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ACA defeats HHS

The Highland Home Flying Squadron football team has been off to a rocky start this season, but Coach Will Pouncey is hoping to turn the season around on Sept. 11 against Central of Coosa County.

“We’re down a few starters and are playing up a couple of classifications,” Coach Pouncey said. “We’re trying to fix what we need to fix and trying to work on being stronger so we can get back to our winning ways.”

In the first quarter, a Squadron fumble was recovered by Alabama Christian at the Squadron’s 39-yard-line. Alabama Christian’s Jalen Clark carried the ball for a 30-yard touchdown.

An incomplete pass intended for Alabama Christian’s Avery Stuart was blocked by Highland Home’s Kendarious Shepherd, but a series of received passes brought the Eagles up 0-21.

Highland Home received a first down at their 35-yard-line, but a flag on the next play pushed them back 5 yards. Highland Home’s quarterback Nick Diaz was sacked, pushing the Squadron back another 10 yards to the 20 yard line. Shepherd gained 7 yards for the Squadron, but was pushed back again by another 5-yard-penalty.

The second quarter began with Alabama Christian at the 38-yard-line, but the Eagles were pushed back 10 yards for a holding penalty. Alabama Christian came back with a 50-yard touchdown, giving them a 28-point lead over Highland Home with 11 minutes remaining in the first half.

Shepherd carried the ball 22 yards to Highland Home’s 35-yard-line at the start of the kick off. The Squadron began the 4th down at their own 47-yard-line, but Diaz carried for a Squadron first and ten.

Jalen Green carried the Squadron’s first touchdown, bringing the score to 6-35 with 1:16 left in the first half.

At the beginning of the second half, Alabama Christian’s kickoff was received by the Squadron.

Jamichael Herbert carried the ball for 41 yards to Alabama Christian’s 30-yard-line, and proceeded to carry the ball 32 yards on the fourth down for a Squadron touchdown, bringing the Squadron to 14 points.

The third quarter ended 14-35 with the Eagles in the lead.

The Eagles defeated the Squadron 28-49.

The Highland Home Squadron were set to face the Calhoun Tigers on Friday, but the Tigers have decided to cancel this year’s football season.

Other adjustments made to this year’s schedule include a game set against Central Hayneville on Oct. 9, and the game against Southside High School on Oct. 16.