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Dalton Stogner scores three times as Highland Park beats Rockwall, 37-30
HIGHLAND PARK - Highland Park receiver Dalton Stogner had five catches for 188 yards and three touchdowns as the Scots escaped with a 37-30 victory over Rockwall on Friday at Highlander Stadium.
All three of Stogner's touchdowns came in the first half, when Highland Park jumped out to a 30-16 lead. He scored on receptions of 52, 72 and 39 yards to finish the half with 179 receiving yards.
Rockwall's defense stiffened in the second half, holding Highland Park to 84 yards and one touchdown, a 12-yard run by quarterback Jake Howeth. That score gave HP a seemingly safe 37-16 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Rockwall kept battling.
Rockwall quarterback Alan Reed, who finished with 301 passing yards, completed a deep pass to receiver Blake Turner for a 76-yard touchdown that cut Highland Park's lead to 37-23 with 8:36 left. Rockwall retained possession with a surprise onside kick, but a long drive ended with a Highland Park stop on fourth-and-2 at the HP 11.
Rockwall got the ball back in good position when Howeth, who is also HP's punter, touched his knee as he fielded a low snap from punt formation at the HP 32. Four plays later, Rockwall scored on a 12-yard pass from Reed to receiver Reed Loftis to cut HP's lead to 37-30 with 1:28 left.
Rockwall attempted another onside kick, but HP recovered and ran out the clock.
Howeth and junior Brady Burgin split time at quarterback for Highland Park. Howeth completed 8 of 12 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and he also ran for two TDs. Burgin was 10-of-14 for 133 yards and one touchdown. Rockwall finished with 487 total yards.
Highland Park had a string of big plays on the first half. Highland Park scored on a 52-yard reception on the fourth play of the game to take an early 7-0 lead. After a Rockwall field goal, Howeth hit Stogner again for a 72-yard touchdown reception and a 14-3 lead.
Rockwall followed that by marching 80 yards on 13 plays for its first touchdown, a 3-yard run by Reed. The extra point was blocked, and Highland Park led, 14-9. Highland Park answered with a 5-yard touchdown run by Howeth, who also scored on a two-point conversion run for a 22-9 lead.
Rockwall's next drive stalled at its 39, but on fourth-and-1, Rockwall tried a fake punt. The pass was broken up by Highland Park's Holt Perlman, and Highland Park scored on the next play on a 39-yard pass from Brady Burgin to Stogner. Another two-point conversion game HP a 30-9 lead.
Rockwall cut its deficit to 30-16 with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Reed to Loftis late in the second quarter, and Loftis then switched to defense and halted HP's last first-half drive with an interception inside the Rockwall 10.