In the 2012 battle between Macon and Highland, the Tigers jumped all over the Cougars, beating them   49-3.
So far, in 2013, Highland has come close to winning games, including staying within seven points of Clark County, only to have the Indians pull away late.
The Cougars are 0-4 through the first four weeks of the season, and it won’t be much easier this week, as Macon has won three straight after losing in Week 1 to Palmyra.
The Highland Cougars, under the command of head coach Kenny Grubb, have 12 lettermen coming back for the 2013 season.
Some of top players coming back for the Cougars include: Alex Nunn (6’ 3”, 200 lb. SR) on the offensive line; Garrett Gray (6’ 1”, 210 lb. SR) on the line; Wes Cramey (6’ 1”, 175 lb. SR) returns at one of the running back spots, and Laine Sly (6’ 0”, 170 lb. SR) will be back at wide  receiver.
The quarterback for the Highland Cougars will be junior Austin Richmiller (6’ 4”, 195 lb.). Richmiller was unable to do a whole lot last season against the Tigers, as the Macon D-line got to him a number of times. This season, the Cougar line will look to provide Richmiller with a little more protection.
Highland will have a little bit of speed in the backfield this year, with senior Zach Phillips (5’ 9” 175 lb.) setting up behind QB Richmiller at halfback.
Defensively, the Cougars will come out in a 4-3 setup. Highland has six returning starters from 2012.
Some of the top players returning include Nunn and Gray at defensive end positions, Cramsey will be at outside linebacker, and Ely Frye (5’ 11”, 195 lb. SR) will be at safety.
Some of the newcomers for Highland will include Dustin Wakefield (5’ 10”, 180 lb. SO) at running back; Dalton Sparks (5’ 9”, 145 lb. JR) will see action at slot receiver; and Aron Arnold (6’ 0”, 170 lb. SR) will play safety.
In week 1 of the 2013 season, the Cougars had to travel to Centralia to take on the tough Panthers, and would be shut out 55-0.
Week 2 saw Highland play host to the Bulldogs of Brookfield, and would be a close game, with the Dogs pulling out a 17-14 win.
Week 3 pitted the Cougars against the Clark County Indians at Kahoka, and Highland would hang with them for a good part of the game, getting within 20-13, but the Indians would pull away for a 32-13 win.
Week 4 sent Highland down Highway 61 to take on the Palmyra Panthers, and the Cougars would be sent away with a 40-0 loss to Palmyra. After playing host to  Macon in Week 5, the Cougars will head to Mark Twain in Week 6.
Weeks 7 and 8 mean home games against South Shelby and Monroe City, before ending the regular season at Louisiana in Week 9.
Highland took first blood against Macon in 2012, but the Tigers came back to win big. Let’s see that again!