Herbstreit Notebook: Trotwood-Highlands

CINCINNATI, OHIO – Everyone in the free world besides the Highlands players, coaches and parents assumed that Trotwood Madison was all set to have a cakewalk with Highlands, Ky. Well that is why you play the game as the Bluebirds stunned the Rams 24-20 in the most exciting game of the day at the Herbstreit Challenge.

For those that questioned whether or not Michael Shaw was the real deal or internet hype, shame on you for missing his performance in the Herbstreit Challenge and then you could see for yourself. The four-star running back showed his electric hips and superb vision. Shaw is not only a great back, but he is a tremendous receiver out of the backfield. Penn State is getting a good one.

Some questioned the ability of Trotwood wide receiver Roy Roundtree, probably not a good idea. Purdue is getting a steal. He catches everything and he is elusive in the open field. The most impressive aspect of his game was his fearlessness coming acrossed the middle of the field.

Doug Rippy struggled the first few series of the game, but he seemed to find his groove as the game went on. It's likely that Rippy had a case of the butterflies in only his second game with the Rams.

Brandon Moore had a disappointing evening, but it wasn't entirely his fault as nothing was thrown his way. The problem we saw was he doesn't seem to like blocking very much and if he ever plans on playing tight end in the Big Ten he needs to acquire a taste for it fast.

A bigger, stronger Ike Washington had a solid game for the Rams. He was a stalwart on the defensive line and he made a number of plays.

Dominique Britt threw for almost 300 yards, but I would not say he had a solid performance. Most of the yards were gained by his receivers and backs after the catch. Britt needs more polish. At times he seems to run when he should be a little more patient and wait for things to develope.

Junior running back Josh Connor put himself on the map for Highlands. Connor had more than 150 yards of total offense for the Bluebirds. He is a solidly built 6-1, 191-pounds.

Quarterback Clay Cecil had a solid game running the ball and looks like he could be a very good safety at the next level.

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