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By David Sharp
Macon (2-2) overcame a ten point deficit after three quarters of their September 17, 2021 Clarence Cannon Conference football game at Highland, scoring the final 12 points for a 32-30 win.
The Tigers also overcame the resignation of Head Football Coach Jamison Allen earlier in the day. Macon intercepted a Drew Mallett pass early in the game. Highland (3-1) scored the first two touchdowns. Robert Goehl ran the ball in from four yards out. Goehl scored on the two point run for an 8-0 Cougar lead.
Devin Stutsman caught a two yard pass from Drew Mallett for a 16-0 first quarter lead. Cameron Bringer ran in the two point conversion. Macon ran the ensuing kickoff back 80 yards for a touchdown. The two point conversion failed, leaving Highland ahead by a 16-6 margin.
“We didn’t have an answer for their running game,” Highland coach David DeGarmo said. The Cougars had problems limiting quarterback Mykel Linear and running back Maurice Magruder on the speed option. “We could stop one or the other, but we couldn’t stop them both.”
“They really took advantage of that in the fourth quarter,” Coach DeGarmo said. “They had that power read. They just took it down the field and put it in the end zone with about two minutes to go.”
“They started that (game winning) drive with about five minutes to go,” David DeGarmo said. “My hat is off to them. Those kids had a really rough week. They were very happy to win that game. Probably more than most.”
“They beat us. There is really nothing else to say about that.”
Trevin Shrum scored a Macon rushing touchdown from five yards out, pulling the Tigers within a 16-12 deficit. The point after touchdown kick was unsuccessful. Drew Mallett closed first quarter scoring with a six yard touchdown run for a 22-12 lead. The Highland two point conversion failed.
The Cougars led 22-12 at intermission. Macon pulled within a 22-20 score on a 52 yard touchdown pass. Anton Zamora ran in the two point conversion. Maurice Magruder pulled the Tigers within a 30-26 deficit.
Mykel Linear threw a 16 yard touchdown pass with around two minutes to play in the game for a 32-30 lead after a failed two point conversion.
Highland had passes broken up on their final two plays. Macon took over on downs and ran for a first down. The Tigers ran out the remaining time and celebrated their 32-30 win.
Highland outgained the Tigers 349-247 yards. Highland held a 282-140 yard rushing advantage. Macon outgained Highland by a 107-67 passing margin. The Cougars held a 17-12 advantage in first downs.
Highland had two turnovers and Macon turned the football over once. Cameron Bringer intercepted his fifth pass of the season near the Cougar goal line late in the first half. Macon converted 7-12 third down opportunities. Highland was 3-10 on third down plays. The Cougars were 3-4 on fourth down. Macon converted the only fourth down gamble they tried.
Drew Mallett was 9-13 passing for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Mallett rushed seven times for 164 yards and a touchdown. Drew Mallett had an 86 yard run from near his end zone in the first quarter.
Robert Goehl led Highland in rushing with 24 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown. Cameron Bringer had three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Holder had two receptions for 22 yards. Devin Stutsman had a touchdown catch.
Robert Goehl had seven tackles, three for loss. Brandon Holder was next with three Highland tackles on defense.
The Cougars host South Shelby in week five area high school football action. The contest is Highland’s homecoming football game.