HIGHLAND FOOTBALL - 2012
2012 schedule (8-4, 3-2)

Aug. 17 - WEST (W 21-10)
Aug. 24 - CEDAR (W 27-0)
Aug. 31 - at Herriman (L 14-31)
Sept. 6 - at Lone Peak (L 11-35)
Sept. 14 - at Clearfield* (W 56-14)
Sept. 21 - BOUNTIFUL* (L 27-30)
Sept. 28 - at Woods Cross* (W 14-0)
Oct. 5 - at Cyprus* (W 45-0)
Oct. 12 - EAST* (L 13-34)
Oct. 17 - BOX ELDER (W 9-7)
-----4A playoffs-----
Oct. 25 - at Olympus (W 20-14)
Nov. 2 - at Orem (W 34-25)
Nov. 9 - vs. Mtn. Crest

* - Region 6 games
Home games in CAPS


2011 results (7-4, 3-2)

Aug. 19 - at West (W 44-14)
Aug. 26 - at Cedar (W 41-7)
Sept. 2 - PROVO (W 42-6)
Sept. 9 - LONE PEAK (L 41-56)
Sept. 16 - CLEARFIELD* (W 29-0)
Sept. 23 - at Bountiful* (L 3-27)
Sept. 30 - WOODS CROSS* (W 44-37)
Oct. 6 - CYPRUS* (W 55-10)
Oct. 14 - at East* (L 0-22)
-----4A playoffs-----
Oct. 28 - at Maple Mountain (W 42-20)
Nov. 4 - at Logan (L 13-28)

* - Region 6 games
Home games in CAPS


Highland links

* - Highland football website
* - Highland football's Facebook page
* - Highland High School website
* - Highland football booster club site
* - Highland football 2012 media guide
* - DNews: Highland 2012 football preview
Region 6 standings


East                5     0      222    43       0      0         0        0
Woods Cross   3     2      122    49       9      3        329  158
Bountiful        3     2      134    98       9      3        321  224
Highland        3     2      155    78       0      0         0        0
Cyprus            1     4        58   227      5      5        205  311
Clearfield       0     5        20   216      3      7          92  369

SEASON SCHEDULE
Friday, Aug. 17

Highland 21, West 10
Bountiful 31, Lone Peak 21
East 35, Pine View 0
Woods Cross 41, Viewmont 16
Cyprus 14, Murray 7
Roy 42, Clearfield 9

Friday, Aug. 24

Highland 27, Cedar 0
Bountiful 35, Mountain View 7
East 48, West 9
Woods Cross 36, Bonneville 0
Cyprus 28, Tooele 0
Box Elder 41, Clearfield 0

Friday, Aug. 31

Herriman 31, Highland 14
Logan 35, Bountiful 14
Woods Cross 26, Mountain Crest 23
Granger 41, Cyprus 38 (OT)
Clearfield 35, Ogden 14
Jordan at East (cancelled)

Thursday, Sept. 6

Lone Peak 35, Highland 11

Friday, Sept. 7

Bountiful 41, Viewmont 7
East 43, Fremont 0
Woods Cross 41, Sky View 14
Cyprus 29, West 22
Clearfield 21, Bonneville 6

Friday, Sept. 14

Highland 56, Clearfield 14
Bountiful 56, Cyprus 10
East 28, Woods Cross 7

Friday, Sept. 21

Bountiful 30, Highland 27 (OT)
East 47, Clearfield 0
Woods Cross 54, Cyprus 7
Region                          Overall
W     L       PF   PA       W     L         PF    PA
Friday, Sept. 28

Highland 14, Woods Cross 0
Bountiful 35, Clearfield 0
East 66, Cyprus 10

Friday, Oct. 5

Highland 45, Cyprus 0
East 47, Bountiful 13
Woods Cross 47, Clearfield 0

Friday, Oct. 12

East 34, Highland 13
Woods Cross 14, Bountiful 0
Cyprus 31, Clearfield 6

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Highland 9, Box Elder 7
Bountiful 31, Layton 9
Olympus 21, Woods Cross 14
Cyprus 38, Hillcrest 14
Herriman 50, Clearfield 7
Logan 51, East 34

