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Hoxie's Thomas Kingsland wraps up a Highland player during a hard-fought senior high contest with the Rebels Friday night. The Mustangs came up just short, falling 14-7 in the non-conference matchup.
Submitted Photo ~ David Dobbs
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Mistakes at crucial times proved costly for the Hoxie Mustangs on Friday night, as the Highland Rebels came away from Crider Field with a hard-fought 14-7 victory in senior high football action.

"We had numerous opportunities and didn't cash in on them," said Hoxie head coach Tom Sears. "We dropped a pass in the end zone, had a touchdown pass called back and fumbled at the 15-yard line after a long throw and catch. You can't beat good football teams missing those opportunities."

After the teams battled to a scoreless first half, Highland got on the scoreboard first, when quarterback Will Edmondson, a former Lawrence Countian, passed 14 yards to tight end Landon Strobbe with 6:40 to play in the third quarter. The conversion attempt was no good.

Hoxie took the lead early in the fourth quarter on quarterback Jeremy Anglin's one-yard run. Anglin then kicked the extra-point to give the Mustangs a 7-6 lead with 11:10 to play in the game.

Highland, who rotated their quarterbacks during the game, scored the game-winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Garrett Sublett. The two-point conversion gave the Rebels their final points with just over two minutes to play in the game.

"It was a tough, emotional loss for our football team," said Sears. "It was one of the most physical games I have been a part of."

Anglin completed two-of-seven passes for 44 yards.

Sebastian Irvin led the Hoxie ground game, with 67 yards on 18 carries. Dillon Williamson added 12 yards on six attempts.

Jonathan Quesada had one reception for 32 yards, and Austin Anglin caught one pass for 12 yards.

Devin Roberts led the Mustangs' defensive effort, with 18 tackles. Blake Snow made 17 tackles, and Tyler Hall had 16. Chris Montelongo recorded 15 stops, and Joe Gage had 13. Thomas Kingsland had 11 tackles.

Hoxie opens 3A-3 conference play on Friday at Manila. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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