DALLAS -- Highland Park celebrated with a trophy Friday night after its victory over Dallas Woodrow Wilson.
The Scots defeated the Wildcats 49-24 in a Class 4A Division I area-round playoff game in front of a packed crowd at Wildcat-Ram Stadium.
Woodrow Wilson put up a fight, but in the end ESPNDallas.com’s No. 1-ranked 4A team ran away with the win.
“We have a really explosive offense," Highland Park quarterback Brady Burgin said. "Defense played great and we’re a close team, so nothing can really get us down.”
After an early touchdown by Woodrow Wilson, Highland Park tied it 7-7 on Jackson Hauser’s 4-yard run. Hauser quickly scored again in the second quarter on a 3-yard run.
Woodrow tied the game again 14-14 on Colin Spencer’s 27-yard interception return for a touchdown. However, the Scots responded with two touchdown runs by Burgin.
The first half’s scoring ended with a 45-yard field goal from Woodrow’s Cameron Gomez, cutting the Scots' lead to 28-17 at halftime.
Highland Park picked up the second half right where it left off. Preston Miller’s 6-yard run put his team up 35-17.
Woodrow scored on another interception return, but Highland Park would take over the rest of the night. A 59-yard run from Miller and 44-yard pass to Hunter Halpin made the final score 49-24.
“They just rallied behind me," Burgin said. "It’s all about execution, and when we did that we were fine."
Many of the Highland Park students stormed the field as the last seconds ticked away, and then the Scots posed for pictures with their trophy.
“They know I’m proud of them," Highland Park coach Randy Allen said. "Anytime we win and get a trophy at the end of the game, it’s a big thing for us.”
Highland Park will face Tyler John Tyler next Friday in the 4A-I Region 2 semifinals. The game will be at Waco ISD Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
“We started the year with the idea that the third round was the one we wanted to focus on,” Allen said. “So this has been a focus and a goal of ours from the beginning, and our kids want to advance and they want to win next week.”