4A playoffs
At home sites
Friday, Oct. 26

Highland 20, Olympus 14
Orem 41, Sky View 31
Timpview 49, Logan 14
Woods Cross 35, Westlake 0
Box Elder 20, Maple Mtn. 0
Bountiful 35, Skyline 6
Mtn. Crest 36, Timpanogos 6

Saturday, Oct. 27

East 27, Herriman 16

4A quarterfinals
At home sites
Friday, Nov. 2

Highland 34, Orem 25
Mtn. Crest 41, Bountiful 0
Timpview 35, Woods Cross 14
East 21, Box Elder 7

4A semifinals
At Rice-Eccles Stadium
Friday, Nov. 9

Highland vs. Mtn. Crest
Timpview vs. East
Nov. 2 - Highland 34, Orem 25

Story of the game - Austin Peterson, Thomas Pembroke and Vili
Sekona each rushed for over 100 yards and Malcolm Card-Turner
broke a school record with three interceptions as Highland downed
Orem in a 4A quarterfinal game.

Highland's highlights - The Rams won on the road for the second
straight week. The offensive line dominated, helping Highland to 408
rushing yards, and the team avoided costly penalties. Card-Turner's
last INT stopped an Orem drive and clinched the win.

Orem's highlights - Taylor Camp passed for 342 yards. He threw for
one touchdown and ran for two more. Nolan Gray had 10 catches for
184 yards. Gray caught a 54-yard scoring pass to give Orem
momentum early in the game.

Statistical notes - Highland made all of its PATs, while Orem was just
1-4. That made a difference in the end. Pembroke had three TDs for
Highland. Luti Nonu was credited with two sacks. The Rams have
won their last four road games.

What we learned from this game - Highland made it to the 4A
semifinals for the second time in the last three seasons. In this week,
all the road teams earned playoff victories.

Next - Highland plays Mountain Crest at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Orem
finished with a 8-4 record.

Links - All of the local media was here. For the Deseret News story,
click here. For the Salt Lake Tribune, click here. For the Provo Herald,
click here. For the D-News game stats, click here.


Oct. 25 - Highland 20, Olympus 14

Story of the game - Vili Sekona rushed for 124 yards and Adam
Peterson had 111 as Highland rallied in the fourth quarter to edge
Olympus in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

Highland's highlights - The Rams scored first on Mike Kerr's field
goal. However, they dominated the second half. Peterson threw a
24-yard scoring pass to Jerry Padilla and, in the final minute, Adam
Webber scored on a short run. Coach Brody Benson said the key was
avoiding penalties.

Oly's highlights - Most came in the first half. Coleman Meier rushed
for 87 yards. He also scored both of Oly's touchdowns, including a
67-yard pass from QB Corbin Anderson. LB Tanner Goates had a
fumble return negated by an official's call. Oly eventually scored two
plays later, though.

Statistical notes - Highland had 36 offensive plays in the second half;
Oly had just 12. Anderson completed 10 of 13 passes for 163 yards,
and Meier caught 5 for 124 yards. Highland had 332 rushing yards.

What we learned from this game - These teams are longtime rivals
and are often in the same region. This was basically a game of
separate halves and Highland came through at the end.

Next - Highland advanced to play at Orem in the 4A quarterfinals.
Olympus finished with a 6-5 record.

Links - Both Salt Lake newspapers had reporters and photographers
at this game. To read the Deseret News story,
click here. For the
Tribune article,
click here. For the D-News box score, click here.


Oct. 17 - Highland 9, Box Elder 7

Story of the game - Mike Kerr kicked a short field goal in the game's
final seconds to lift Highland past Box Elder in a non-region game.

Highland's highlights - The Rams rested a lot of players since it didn't
affect the upcoming postseason. They trailed 7-0 at half and Pisinga
Vaenuku's touchdown closed the gap, but the extra point was blocked.
QB Austin Peterson had 81rushing yards.

