Scots Host Waxahachie in Home Opener Friday, September 8th — 7:30pm Kickoff

by Kirk Dooley

As the Waxahachie Indians ride into Highlander Stadium Friday night for the Scots’ home opener, two thoughts come to mind.

 
   First, the Indians won’t have interstellar receivers Jalen Reagor and Kenedy Snell anymore. Last season the two track stars sprinted through the Scots secondary for 289 yards on 11 receptions. They had touchdown catches of 90, 73, 54 and six yards – the latter coming with 19 seconds left to win the game, 40-37. 
   Second thought is that quarterback Bryce Salik is back for his senior year at Waxahachie. Last year he completed 15 of 25 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns against the Scots.  Now that Reagor and Snell have graduated and moved on to TCU and the Big 12, the Indians will attempt their own “Reload and Repeat” with a new cast of speedy characters.
   Jerreth Sterns (#4) is the Indians’ most explosive threat. Last week against Garland Lakeview Sterns he returned a first-quarter punt 60 yards for a touchdown, then had a 64-yard TD run in the second quarter as Waxahachie rolled up 35-points in the first half. Salik completed passes to eight different receivers while his running backs picked up 392 yards on the ground. When the Lakeview defense focused on Sterns, Demani Richardson (#6), scored on his own 64-yard run, which is nifty because he plays safety. He carried the ball three times for 127 yards. Maybe he should step away from safety and try offense full time. A third running back, Jaden Watson (#26), picked up 114 yards on eight carries.
   So we understand that Waxahachie is explosive. Four of the top skill players on this potent offense – Sterns, Richardson, Jarvis McCray and lineman Alonso McGruder – go both ways and are standouts on defense. They’ll get tired but not any more tired that last year as they racked up 40 points.
   The Scots are coming off a heart-breaking 53-49 shootout loss to Rockwall, who used two kickoff recoveries to outscore the Scots. Both teams combined for more than 100 points and more than 1,000 yards of total offense. Receiver Cade Saustad broke a Highland Park school record for receiving yards in a game as he gathered in 10 of John Stephen Jones’ passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
   Safety Zak Folts led the Scots defense with 20 tackles. Linebackers Ryan Coxe (10 tackles), Noble Nash (9) and Marshall Ballard (8) had solid games. Kicker Matteo Cordray was outstanding on kickoffs, field goals and punts. He deserved three game balls. Coach Allen was pleased with his team’s heart and its fighting spirit. The Scots unveiled a new secret weapon at defensive end – a sophomore named Prince Dorbah, who at 6’4”, 215 lbs. is built like Ezekiel Elliott and has the potential to shut down his half of the field. Keep an eye on number 32. This guy will be fun to watch the next three years.

