Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Balanced offense (528 yards) helps HP pummel Woodrow Wilson, 49-24
Highland Park proved two important things in its 49-24 victory over Woodrow Wilson on Friday night.
Its offense can overcome mistakes with more offense. And the defense can hold its own under pressure.
Highland Park (12-0) will need both in the third round. The Scots will play Tyler John Tyler at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waco ISD Stadium.
Woodrow Wilson defensive backs came up with three interceptions, including two for touchdowns, to keep their team in the game until late in the third quarter.
But Woodrow Wilson couldn’t keep Highland Park from gaining 528 yards. And it could score only one touchdown and a field goal on offense.
“I’m really proud of our defense,” Highland Park coach Randy Allen said. “They hung tough against a really good football team.”
Highland Park’s Preston Miller ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns as his team showed balance with 263 yards rushing and 265 passing.
It marked the fourth time Highland Park has crossed the 500-yard barrier this season.
Highland Park quarterback Brady Burgin completed 18 of 28 passes for 265 yards and one touchdown. But Colin Spencer returned an interception 46 yards, and Sterling Turner took another one 46 yards to keep things relatively close.
It was a wild first half, with the teams trading big plays.
Woodrow Wilson went 80 yards on its first possession, scoring on Shaquille Dottin’s 1-yard run. Highland Park countered with a 67-yard drive capped by Jackson Hauser’s 4-yard run.
Highland Park scored on Hauser’s 3-yard run, and then Woodrow Wilson countered with Colin Spencer’s 27-yard interception return.
Highland Park turned things around late in the second quarter.
It clogged the middle, where Woodrow Wilson had success running, and then drove for two scores in a 2:32 span. Burgin scored on touchdown runs of 21 and 2 yards.