Box Elder's highlights - Matt Williams scored the Bees' only
touchdown in the first half. Kyler Allen was the top rusher with 70 yards
on 24 carries. Nick Sorenson was among the leading tacklers and
had a pass interception.

Statistical notes - The stats were skewed a bit because both teams
substituted so much since this were no post-season implications.
Adam Peterson and Jamal Green both had time at QB for Highland
and the Rams threw for 157 yards. Jerry Padilla was the top receiver.

What we learned from this game - Both teams reached the 4A
playoffs, but this game didn't have the excitement that a postseason
game will have next week.

Next - Highland opens the 4A playoffs at Olympus. Box Elder plays
host to Maple Mountain.

Links - The Deseret News had a reporter at this game. To read the
D-News article,
click here. For game statistics, click here.


Oct. 12 - East 34, Highland 13

Story of the game - Isaac Valles and Ulu Tulutau had big games
rushing the ball to lift East past Highland and clinch first place in
Region 6.

Highland's highlights - The Rams fell behind 14-0 early, and it was
27-0 when Adam Webber sprinted 75 yards for a touchdown. The
defense played much better in the second half, but Highland's
passing attack was unable to get the Rams any closer.

East's highlights - Valles had 139 rushing yards. Tulutau had 113
yards, but it was his 56-yard touchdown run early in the game that got
East on a roll. The Leopards rushed for 300 yards and threw just four
passes. Coach Brandon Matich wasn't there due to a one-game
suspension by the league.

Statistical notes - This was a fast game. There were 84 running plays
and just 16 passes. Rams' QB Austin Peterson was just 3-12 for 32
yards and had two passes intercepted by Jewka Patetefa. With the
exception of Webber's long run, Highland averaged just 3 yards/carry.

What we learned from this game - The loss was disappointing for
Highland, but later the Rams discovered that WX had beaten
Bountiful, which set up a three-way tie for second place. A coin flip will
determine playoff seeding.

Next - Highland has a non-region game vs. Box Elder. East takes on
Logan.

Links - Both Salt Lake newspapers had reporters at this game. To
read the Deseret News story,
click here. For the Tribune article, click
here. For the D-News game statistics, click here.


Oct. 5 - Highland 45, Cyprus 0

Story of the game - Dewey Clark rushed for 113 yards and two
touchdowns and the Highland defense recorded its second straight
shutout in a Region 6 win at Cyprus.

Highland's highlights - Clark got the Rams off to a good start with a
66-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Highland led 24-0 at halftime.
The lines dominated on both sides of the ball. Highland averaged 12
yards/carry.

Cyprus's highlights - The Pirates suffered their first shutout of the
season. No other  information was available

Statistical notes - Highland rushed for 364 yards. QB Austin Peterson
had 91 yards on four carries and scored twice. He had just three
completions, but all were for long yardage. David Kocher had another
interception. Mike Kerr was perfect with his kicks.

What we learned from this game - The defense again came to play
and Highland keeps improving with a big game against East coming
up.

Next - Highland plays host to East. Cyprus takes on Clearfield.

Links - There was no local media coverage of this game. To read the
Deseret News box score,
click here.


Sept. 28 - Highland 14, Woods Cross 0

Story of the game - Austin Peterson ran for one touchdown and
passed for another and David Kocher stopped Woods Cross drives
with a pair of interceptions as Highland beat the Wildcats in a Region
6 game.

Highland's highlights - The Rams got both of their scores in the first
half. Highland gave up just 178 yards and frustrated the Wildcats.
Kocher had one of its INTs in the end zone. Viliami Sekona rushed for
90 yards and Peterson had 78.

WX's highlights - The Wildcats tried to have a balanced offense, but
couldn't find any consistency. Skyler Farnes completed 10 of 30
passes, but only 62 yards. WX couldn't break a big play and was shut
out

Statistical notes - This was Highland's second shutout of the season
and came after the defense had a tough outing vs. Bountiful. Peterson
completed 6 of 15 passes for 72 yards. Malcolm Card-Turner had four
of those receptions. Bryan Mone and Adam Webber anchored the
defense. Mone had the team's lone sack.