HP at Rockwall Sept 1st

by Kirk Dooley

It’s good to be king.
The Scots and their coaches and fans and families and neighbors and alums have all had a big time celebrating their unlikely state championship ever since the moment Turner Coxe slammed Temple quarterback Reid Hesse into his own end zone for a safety with five minutes left to ice the title game on December 17.
Never has a safety been so important to a Highland Park team. It wasn’t the only outstanding play by the Scots, but it was the nail in Temple’s coffin. The Scots walked away from AT&T Stadium with a state championship, a Defensive MVP (Coxe), an Offensive MVP (QB John Stephen Jones) and the Ford Tough Player of the Game (running back Paxton Alexander).
There has been a video created on the magical season, as well as a coffee table book. The celebration has been ongoing ever since that fateful state championship victory.
While it is good to be king, it is also hard to be king, as the Scots will find out Friday night in Rockwall. All the partying and all the pats on the back will end with the kickoff of a new season. Highland Park will have a huge target on its back for every game, starting in Rockwall.
And the Yellowjackets, who are picked to finish in the top two of its 6A district, are still bitter about the way a 5A team from Dallas ran them out of the stadium last year. The Scots jumped out to a 22-0 first-quarter lead last season and cruised to a 43-21 win. An HP quarterback who had never taken a varsity snap – Jones – lit up the Rockwall secondary for 327 yards and four touchdowns. He completed an impressive 18 of 22 passes and distributed his TD strikes to four gentlemen – Alexander, Scully Jenevein, Cade Saustad and Hudson Wood.
We begin a new season this Friday but the Scots come armed with veteran offensive starters such as Jones, Alexander, Jenevein, Saustad and all-state offensive lineman Thomas Shelmire. The defensive returns starting safeties James Herring and Zak Folts. The team’s theme this season is “Reload. Repeat.” Here’s who else they are reloading with: On offense it will be center Matt Sewall, guards Ben Boudreaux and Bolton Corwin, tackle Regan Riddle, receivers Carson Bryant and Jay Smith, and Cameron Reeves stepping in as the second running back. The rebuilt defense will include defensive ends Luke Lochausen and sophomore Prince Dorbah, nose guard Elliott Newsom, linebackers Marshall Ballard, Noble Nash, Ryan Coxe and Cole Bohner, and cornerbacks Grayson Serio and Hudson Clark. It is early in the season so many players will be fighting for playing time. Be prepared for some new starters to emerge.
In the meantime your defending state champions – picked fourth in the state in Texas Football’s preseason poll – is predicted by The Dallas Morning News to lose this Friday to Rockwall, 35-34.
It ain’t easy being king.

Scots baseball advances to 2nd round of playoffs; download program

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After defeating Marshall in the first round of the postseason, the Scots baseball team will advance to face Prosper High School in the Area Round of the UIL 5A playoffs.

The matchup will be a winner-take-all one-game series, and first pitch will happen at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 11 at McKinney Boyd High School. Tickets will be available at the gate, $5 for adults and $3 for students. If the game is rained out, it will be played Friday, May 12 at the same time and location.

In the first round against Marshall, the Scots won the first game of the best-of-three series with a 4-1 victory on May 5 at Scotland Yard. Marshall won game two the next day with a 6-3 victory, setting up the decisive game three on Saturday afternoon. The score was tied 1-1 through six innings until HP’s Kage Forrest batted in two runs on a single. The Scots would hold on to the lead and clinch the series with a 3-1 win.

Click here for a playoff bracket.

 

Buy DVD Documentary of the 2016 State Football Championship Journey

From HPHS Head Football Coach Randy Allen –

The 2016 State Championship Documentary of the 6 play-off victories which earned the 4th State Football Championship is on sale at the Scot Shop in Highlander Stadium. The documentary is professionally done with narration from coaches and players about highlights from each play-off victory. There are shots from ground level of the State Championship game of the big plays against Temple. This is a must have item for every Scot Football fan. DVD’s are $30.00 and Blue Ray’s are $40.00 and can be purchased at the Scot Shop (214-219-0487). All proceeds go to the Football Fund in the Educational Foundation.

Respect All, Fear None.

Coach Allen

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 Lady Scots soccer advances to Region II tournament 

Postseason Update

The Lady Scots soccer team defeated Frisco Wakeland 2-1 in the regional quarterfinal round of the UIL 5A playoffs yesterday and will advance to the semifinal round of the Region II tournament Friday and Saturday. HP will face Mansfield Lake Ridge at 10 a.m. Friday, April 7 at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton. Tickets will be available at the gate, $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The winner of Friday’s game will face the winner of the Prosper/Mansfield Legacy match in the regional finals at 10 a.m. Saturday, also at Standridge.  Click here for the playoff bracket.

Rachel Wasserman and Pressley Echols each scored a goal in the Lady Scots’ win against Wakeland. HP is ranked No. 1 in the nation by Topdrawersoccer.com

Go Scots!

Postseason Update: Lady Scots and Blue Wave Advance

Postseason Update: Scots advance to state swim meet 
Lady Scots launch playoff run with bi-district game Monday

The HP Blue Wave boys swim and dive team raced to victory against 32 teams Feb. 4 in the UIL Region 3-5A Championship Finals at the Frisco Natatorium. The boys team outscored second-place Grapevine with a total point score of 318-276. The girls team placed sixth overall with 140 points.

