2010 Week One: Highlands 45 Louisville DuPont Manual 14
Date/Time: Friday, August 20 at 7:30PM
Location: Highlands High School
Fort Thomas Highlands extended it current win streak to 29 games after blasting Class 6A Louisville DuPont Manual 45-14 in the season opener for both teams. The Class 5A Bluebirds attacked the Crimsons with a well-balanced offense, rushing for 286 yards and passing for 147 yards. Running back Corey Compton led the Bluebirds' rushing effort in the first half, gaining 64 yards on the ground and scoring three touchdowns. Running back Jordan Streeter matched Compton's yardage total, amassing 64 yards on 11 carries. Running back Colin Seidl rushed for 50 yards and one touchdown in the second half. Quarterback Patrick Towles completed 11 of his 20 passing attempts in the game. He finished the contest with 147 passing yards and one touchdown, a 20-yard connection to wide receiver Daniel Gold in the second quarter. Towles threw no interceptions in the game. Gold caught three passes for 45 yards and wide receiver Austin Sheehan hauled in three passes for 65 yards. In addition to making all of his extra point attempts, kicker Adam Weinel made a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
On defense, Highlands played a tremendous game, limiting Manual to 15 yards of offense in the first half. The Bluebirds' defensive linemen and linebackers penetrated Manual's offensive backfield throughout the game, recording several quarterback sacks. Defensive back Austin Abner made a key interception late in the first half, which set up a Highlands touchdown to extend the Bluebirds' lead to 28-0 at halftime. Also, defensive back Drake Bruns made an interception that he returned 50 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Highlands entered the game ranked first in Kentucky Class 5A in all the state's preseason ranking lists. Highlands was also ranked first in Northern Kentucky, regardless of football classification.
The Highlands junior varsity (JV) team was initially scheduled to play the Louisville DuPont Manual JV team on Saturday, August 21. However, this game was canceled by Manual.
- Highlands' 2010 varsity record: 1-0 (0-0 in district play)
- Highlands' 2010 junior varsity (JV) record: 0-0
- Highlands' 2010 freshman record: 0-0