either team, as the Scots milked every bit of the clock on its drives. They finally scored once more just inside the fourth quarter, as Fisher took it in from 1 yard out for a 34-0 lead.
Chase Deckling rushed for 48 yards on 17 carries for Cardington, and Noah Zierden completed 2-of-5 passes for 15 yards, both to Dustin Blanton.
Highland begins a two-game road string at Buckeye Valley on Friday.