The Highlands Bluebirds picked up their 35th straight win on Friday night as they rolled past the Dixie Heights Colonels by a 42-14 margin on the road in this week's FOX19 Friday Prep Rally match-up.
The game featured two of Northern Kentucky's most highly touted quarterbacks in Highlands' Patrick Towles and Dixie Heights' Zeke Pike. Both players provided some highlights with big plays.
Highlands (7-0) raced out to a quick lead as Corey Compton got the scoring started with a 2-yard touchdown run at 8:13 mark in the first quarter.
After Dixie Heights (3-4) went three-and-out on their first possession, the Bluebirds would quickly add seven more on the next drive as Towles connected with his deep threat, Daniel Gold, for a 25-yard touchdown strike.
The Colonels would answer though as they put together a 12-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a Seth Bruns 16-yard touchdown run. Dixie's defense would come up with a stop and were driving to tie the game late in the first half before Pike was picked off by defensive back Ty Seidl, who returned it 55 yards for a touchdown to give Highlands a 21-7 lead.
Just when it appeared Dixie was down-and-out, Pike again provided hope for the Colonels when he found Goose Cohorn in the end zone from 33 yards out making it 21-14. However, Highlands didn't let their excitement last long. On the ensuing kickoff Gold scored his second touchdown of the half as he returned a kick 92 yards for a score to give the Bluebirds a 28-14 halftime lead.
The exchange was devastating for Dixie Heights, particularly the team's defense who was holding its own against Highlands yet 14 points were put on the board by the Bluebirds' defense and special teams.
Highlands' defense shut the door the second half and came up with two more key turnovers. Seidl added a fumble recovery to his scoring interception and Drake Bruns shined against the pass and run. Highlands' depth became a deciding factor.
The Bluebirds got the only score of the third quarter on Towles' 25-yard rushing touchdown and their final score came up on another Towles-to-Gold hookup, this time on a quick dump that Gold took to the house for a 63-yard touchdown. Gold had a big night as he finished with four catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns in addition to his kick return for a score.
The Colonels were outgained by 339 to 228 in total yards and have not won against the Bluebirds since 2002.
Highlands gets some rest next week before facing Covington Catholic on October 15. Meanwhile, it's Senior Night at Ricemount Joy Stadium as Dixie welcomes Holmes.