It got close, but the result of the game was a familiar one, as the Highland Trojans (2-4) fell to the Hobart Brickies (2-4) 20-14 at The Brickyard in a tight game from kickoff to the last play.
The game marked the 16th straight defeat for the Trojans against Hobart, though it was not for a lack of effort. The Trojans took the lead early and though the Brickies led for a majority of the game, Highland kept it within arms reach. A fourth-quarter field goal made it 20-14 in favor of Hobart, but Highland recovered a fumble with just 25 seconds left as the Brickies tried to run out the clock. A completed pass put the Trojans within 30 yards and a chance to take the lead late, but a deep pass fell incomplete in the back of the end zone after the clock struck zero.
It was a great, closely contested game that doubled as Senior Night for Hobart, as Senior players were honored before the game along with family members and friends for their sacrifice on and off the field.
"Even though they fell tonight, Highland can hold their heads high. They kept it close against a team that's historically dominated them and they even had a chance to pull it off at the end, explained Nathan Laird of Region Sports Network, putting some historical context to the battle. "It was a nice win for Hobart to snap a five game losing streak and hopefully for them, take a little bit of momentum into the post-season."