McKINNEY -- After three weeks of down-to-the-wire games, third-ranked Highland Park secured a definitive win beating McKinney North on Friday by the score of 48-0.
The win separates the Scots (8-0, 5-0 District 10-4A) from McKinney North (5-3, 3-2 in district), which came into the game in second place.
The double threat of Highland Park quarterbacks Jake Howeth and Brady Burgin led the Scot offense on an onslaught that never let up from the very first play of the game.
Howeth led the ground game, rushing for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. The agile quarterback tallied 105 of those yards in the first quarter.
The Scots took a 6-0 lead on the first play from scrimmage on a 70-yard run by running back Preston Miller. Miller ended up with 108 yards in the game.
Howeth tallied his first score with just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter on a 52-yard run up the middle, breaking two tackles before reaching the end zone. A completed two-point conversion put the Scots up 14-0 going into the second quarter.
“Our linemen did a great job,” Howeth said. “They worked all week on the inside tackle runs. We were able to execute every play and were able to get big runs up the middle.”
The HP defense put up points on a 32-yard pick six by linebacker Reid Oden in the second. Oden snatched a ball that was tipped by another Scots defender on a deep pass and needed only one block to bring the halftime score to 35-0.
Burgin had a pair of second-half touchdown passes and finished the night 15-for-17 for 208 yards.
The Scots held a strong Bulldogs offense to only 119 total yards on the night, allowing the Highland Park offense control the time of possession.
“This is the best first half of defense we’ve played all year and I’m really proud of that,” Highland Park head coach Randy Allen said.