The Highland football team is looking to grab a winning record this year after falling just short in 2013 with a 4-5 record.
Offensively, Highland will be a very young team. The first thing Highland will need to do is replace Kody Wood at quarterback. Wood was 96-172 last year with 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns, and no player has any experience from last year at the QB position. Running wise, Brian Garcia comes back as the lead back with 670 yards and seven touchdowns, but lose their No. 2 and 3. On the receiving side of the ball they lose their top two to graduation, but do bring back a little young experience with Junior Nick Sandburg and his 209 yards and three touchdowns, and Trent Lasek with his 114 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, the Huskies lose five of their top six tacklers, with Josh Kasparek the top returner with 58 tackles. Nick Sandburg and Lane Welsh will need to step up this year at their positions to help lead the defense along with Kasparek.
Much like Columbus and Sigourney-Keota, Highland sees a pair of back-to-back games that will be circled a few times on the schedule. They start things off at Danville this Friday, travel to Iowa Valley and then host Columbus and West Marshall. They travel to Regina, host Pella Christian and then travel to Sigourney-Keota. Highland wraps up the season hosting Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont and traveling to Central Lee for the final game.