Highlands, the six-time defending champion in Class 4A, opened its season with a 47-17 victory at home on national television against defending Florida Class 2A champ University Christian.
Highlands, which fell behind 10-0 early, scored 47 unanswered points en route to the rout. The Kentucky Enquirer reported that senior QB Drew Houliston bounced back from two early turnovers to throw for 373 yards and four touchdowns.
"Before that series when we scored our first touchdown Coach (Dale) Mueller got on us quite a bit and it helped," Houliston told the Enquirer. "They tired down, the line played great and my receivers were getting open for me."
Paris 34, Bath County 23: Aaron Williams ran for 118 yards and scored a pair of TDs on an 85-yard kickoff return and a 28-yard catch for the Greyhounds.
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Wayne County 44, Monroe 14: The Cardinals totaled 324 yards of offense, with quarterback Tyler Guffey throwing two touchdown passes to Jason Perkins. Guffey also ran for two TDs.
Nicholas County 44, Bracken County 0: Ben Duncan threw three first-half TD passes to J.P. Wagner and Carl Hurd scored on 40- and 45-yard runs.
Owensboro Catholic 45, Apollo 6: Aces QB Houston Hartz was 24-for-37 for 250 yards and three touchdowns.
Hopkinsville 35, Greenwood 6: Hopkinsville's Dee Killebrew ran for two TDs, caught two more and blocked a field goal.
Caldwell County 45, Christian County 22: Tigers QB Elijah Sindelar threw for 185 yards and two scores.