GRANGER TWP. — Highland quarterback Bruce Kinsey couldn’t have asked for a better Friday night.
The junior broke a school record, tied another and accounted for five touchdowns as the Hornets steamrolled winless Revere 56-0 in Suburban League play.
How efficient was the signal caller Friday night? Kinsey’s first three passes were touchdowns. He threw for another just before halftime to break the season mark held by Nick Knerem (2008, 12) and tie the single-game record of Jerry Scholle, who threw four in 2009 against Tallmadge.
Kinsey also let his legs do some talking, as he scampered into the end zone from 24 yards out in the second half.
“Personally, I love to play, but I like to play because of the camaraderie with my brothers on the football team,” Kinsey said. “I wore a shirt to school today that said, ‘I love my O-line.’ It’s just nice to have friends that play on the football team. That’s the fun part of it.”
Kinsey finished 6-for-7 passing to four different receivers for 204 yards as Highland (4-3, 2-2) sent Revere (0-7, 0-4) to its school-record 19th consecutive less.
“He’s improving game by game,” Hornets coach Tom Lombardo said. “He’s a kid that really studies the game, wants to get better and you end up seeing the results.”
Kinsey’s receiving corps had a phenomenal game as well, highlighted by a three-reception, 99-yard night from junior Cory Moncol, who caught a pair of TDs.
Alex Harris’ 6-yard run put Highland up 21-0 just 13 minutes into the game, and a 63-yard slant to Tanner Houska and 33-yard, over-the-shoulder catch by Sean Dick in the back of the end zone put the Hornets up 35-0 at halftime.
“He always complains to me not to throw it over his shoulder,” Kinsey said of Dick’s catch. “But in the end, he caught it and it was a great catch. Just another awesome play by our receivers.”
The Minutemen gave Highland great field position for most of the half thanks to five holding penalties, including one that brought back a 52-yard completion from Zack Lehman to John Tibbs on the opening drive.
“We kind of got it rolling,” Lombardo said. “We had that passing efficiency early and ran the ball at the end of the second and early third. We had short fields.”
After Kinsey’s TD run, Highland kept the ball on the ground, as Kent Masters and Ryan Miller scored to close the night.
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Highland 56, Revere 0
REVERE 0 0 0 0 — 0
HIGHLAND 14 21 14 7 — 56
H — Cory Moncol 52 pass from Bruce Kinsey (Joe Simonis kick), 5:35.
H — Alex Harris 6 run (Simonis kick), 2:38.
H — Moncol 23 pass from Kinsey (Simonis kick), 11:10.
H — Tanner Houska 63 pass from Kinsey (Simonis kick), 6:57.
H — Sean Dick 33 pass from Kinsey (Simonis kick), 0:16.
H — Kinsey 24 run (Simonis kick), 7:45.
H — Kent Masters 4 run (Simonis kick), 2:58.
H — Ryan Miller 1 run (Simonis kick), 3:43.