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Highlands Heads South for Final Non-District Game

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands senior Mason Schwalbach (4) celebrates after a defensive touchdown against Ryle on Friday.
The Highlands Bluebirds football team is about to finish non-district play with one final game Friday.

The Bluebirds will head to Danville to take on the undefeated Boyle County Rebels (5-0). The Rebels have outscored opponents, 265-42. That's the most points of any team in Class 4A. They have two NCAA Division I commits in Landen Bartleson (Notre Dame) and senior wide receiver/defensive back Reese Smith (West Virginia).

Highlands took down Scott (42-13) to open the season before losing a tight one to Knoxville (Tennessee) Catholic (31-28) in the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic at Corbin. That is the most points the Bluebirds have allowed all season.

Highlands then beat three teams from the Class 6A, District 6 outscoring Campbell County, Simon Kenton and Ryle by a combined 102-7. But Boyle County is expected to be the toughest challenge from a Kentucky team so far.

Homecoming King, Queen Named:

Seniors Carson McAtee received the honor of Homecoming Queen for Highlands and Porter Hedenberg won Homecoming King. But Hedenberg was at a soccer game in Evansville (Indiana) so a stand-in accepted the honor.

McAtee is a member of the junior varsity tennis team. She is also involved with National Honors Society and National English Honors Society.

"I always try to be respectful and a positive influence to others," McAtee said. "(Friday) feels awesome because I really feel like everything's paying off. Thank you to everyone that voted for me."

One Win from 900th Victory:

The Bluebirds could become the second program in the country with 900 wins in school history if they come away from Danville victorious.

In 105 seasons, Highlands owns an overall record of 899-253-26. Valdosta (Georgia) hit the mark in 2016 during a state championship run. The Wildcats are 930-233-34 including an undefeated 5-0 this year.

Around Class 5A, District 5:

Covington Catholic moved to 5-0 with a convincing 49-3 win over Beechwood. The Tigers have won three straight Class A state championships before moving up to 2A this year.

Of the other three teams in the district, only Conner (4-1) won Friday. The Cougars shut out winless Campbell County (0-5), 28-0. The Camels were shut out for the fourth straight game and have only scored 13 points this year.

Cooper (3-2) lost at Louisville DeSales. 40-7 on Friday. Boone County (2-3) lost its third in a row with a 30-8 home loss to Scott.

Undefeated Teams in Class 5A:

Five teams remain undefeated in Class 5A including Covington Catholic. Defending Class 5A state champion South Warren is one at 5-0 following a 22-8 win over defending Class 3A champion Louisville Central.

The other three undefeated teams are Scott County, Lexington Frederick Douglass and Grayson County. Frederick Douglass and Scott County meet on Friday in Lexington.

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