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Highland Park rallies from 21 down, takes lead in last 20 seconds to edge Wylie
WYLIE — Highland Park made career victory No. 299 for Scots head coach Randy Allen a memorable one. Highland Park took its only lead with 20 seconds remaining in a 24-21 victory over Wylie as senior running back Jackson Hauser scored the go-ahead touchdown to complete a rally from a 21-point first-half deficit.
Ranked No. 2 in The News’ 4A poll, Highland Park (6-0, 3-0 in District 10-4A) was without its leading rusher Preston Miller and leading receiver Dalton Stogner but rallied behind senior quarterback Brady Burgin, 165 yards rushing by Hauser and acrobatic catches by senior receiver Hunter Halpin. Highland Park has won all 14 meetings over Wylie, which reached the 2008 Class 5A state final.
No. 15-ranked Wylie (3-3, 1-3) started sophomore quarterback Kameron Kelly who sparked a 21-0 lead with 5:32 left in the half with two touchdown runs and a 24-yard scoring pass to another new sophomore starter Kaine Murray at receiver. Highland Park, adjusting from a two-man front to three down linemen and aggressive zone pass coverage, held Wylie to 39 yards total offense in the second half.
Highland Park’s go-ahead drive was highlighted by a leaping catch on the sideline with one foot landing in-bounds by Halpin on a 16-yard catch to convert on a third-and-10 with 1:10 left.
Highland Park, overcoming an uncharacteristic number of dropped passes, had time to rally as its defense led by senior linebacker Mason Shaw and end Clay Crews kept Wylie scoreless the final three quarters.