Saturday, November 13, 1999

Highlands 62, Harrison County 26

Hamblen scores 5 TDs, Guidugli throws for 6

Enquirer contributor

        After spending much of last year playing in the shadows of Derek Smith and Jared Lorenzen, Highland's newest crop of talent got its turn Friday night.

        Junior quarterback Gino Guidugli threw a career-high six touchdown passes and junior receiver Brett Hamblen scored a career-high five touchdowns as Highlands routed Harrison County 62-26 in a second-round playoff game at Highlands.

        The Bluebirds set the tone on the first play from scrimmage. Guidugli rolled to his right and found Hamblen wide open on the sideline. Hamblen went 69 yards for the score.

        “The first play was important. Our goal was to beat them early, get our starters out and get ready for next week,” High lands coach Dale Mueller said.

        Highlands continued to apply pressure on both sides of the ball and scored two more touchdowns late in the first quarter thanks to the defense.

        The Bluebirds forced back-to-back turnovers, which Guidugli turned into quick points with touchdown passes to Hamblen and Kevin Mulroney.

        The momentum spilled into the second quarter, with Hamblen scoring three straight touchdowns. He opened the quarter with his third touch down, on a 43-yard punt return, then scored on passes of 17 and 42 yards.

        “I think I scored four touchdowns in little league once,” Hamblen said, “We knew what defense they were playing, and we were able to exploit it.”

        Highlands went to halftime with a 49-6 lead.

        Hamblen finished the half with six catches for 145 yards, and Guidugli completed 12 of 21 passes for 240 yards. Neither played in the second half.

        “Last year I learned so much playing with Jared Lorenzen,” Guidugli said, “Things have come together for me. It's been an easy transition into the starting role.”

        Highlands will face Dixie Heights in a rematch next weekend. The Bluebirds beat Dixie 24-6 in the regular season.

        “Dixie will come out with fire next week. They are the toughest team we've played all year,” Guidugli said.

        Harrison County ....... 0   6  6  14—26

        Highlands ....... 21  28  0  13—62

        High—Hamblen 69 pass from Guidugli (Jones kick)

        High—Hamblen 11 pass from Guidugli (Jones kick)

        High—Mulroney 29 pass from Guidugli (Jones kick)

        High—Hamblen 43 punt return (Jones kick)

        High—Hamblen 17 pass from Guidugli (Jones kick)

        High—Hamblen 42 pass from Guidugli (Jones kick)

        High—Adams 23 pass from Guidugli (Jones kick)

        Har—Custard 30 pass from Kearns (kick failed)

        Har—Williams 50 run (run failed)

        Har—Furnish 8 pass from Faulkner (run failed)

        High—Mueller 16 run (Chuke kick)

        High—McStevens 26 interception return (kick failed)

        Har—Scott 6 pass from Faulkner (Williams run)

        Records: Hi 11-1, Ha 8-4


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