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Saturday, December 7, 2013

LIVE GAME TRACKER: Highlands vs. Collins 4A State Championship Game

BOWLING GREEN - FortThomasMatters reporting LIVE from Houchens Industries - LT Smith Stadium. The Birds are looking for a Kentucky record, 23rd championship and 7th in a row against the Titans. Game should start around 3:30 PM EST.

A victory today would give the Birds the nation's longest active state title win streak.

Collins and Highlands in 4A finals. Collins took opening kickoff and has driven to Highlands red zone and taken almost 6 minutes off clock.

Collins takes 7-0 lead on Highlands after a 13-play, 92-yard drive capped by Ryan Watkins' 1-yd TD with 6:16 left first quarter. Exactly what the Titans wanted to do. Score and take time off the clock. Highlands hasn't touched the ball yet.
TOUCHDOWN HARRIS! Bluebirds go 66 yards in 8 plays. Zach Harris scores from the 2 to tie it 7-7 with 4:15 left 1st Q. That didn't take long. Birds Offense clicking.
Highlands' Evan Allen made great catch but then fumbled it away. Collins takes over on its own 38. Teams are tied 7-7 with 1:50 left 1st Q.

Highlands 7 Collins 7 - End of 1Q
Highlands fails to convert fourth-and-11 at the Collins 30. Still tied 7-7 with 10 minutes left first half.

Collins' Ryan Watkins breaks off a 38-yard run to the Highlands' 9-yard line with 2:26 left in half.

Collins 10 Highlands 7 - 1:25 2Q, 27 yard FG
Halftime Collins 10 Highlands 7

1st half summed up: Collins DL giving HHS OL fits. Time of possession lopsided: Collins 16 minutes, HHS 8 minutes.

TOUCHDOWN BIRDS! Highlands takes opening kickoff and drives for go-ahead score -- Zach Harris 6-yd run. Bluebirds up 14-10 with 9:23 left third quarter.
Collins answers, drives 80 yds to regain lead on Deandre Farris' 3-yd TD. Titans lead Highlands 17-14 with 5:55 left 3rd quarter.
45 yd FG attempt by Highlands is no good, Collins still up 17-14 with 2:20 left in Q3
Big chunk plays given up by Highlands defense. Lawson Page's 10-yd TD pass to Nathan Sames pushes Collins lead to 23-14 over Highlands as 3rd quarter ends.
HUUUUUUUGE PLAY! On 3rd and 30. 34 yd TD pass to Evan Allen, nice catch and run Highlands down 23-21 now with 10:36 left in Q4
Collins responds. 1yard TD run Collins - Highlands down 30-21 with 9:23 left
What. A. Game. Highlands punches back. Drew Houliston hits a wide-open Alex Veneman with 42-yd TD pass to cut Collins lead to 30-28 with 8:24 left.
DEFENSE STEPS UP BIG!!!!!!!! Huge 4th down stop by Highlands as they take over on Collins 44

Big play after big play. Highlands converts 4th-and-7 with Drew Houliston's 10-yd pass to Jason Feggins to the Collins 31 with 4 minutes left.

27 yard pass, Highlands on Collins 5 with 3:45 left, down by 2

It took 3 tries on a direct snap, but HHS RB Zach Harris gets in from the 2! TOUCHDOWN BIRDS! Highlands up 34-30 on Collins with 2:33 left
Collins now completes a 40 yarder from Page to Farris to take them down to the Highlands 40.

Collins has it at Highlands 12, 4th down only 13 seconds left.

Collins Nathan Sames catches 12-yd TD pass to put Titans up 37-34 with :07 left. Collins' backup QB forced into the game because Page lost his helmet and hits Sames for the TD.
That'll do it. Collins 37 - Highlands 34. Titans stun the Bluebirds in an absolute thriller. Great game. Great season. The boys have a lot to be proud of.

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