On the night that the Highlands football program recognized the 40th anniversary or the 1970 state championship team, the 2010 edition of the Bluebirds took the first step toward the 20th state crown in school history and the 4th consecutive title with an opening week 45-14 blowout of DuPont Manual.
As always in the first week of the regular the defensive teams were ahead of the offensive groups. For the Bluebirds, that meant they did not score until its second offensive possession when Corey Compton scored on a 1-yard plunge.
The high-powered Highlands offensive scored three second quarter touchdowns to all but put the game on ice as the Fort Thomas school lead 28-0 at halftime. The Bluebird defense allowed the Manual offense to cross mid-field just once in the opening half.
On the first possession of the 3rd quarter, the Crimsons were marching right along until quarterback Luis Thompson threw an interception that Highlands defensive back Drake Bruns returned 50 yards for a touchdown.
Thompson bounced back on the next possession with a 30-yard pass completion to Quintez Sutton that set-up a nine yard TD run by Dermontrae Warr.
Highlands head coach Dale Mueller was able to play the junior varsity squad for most of the 4th quarter. Sophomore quarterback Donovan McCoy led the Birds on a 5 ½ minute drive that led to an Adam Weinel 30-yard field and Colin Seidl broke a 43-yard touchdown run to finish the scoring for Highlands.
The victory for Highlands (1-0) was the 42nd straight win against a Kentucky school. DuPont Manual (0-1) lost the debut game for new head coach Oliver Lucas who coached at Lexington Bryan Station for the last four seasons including a 9-3 record last year.