If there were any early-season jitters for the many newcomers in the Highland Park lineup, they weren’t evident during a convincing 43-21 win over Rockwall.
The Scots started fast behind new starting quarterback John Stephen Jones, who threw for 325 yards and four touchdowns in his debut, and cruised past the only Class 6A team on their schedule.
But that came at Highlander Stadium, where HP is 90-1 in the past 18 years. The next test for the Scots comes on the road at Waxahachie.
The Indians are on the upswing under second-year head coach Jon Kitna, a former NFL quarterback. They flashed plenty of offensive potential in a 46-34 win over Garland Lakeview Centennial last week. And they feature a pair of speedy Division I commits in Jalen Reagor (Oklahoma) and Kenedy Snell (TCU).
In other words, HP won’t catch a break during the second of its three nondistrict games. But the Scots will carry plenty of momentum and confidence after their sparkling lid-lifter against an opponent that has made deep playoff runs in each of the past two seasons.
Paxton Alexander accounted for two touchdowns, including one rushing, while Cade Saustad and Scully Jenevein also had big nights. Even offensive lineman J.D. Beverly got in on the scoring when he recovered an offensive fumble in the end zone. The defense and special teams also shined.
For Waxahachie, Reagor had 141 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the opener, while Snell rushed for three scores. The opportunistic defense forced three turnovers, an including an interception that was returned for a go-ahead touchdown in the second half.