HIGH ISLAND – Whether it’s six-man or 11-man football, a one-point loss hurts just the same.

“It always stinks to be on the losing end of a one-point ballgame, but we were 35-point underdogs coming into this game,” High Island head football coach Brent Williamson said after a 45-44 loss to Sugar Land Logos Prep Friday night. “Not holding onto the football cost us and not making our extra points. If we had made our kicks, we’d have won this ball game.”

High Island was 4-for-6 on kicks, but since they are worth two points apiece in 6-man football, those misses proved costly.

The Cardinals (0-3) started fast, with Oliver Knipe returning the opening kickoff 55 yards for a touchdown. From there, High Island stretched things out to 22-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Cardinals made their most damage with a punishing ground game that kept the Logos Prep Lions on their heels.

“I love smashmouth football,” Williamson said “That’s the style I like to play and make the other team step and play.”

The steady, grinding game suits the High Island personnel, but another aspect can help them get the big plays.

“If you have a kid who can really go, he can get around the corner and take off before the defense knows what is going on,” Williamson said. “But I preach on quickness. Our guys are big, but if they can hit the hole quick, that speed on the other side is not going to kill us.”

That happened later in the game, when Dylan Blake kept answering the call for High Island as Logos Prep tried to run away with the game.

The senior scored on runs of 35 and 63 yards with a 5-yarder sandwiched in between.

At the same time, High Island’s defense was keeping the Lions’ passing game in check. Logos completed just five passes in the game.

“They are actually a big play team and I was surprised with our defense,” Williamson said. “They stepped up and stopped the big plays. We have given up the big plays the last two weeks.”

Blake led the Cardinals’ rushing attack with 155 yards on 13 totes. Oliver Knipe went 12-for-93 and a TD, while Dalton DeMoss picked up 38 yards on six carries and scored once.

Noah Villarreal and Tyler Kvetensky turned High Island’s lone pass completion into a five-yard scoring strike.

The Cardinals travel to Baytown Christian next for a 7 p.m. Friday contest.

Contact Sports Editor John DeLapp at 409-683-5242 or john.delapp@galvnews.com.

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