There is a new sheriff in town in Kentucky's Class 4A. Highlands (1-0) the reigning state champions in Class 5A moved down in Class this season and promptly made a statement in their opener. The Bluebirds traveled to Danville and ended Boyle County's (0-1) 30-game winning streak. The defending Class 4A state champions were stunned.
Quarterback Patrick Towles led the way with three rushing touchdowns. The last two came in the third quarter to ice the contest for Highlands. He would finish with 79 yards rushing and 201 passing. The Bluebirds would amass 201 yards on the ground. Running backs Zach Harris had 62 yards and Jake True pitched in with 60 more.
Defensive back Carter New returned an interception 86 yards on a "never say die" effort in the second quarter to give Highlands their first lead of the night at 14-7. New picked off another pass to give him eight for his career and two of them he has taken back to the house. He also knocked down three extra points in his debut as the team's kicker.
The Bluebirds now turn the page to their next opponent and former district foe, Dixie Heights, in 12 days. Highlands has a bye in Week 1.