Felix Van Cauwelaert was the leading scorer for the boys team, winning gold medals in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle events. He was the Boys High Point Winner for the meet and was named Boys Swimmer of the Year for the region. Other medalists included:

  • Sophomore Ethan Nguyen: gold in the 100-yard breaststroke
  • Senior Robby King: silver in the 200-yard freestyle
  • Sophomore Peter Paulus: silver in the 100-yard breaststroke
  • Sophomore Henry Wang: bronze in the 100-yard breaststroke

The boys team also won the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays, and placed second in the 200-yard medley relay. Their freestyle relay times posted at the meet are the top seed times going into the state meet.

Six swimmers will represent HP at the state meet Feb. 17-18 at UT-Austin:

  • Felix VanCauwelaert: 200- and 500- freestyles and relays
  • Ethan Nguyen: 100-breaststroke, 50- freestyle and relays
  • Robby King: 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly and relays
  • Peter Paulus: 100 breaststroke and relays
  • Henry Wang: 100 breaststroke and relays
  • Omar Hmimy: relays

The Blue Wave girls team placed sixth overall, finishing seventh in the 200-yard freestyle relay and eighth in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Morgan Rehme led the girls team in scoring, placing seventh in the 100-yard freestyle and ninth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Coach Jesse Cole was named Boys Regional Coach of the Year.

Click here for more results.

Co-district champion Lady Scots enter 5A playoffs
The Lady Scots basketball team finished District 15-5A play as co-champions with a 13-1 record, tied with Wylie East.
HP will launch its playoff run with a bi-district game against Longview Pine Tree at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at Wills Point High School.
Click here for the playoff bracket.
Go Scots!

HP vs Temple State Championship Game Preview – Kickoff at Noon Sat 12/17 at Cowboys Stadium

by Kirk Dooley

The Scots shocked the world last week by knocking top-ranked Denton Ryan out of the playoffs. The win puts Highland Park in the state finals for the first time in nine years.temple-logo-1
   How did an injury-plagued team with two losses defeat an undefeated, top-ranked football machine boasting a 27-1 record over the past two years?
   Pride. Heritage. Tradition. Solid Leadership. Players with heart. The best high school coaching staff in Texas.
   The best third-string running back in the world. A nifty quarterback with football genes. Backups who stepped up when injuries struck. Linebackers who set the standard for their team. A receiving corps as deep as the Mariana Trench. Two kickers who make each other better. Being part of the winningest high school football program in the state. Playing with great intensity and making plays with the game on the line.
   There was one moment that exemplified the Ryan game in a nutshell. The Raiders quarterback handed the ball to his running back headed up the middle. Just before he got to the line of scrimmage, he was violently hit and went flying backwards. He ran into a charging Luke Blanton like a Smart car smashing into an oncoming freight train. The stunning collision could be felt all the way up in the stands. Thousands of people watching the giant video screen gasped and winced. Mothers covered the eyes of their children.
   The Denton Ryan players realized that they were not going to roll over this team. This was not a game, it was a battle. And none of them wanted a part of Luke Blanton. Or Turner Coxe for that matter.
   So the Scots win the game and advance to the finals. What should they expect in the Temple Wildcats?
   Coach Randy Allen says that Temple looks like Ryan but faster.
   A QB who has thrown for 3,626 yards. A 1,000-yard running back. A 1,000-yard receiver. Three other solid receivers, all named Johnson. (Aren’t there nepotism rules?). They’ve got a fast secondary and fast linebackers.
   All season the Scots defense has eaten 1,000-yard runners like Burger House fries. After Temple has studied film of the HP defense, I would expect them to come out throwing, and they are very good at it. Their go-to receiver is D’Yonte Heckstall (#1) but like the Scots, the Wildcats have a truckload of good receivers. They just all happen to have the same last name.
   Last week Hesse completed 11 passes for 360 yards, including an 89-yard TD. For those of you doing the math that’s an eye-popping 32.7 yards per catch. It looks like HP’s secondary defenders – O’Neil Sitzer, George Stewart, Alex Walzel, James Herring and Zac Folts – will have their work cut our for them. But they have risen to the occasion all season and the state championship game will be like another day going to work.temple-helmet
   The best thing the Scots have going for them is the fact that Temple is picked to win the game. Last week everyone picked Denton Ryan and that ignited an intensity in the Scots that turned them into warriors. With sportswriters picking Temple to beat Highland Park this week, the players have reacted with a deep resolve to prove them wrong again. See paragraph 3 for their weapons.
   Plus, they shouldn’t make Luke Blanton or Turner Coxe mad, but I’m afraid it’s too late for that.
   1945, 1957, 2005, 2016.

