2008 Week One: Highlands 26 Ryle 6
Date/Time: Friday, August 29 at 7:00PM
Highlands picked up where the program left off in 2007, defeating Kentucky Class 6A Ryle 26-6 in the season opener, played at Highlands. Running back Clint Crawford, filling in for starter Josh Conner (who is out for 4-6 weeks due to a broken fibula), led the way for the 'Birds on the ground, rushing for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Tony Guidugli completed 10 of his 15 passing attempts for 184 yards in the air, to go along with his 17-yard touchdown run. Receiver Nick Buten hauled in two passes for 105 receiving yards. Placekicker Adam Weinel made two field goals (from 24 yards and 31 yards) and two extra points to round out the scoring. Highlands' defense was the star of the game, however, limiting Ryle to just 158 total yards in the game and allowing only one touchdown, scored in the fourth quarter. The Bluebirds extended their winning streak to 16 games with the win. This is the state's longest current winning streak.
Also, the Highlands junior varsity (JV) team defeated Ryle's JV squad 23-13 during the opening week of JV action. This game was played at Ryle on Saturday, August 30 at 10:00AM. The Highlands freshman team does not begin the 2008 freshman season until next week.
Highlands' 2008 JV record to-date: 1-0. Highlands' 2008 varsity record to-date: 1-0.