By Culley Kline, Correspondent
ALBURNETT ? The Highland High School football team broke loose against Class A?s No. 6 Alburnett Friday, using a number of key third-and-long conversions to leave with a big 18-8 win.
Having Trey Lasek didn?t hurt, either. The Huskies quarterback did everything but drive the bus, accounting for 200 yards of offense and a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense.
?We?ve been playing Regina the last couple of years,? Lasek said. ?We knew we weren?t going to see anything we haven?t seen before. With this big senior class, we just wanted to punch them in the mouth right away.?
The first quarter featured five punts and no first downs. Highland punter Brady Hahn was the star of the opening frame, pinning the Pirates with deep punts.
Buried in their own territory late in the quarter, Alburnett?s Mason Wickman fumbled and Lasek pounced on it. Facing third-and-goal at the 11, Cory Stewart got open and went to the ground to haul in a low pass from Lasek for the first score.
Lasek went deep downfield to Mason McFarland in the middle of the second quarter. Despite a defender on him step-for-step, McFarland hauled it in for 31 yards. Facing third-and-14, Lasek found McFarland again for 16. Cole Adamson rumbled into the end zone from 14 yards out.
On their next possession, on third-and-18, Lasek took a quarterback draw, found space up the middle and raced 74 yards for an 18-0 lead.
?My brother (Zack Lasek) pulled around,? Lasek said. ?As soon as (Zack) kicked that end out, it was open field from there.?
?Credit to (Highland) for making plays when they needed to make plays,? Alburnett Coach Nick Breuer said. ?We had guys out of position.?
The Pirates chewed up the majority of the third-quarter clock on their best drive of the night. Moving to the Huskies 12, Lasek ended the threat with an interception.
Highland (2-0) hosts No. 3 Lynville-Sully Friday.