ADDITIONAL INFO ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

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Tickets, Seating and Parking Information:

After a thrilling win over Denton Ryan, the Highland Park Scots are headed back to the state championship game for the first time since 2007. HP will face the Temple Wildcats in the title game at noon Saturday, Dec. 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Tickets for the game will be on sale this week at the following times at the Highlander Stadium Box Office (4233 Grassmere Lane, Dallas, TX 75205).

  • 8:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 16

Tickets purchased at Highlander Stadium are $14 for adults and $10 for students.

Tickets may also be purchased online through Ticketmaster. Online tickets are $24.75 each, including all service fees. Tickets can be purchased Saturday at AT&T Stadium for $15 each.

Parking is $10 per vehicle in lots 5, 6, 7 or 11, and the lots will open at 10 a.m. Fans may enter the stadium through gates C or H beginning at 10:30 a.m., and seating is general admission. HP fans will be seated on the south side of the stadium. Click here for entry and seating diagrams, and click here to view the stadium’s bag and purse policy.
“Our goal is to have more fans at the game than Temple,” HPISD Athletic Director Johnny Ringo said. “Temple has a tremendous football tradition, and they will have a large, vocal crowd and band at AT&T Stadium.”
To celebrate the team’s march to the finals, Highland Park High School will host a state championship pep rally for the community at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 in the main gym. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and students will sit on the east side of the gym and parents and families will sit on the west side. You may also join the community for a team send-off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in front of Highlander Stadium.
The victory over Denton Ryan was Highland Park’s 800th overall victory, a state record. The Scots won the game 31-24, led by four touchdowns from running back Paxton Alexander. Click here to read Todd Jorgensen’s recap in Park Cities People.
This is the seventh time in school history the Scots have reached the state championship game, and the Scots have won the championship in 1945, 1957 and 2005. Help cheer your Scots on to their fourth state championship this weekend.
Click here to view a photo gallery from the Highland Park/Denton Ryan game.

 

RADIO BROADCAST INFORMATION:

For those of you who want to listen to the awesome Russell Scott, Jim Castellaw and Jae Ellis on the radio here is the info you will need…

kaam-bannerThe radio broadcast of the Highland Park vs. Temple Championship Game will be carried on KAAM 770 AM  throughout the Dallas area.  Pre-Game starts at 11:00 AM with kickoff slated for Noon.

Fans listening at home (or anyplace other than the stadium) can hear the game by any of the following methods:

1. With a radio tuned to 770 AM.
2. On a mobile phone or computer by going to www.kaamradio.com … then clicking the “Listen Live” button.
3. By going to App Store and searching for “Legends 770 KAAM” and then downloading the free app.

For those fans who are attending the game at AT&T Stadium:

1. Tune your transistor radio to 1670 AM. You should be able to hear our simulcast from KAAM.
2. If you are inside the stadium, do NOT try to listen on your phone or computer. Your phone or computer will delay the transmission by 7-10 seconds and therefore what you are hearing will not “match-up” with what you are seeing. This delay does not occur when listening on a transistor radio.