What we learned from this game - This was a must-win game for
Highland and gave the Rams some momentum. They have almost
clinched a playoff spot, but they have higher aspirations.

Next - Highland travels to play Cyprus. Woods Cross takes on
Clearfield.

Links - Both Salt Lake newspapers had reporters at this game. To
read the Deseret News story,
click here. For the Tribune article, click
here. For the D-News game stats, click here.


Sept. 21 - Bountiful 30, Highland 27 (OT)

Story of the game - Jakob Hunt rushed for 141 yards and scored
three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, as
Bountiful edged Highland in a Region 6 matchup.

Highland's highlights - The Rams had one of their best offensive
showings this season. Viliami Sekona and Austin Peterson helped
Highland rush for 300 yards. The Rams led most of the game and
came so close. Mike Kerr's 37-yard field goal gave them the lead in
OT.

Bountiful's highlights - Hunt had a big night, but QB Jordan Hayes
threw for 144 yards. His final pass was a "Hail Mary" 28-yarder that
Sam Merrill caught near the goal line on a 3rd-and-15 play in overtime.
Earlier, Hayes tossed a two-point conversion pass that forced the
extra session.

Statistical notes - Sekona had 111 rushing yards and Peterson 105.
Highland averaged almost 7 yards/carry. Peterson completed 8 of 15
passes. Malcolm Card-Turner caught seven of them. Merrill was
Bountiful's leading receiver. Adam Webber had a big game on
defense.

What we learned from this game - A wild game that went Bountiful's
way, and put the Braves in a place to challenge East for the Region 7
title. Highland fell to 3-3 overall and needs a wake-up call.

Next - Highland plays at Woods Cross.  Bountiful takes on Clearfield.

Links - Both Salt Lake newspapers had reporters at this game. For
the Deseret News story,
click here. For the Tribune article, click here.
For game statistics,
click here. For D-News photos, click here.


Sept. 14 - Highland 56, Clearfield 14

Story of the game - Viliami Sekona rushed for 124 yards and scored
three touchdowns as Highland whipped Clearfield in its Region 6
opener.

Highland's highlights - The Rams dominated the line of scrimmage,
and that was evident from the start. Jerry Padilla and Sekona scored
on long runs on the team's first two plays. Highland scored TDs on
every possession in the first half and led 42-14.

Clearfield's highlights - The Falcons gained some momentum by
converting on a fake punt, which led to a touchdown by Jayden Garcia.
QB Stockton Larsen also threw a scoring pass to Jordan Newby just
before halftime.

Statistical notes - This was Sekona's best game of the season and
really opened up Highland's running attack. Garcia topped Clearfield
with 84 rushing yards. The Rams' 56 points was the most since 2004.

What we learned from this game - Highland began region play with a
comfortable win, which should be good for the team's confidence as it
goes up against Bountiful next week at homecoming.

Next - Highland plays host to Bountiful. Clearfield travels to East.

Links - The Ogden Standard-Examiner had a reporter at this game. To
read the Standard's story,
click here. For the Deseret News statistics,
click here.


Sept. 6 - Lone Peak 35, Highland 11

Story of the game - QB Baron Gajkowski ran for three touchdowns
and passed for another as Lone Peak broke open a close game in
the second half and beat Highland in a non-region game.

Highland's highlights - The Knights seemed to take away Highland's
long passing game, but the running game improved. The Rams led
3-0 early on a field goal by Mike Kerr and a 72-yard drive resulted in a
TD to start the second half that cut the lead to 14-11.

Lone Peak's highlights - Gajkowski rushed for 136 yards and was
highly successful passing, but it was the defense that also stepped
up after Highland closed the gap. Lone Peak forced three turnovers
and pulled away.

Statistical notes - Talon Shumway caught five passes for 73 yards
and scored two touchdowns. QB Austin Peterson was Highland's top
rusher, but FB Viliami Sekona was held on dive plays. Lone Peak
scored the game's final 21 points.

What we learned from this game - For the second straight week,
Highland was in the game early but was overwhelmed at the end. It
was a good win for Lone Peak, and might have showed Highland's
depth problems.

