Could Highland Park have won the Class 5A state championship in Arkansas last season?
That’s a hypothetical scenario, of course, but one worth considering with Pulaski Academy, the private-school powerhouse from Little Rock, coming to Highlander Stadium for the Scots’ home opener tonight.
After all, HP rallied for a 48-42 win over Pulaski during the same week last season. The Bruins haven’t lost a game since, as they rolled off 13 straight wins and earned a state title.
None of Pulaski’s opponents last season scored as many points against them as the Scots, and the only time the Bruins managed fewer than 42 points of their own came in the championship game.
So what does all of this mean for the rematch? For HP, the game will again present the biggest test prior to the start of District 10-6A play later this month. And it will show how much the Scots have improved following a narrow 28-26 win over Frisco Centennial in their season opener last week.