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HIGHLANDS (Class AAA)

SCHEDULE

Aug. 21 Highlands 50, Hancock Co. 15
Aug. 28 EVANSVILLE (IN) HARRISON, 8 p.m.
Sept. 3 at Campbell County
Sept. 17 at Cincinnati Elder
Sept. 24 at Lexington Paul Dunbar
Oct. 2 at Covington Catholic, 2 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Scott
Oct. 15 DIXIE HEIGHTS
Oct. 22 HOLMES
Oct. 29 CONNER
(All games at 7:30 unless noted)
Coach: Dale Mueller (121-40, including 1-0 this year)

Outlook: A Highlands team with only eight seniors, just three returning starters on offense and few big names might sound vulnerable. Don't count on it.

The Bluebirds rank No. 1 in the Enquirer's Northern Kentucky coaches poll and the Courier-Journal's Class AAA state coaches poll, and No. 19 in Fox Sports Net's ''Fox Fab 50'' national ratings. It started strong with a 50-15 beating of Hancock County in the season opener last Saturday.

Highlands was an offensive juggernaut the past three seasons, averaging 91 touchdowns a year (including a state-record 113 last year). For comparison, only four other schools in state history have scored more than 91 in a season.

This team will be less powerful, but perhaps faster. Its strength is speed. Weaknesses? Asked for some in a preseason questionnaire, Mueller wrote, ''We don't believe we have a team weakness.''

A defense which started five sophomores last season is a year older and stronger, led by phenomenal junior linebacker Brent Grover (150 tackles in 1998). He'll also start at tight end this year. Commence comparisons to Derek Smith.

Junior Gino Guidugli gets to follow in Jared Lorenzen's sizeable footsteps at quarterback. If he's half as good, Highlands could repeat its state title.

ROSTER
Name Pos Ht Wt Yr
Josh AdamsTE-LB 6-2 19011
Jeremy Andrasik DL 6-2 19011
Brian Barre RB-DL 6-0 19111
Nick Behymer RB-LB5-11 16510
Michael Beiting TE-LB 6-0 18310
Frank Benton WR-LB 6-3 19812
Tony Bertke OL-LB 6-0 18510
Kyle Bittner WR 5-6 13510
Anthony BonominiRB-DB 5-7 14011
Tyler Browning DL-K 5-7 16811
Danny CarrOL-DL 6-0 21510
Derek Chuke RB-DB5-11 15810
Brandon Cottingham DL 6-3 17510
Zach Deaton OL 6-0 17812
Jake Donelan QB 6-0 17011
Billy Evans OL-DL 6-0 20010
Clem Fennell RB-DB 5-7 15811
Andrew FrakesTE 6-3 20410
Ben Freer RB-LB5-11 18511
Matt GramstadRB-DB 6-0 17410
P.J. GrimmRB-LB 6-0 18010
Brent Grover TE-LB 6-4 23011
Gino GuidugliQB 6-4 19511
Brett HamblenWR-DB 6-0 17611
Ryan Hazelrigg OL-DL 6-1 22810
Andy Hill OL-DL 6-0 22611
Tommy Howell RB-DL 5-6 14310
Zak Hudepohl WR-DB5-11 15510
Tony Jansen OL-DL5-11 20010
Adam JohnstonWR-DB 6-0 16912
Brennan JonesR-B-K 6-0 16112
Burke LoflandWR-DB 6-0 17111
Kyle Loughnane TE 6-3 22011
Jeff MasonOL 6-3 22511
Scott McLarenOL 6-3 26210
Jake McMahon OL-DL5-11 20710
Jess Meloche RB-DL 6-1 21712
Eamon MuellerRB-LB 5-5 14310
Marc Mueller OL 6-4 26111
Kevin MulronyWR 6-0 17511
Joe Peter OL 6-0 22011
Ben Petracco WR-LB 5-9 14610
Mike Raleigh OL 6-1 23011
Chase ReedWR 5-9 15010
Jeff ReinstatlerOL 6-3 20810
Jeremy Reis DL 5-6 18010
Chris Schneider WR-DB 6-0 18011
Ben Scott DL 6-4 23511
Mike Slawter RB-LB 6-0 18511
Rob Smith OL-DL 6-4 25610
Aaron Stapleton WR-DB 6-0 16512
Nick Stevens RB-DL 5-7 15511
Nick Taylor OL-DL5-11 18110
Brad Theiss DL5-11 18511
Chad ThompsonOL-DL 6-3 26712
Scott Zechella LB5-10 15511
Brenden ZenniRB 5-8 15512