Next - Highland opens Region 6 play at Clearfield. Lone Peak plays
host to West.

Links - All of the local media was at this game, and it was televised
locally. For the Deseret News article,
click here. For the Salt Lake
Tribune,
click here. For the Provo Herald, click here. For game
statistics,
click here.


Aug. 31 - Herriman 31, Highland 14

Story of the game - Francis Bernard rushed for 104 yards and
returned an interception for a score in the fourth period as Herriman
outlasted Highland in a non-region game.

Highland's highlights - The Rams got off to a slow start, but QB Austin
Peterson found Adam Webber and Malcolm Card-Turner on long
touchdown passes to tie the game. Highland tried several other long
throws during the game, but did not connect.

Herriman's highlights - While Bernard made the game's biggest
plays, the Mustangs also got important performances from Brandon
Farmer and Vuni Bloomfield. PK Brady Heninger also hit a field goal
just before halftime to regain the lead.

Statistical notes - Herriman coach Larry Wilson used to coach at
Highland, and it was an important game for him. Herriman QB Tueni
Lupeamanu was 12 of 18 for 123, but several completions resulted in
first downs.

What we learned from this game - Herriman beat Highland its own
game, playing "smash mouth" football and wearing down the Rams
late in the game. The contest, however, was much closer than the
17-point outcome.

Next - Highland travels to Lone Peak for a Thursday night TV game.
Herriman goes to Copper Hills.

Links - Both Salt Lake newspapers had reporters at this game. For
the Deseret News story,
click here. For the Tribune, click here. For
game statistics,
click here.


Aug. 24 - Highland 27, Cedar 0

Story of the game - Malcolm Card-Turner, Adam Webber and Jerry
Padilla scored on big plays and the Highland defense held Cedar in
check en route to a comfortable non-region victory.

Highland's highlights - Card-Turner got the Rams going with a
77-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It was his only
reception of the game. Webber made it 17-0 at halftime with a 38-yard
run. Luti Nonu anchored the defense and had two sacks.

Cedar's highlights - Easton Weaver completed 6 of 19 passes for 66
yards. The Redmen didn't have much of a running game. Austin
Hopkins suffered a neck injury and was taken to the hospital.

Statistical notes - Mike Kerr nailed two field goals, including a
43-yarder. Highland rushed for 115 yards, but Webber and Viliami
Sekona had big gains when they got the ball.

What we learned from this game - Highland easily won the game,
but both coaches were unhappy with their team's performance. After
two games, both felt there was not enough improvement from their
openers.

Next - Highland travels to play Herriman. Cedar plays another game
in the Salt Lake area (Skyline).

Links - The Deseret News had a reporter and a photographer at the
game. To read the DNews article,
click here. For game statistics, click
here.


Aug. 17 - Highland 21, West 10

Story of the game - Dewey Clark led Highland's running game and
QB Austin Peterson threw a touchdown pass to Malcolm Card-Turner
as Highland downed West in the season opener for both teams.

Highland's highlights - The Rams rushed for over 250 yards, but had
problems with penalties - one which negated a long punt return by
Jerry Padilla. Highland held West to less than three yards per carry
and built a 21-3 at one point.

West's highlights - The Panthers had trouble sustaining drives, but
QB Alex Espinoza led a fourth-quarter drive to make the game
interesting. He finished with 97 yards rushing. West was mostly
one-dimensional, having attempted just four passes.

Statistical notes - Both teams ran the ball at least 80 percent of the
time, resulting in a fast game. Both QBs carried the most. Alex Cody
nailed a 47-yard field goal for West. Highland was hit with 14
penalties.

What we learned from this game - In a game between Salt Lake
School District rivals, Highland claimed the win. The Rams felt good
about how they controlled the game, despite penalties and other
first-game jitters.

Next - Highland has a home game against Cedar. West plays host to
East.

Links - Both Salt Lake newspapers had reporters at this game. To
read the Deseret News article,
click here. For the Salt Lake Tribune
story,
click here. For game statistics, click here.