(SPORTS JOURNAL WEB EXCLUSIVE)
High school football kicked off Friday night with a few surprises. Here are the highlights from the five Howard County schools.
5A No. 13 Kokomo 7, Mt. Vernon 21
Kokomo could not get the offense moving as the only points for the Kats were from a pick six, courtesy of Gordon Jenkins. Kokomo’s ends its regular season win streak at 25 games. The loss is the first regular season loss at Walter Cross Field for head coach Brett Colby. Kokomo was without record-breaking running back Armon Bridgeforth due to injury.
Eastern 69, Oak Hill 35
Eastern scored six touchdowns off turnovers in a rout of the Golden Eagles, while the 69 points is the most for a Comets team since 1962. Eastern had 478 yards of total offense and quarterback John Horner tossed the pigskin for 231 yards. Michigan State tight end recruit Josiah Price caught four passes for 123 yards and a score.
3A No. 15 Western 52, Frankfort 19
The highlight of the night was a Quin Fields to Matt Riley 92-yard touchdown pass last in the third quarter to give the Panthers a 26-12 lead. It was all Western after that. Fields finished the night 8-10 for 162 yards and four passing touchdowns while also rushing for a score.
2A No. 18 Northwestern 34, Frankton 14
Senior Kylan Dubbels led the Tigers to its 8th straight win over the Frankton Eagles as he ran the ball six times for 109 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of action. Tanner Martin added a touchdown pass to Trenton Brazel for Northwestern
Taylor 19, Clinton Central 71
Eight turnovers, including a fumbles on its opening play of 2011 and the kickoff of its second possession, was simply too much to overcome for the Taylor Titans Friday night. Quarterback Dayne Tomlinson ran for 203 yeards and a score while also tossing a touchdown pass for Taylor.