The rain was a great equalizer for Mansfield Legacy against Highland Park on Friday night. At least for a while.
The Broncos stayed with the Scots, ranked second in Class 5A by the Associated Press and the Star-Telegram Power Rankings, for most of the first half, but two late, second-quarter touchdowns propelled Highland Park to a 28-7 victory in a District 6-5A Division I game at Newsom Stadium.
There was a steady rain thoughout the game which hampered both offenses. After the teams combined for eight punts and two turnovers, Highland Park (6-0 overall, 3-0 District 6-5A Division I) finally scored on a 17-yard pass from quarterback Chandler Morris to Drew Scott to give the Scots a 7-0 lead with 1:24 left in the half.
Legacy (2-4, 1-2) fumbled the ball back to the Scots on the ensuing kickoff. Two plays later Morris found Drew Dodge for a 14-yard score and a 14-0 lead with 51 seconds left in the second quarter.
The Broncos scored on the opening series of the second half on a 37-yard pass from Cam Clark to Ife Adeyi to cut the lead to 14-7. But Highland Park answered right away.
Morris found a wide open Finn Corwin for a 59-yard scoring play and a 21-7 lead with 7:14 left in the third quarter. Morris iced the game with 5:04 left in the game with a two-yard scoring run.
Game was over when: Highland Park scored on a five-play, 73-yard drive, capped by Corwin’s 59-yard TD reception from Morris. The drive came right after Legacy had scored its only points of the night.
Play of the game: The Broncos only score came on a fantastic catch by Ife Adeyi from Cam Clark. Adeyi was falling down in the end zone with two defenders on him as he caught and held on to the 37-yard pass from Clark. The play gave the Broncos a spark and cut the lead to 14-7 with 9:08 left in the third quarter.
Offensive player of the game: Scots quarterback Chandler Morris was great in less than great conditions. The junior completed 14-of-30 passes for 203 yards and three scores. Morris added 60 rushing yards on 10 carries with a two-yard TD run.
Defensive player of the game: The Highland Park defense was led by Hudson Clark who came away with two interceptions. The first, at the Legacy 45 yard line, set up the Scots first score. The Highland Park defense allowed only one first down to Legacy on five possessions after the Broncos scored with 9:08 left in the third quarter.
Unsung hero of the game: Mansfield Legacy running back Kaleb King kept the Broncos in the game with 89 rushing yards on 23 carries. King had the bulk of the Broncos offense which had 181 total yards.
What’s next? District 6-5A Division I play will continue as Highland Park will host Dallas Samuell at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. Legacy will head to Franklin Stadium in Dallas on Oct. 19 at 7:30 for a date with Dallas Wilson.