ALLEN — Running back Cole Feigl and quarterback Brooks Burgin each rushed for two scores, and senior linebacker Tanner Houghton scored a touchdown for the first time since the fourth grade, as the Highland Park Scots cruised past The Colony, 38-17, in the first round of the playoffs.
Highland Park’s win at Eagle Stadium on Friday sets up a second-round matchup with Kimball (7-4) at AT&T Stadium at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Feigl was a workhorse for the Scots (10-1), carrying the ball 20 times for 150 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown in the third quarter to make it 23-7. That came on the heels of The Colony’s deflating possession to open the second half: two carries for zero yards, followed by an incomplete pass and a punt.
The Scots scored on each of their possessions, except for the two that coincided with the ends of the two halves. But even the last drive of the first half, which ended on a failed Hail Mary pass, was impressive — Burgin kept the ball out of the Cougars’ hands by converting a third-and-8 with a 17-yard pass to Kevin Ken, followed by a 10-yard pass to Campbell Brooks on a third-and-5.
The first possession of the second quarter culminated in a 2-yard pass to Houghton, in what head coach Randy Allen called the “jumbo formation” — Houghton and fellow linebacker Brooks Oden lined up as fullbacks, with defensive tackles Caz Orr and Andrew Clyde playing tight end.
“We run power football out of it, and then we have a few play-action passes,” Allen said. “Those guys have really good hands. I was glad to see it.”
Houghton said his only other touchdown came when he played for the Spartans in a Park Cities YMCA league. That memorable score happened during a practice against the Fighting Irish.
“It was magical,” Houghton said, tongue firmly planted in his cheek. “I still remember it — fourth grade. It was one of my biggest achievements.”