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9/18/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Photographer

 

    For the first time since the 2012 season, the Highlanders are 4-0, thanks in part to their most recent win against the La Mirada Matadores, last Friday night. When it was all said and done from Highlanders’ Stadium, the final score was 49 to 7, as the Highlanders showed their strength on all three sides of the ball.

    The Highlanders scored an impressive win over La Mirada last Friday night, by dominating all aspects of the game. It didn’t take long for the onslaught of Upland touchdowns to begin, as the home team got their first touchdown, just two and a half minutes into the game. Cameron Davis was able to run in a goal-line touchdown, after the Highlanders’ special teams unit blocked a Matadores’ punt attempt and got the ball down to the one-yard line. The play gave the Upland offense prime position and they made quick work with it, as Davis ran in for the go-ahead touchdown. A failed two-point conversion attempt meant the Highlanders were up six to zero early.

    With 4:14 left in the first, the Highlanders found the endzone for the second time of the night, after quarterback, David Baldwin, connected with Simon Samarzich, for an 18-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown was Samarzich’s first of the season. This time, the two point conversion attempt was successful, as Kyle Jones ran it in from two yards out, to put the Highlanders up 14 to nothing.

    La Mirada’s offense had begun to put together a decent drive late in the first, as they worked their way into Upland territory. Unfortunately for the Matadores, the Highlanders’ defense quickly brought an end to the Matadores hopes, as the Highlanders forced a fumble. Upland senior, Leonard Leau, was there to recover the fumble for the Highlanders’ defense. The first quarter would come to a close shortly thereafter and after 12 minutes of play, the Highlanders were up 14 to zero.

    An eventful second quarter saw a major increase in the Highlanders’ lead, as both the Upland’s offense and defense scored touchdowns in this quarter. Quite possibly the highlight of the night occurred with 9:05 left in the second, when Baldwin heaved a pass deep downfield to receiver, Taj Davis. Seemingly locked in a one-on-one battle with his defender, Davis somehow managed to catch the ball around the 10-yard line. From there, Davis hobbled his way into the endzone, as the La Mirada defender was desperately trying to bring Davis down. After a successful PAT kick from Archie Green, the Highlanders were up 21 to nothing.

    The next score came with 6:29 left in the second, as this time it was the Highlanders’ defense making another huge play. Shamar Whestone intercepted a pass from the Matadores’ quarterback and ran it all the way to the house, for a 75-yard pick-six. It was Whestone’s first pick-six interception of the season. Archie Green put up another successful PAT, and midway through the second, the Highlanders were up 28 to squat.

    The home crowd didn’t have to wait long for their team to score once more, as the Highlanders scored another touchdown the very next offensive drive. David Baldwin found an open Bryce Parker, for a touchdown pass, with 2:38 remaining before the end of the half. Although it was Parker’s only touchdown of the night, the senior led the Highlanders in the receiving category, as he caught the ball five times, for 100 yards and a touchdown. After Archie Green’s third successful PAT, the Highlanders were up 35 to nothing.

    As if La Mirada wasn’t already having a bad night, their offense turned the ball over again, just one minute later. Another interception, this time received by Upland defensive back, Jaden Dedman, meant that the Highlanders’ offense was going to get the ball back to close out the half. Heading into the locker room, the Highlanders had a massive 35 to 0 lead.

    The Highlanders quickly scored once more, as soon as the second half got underway, as running back, Cameron Davis, ran the ball in for his second rushing touchdown of the night. The touchdown added to Davis’s stats of the night, which included five rushes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. With 11:24 remaining in the third, the score was 42 to zero.

    Scoring for the Highlanders’ final time of the night would be LeShaun Potts, with seven minutes remaining in the third. Archie Green’s fifth and final PAT of the night was good, and the Highlanders were then up by 49 points. La Mirada eventually scored for the first time of the night, deep in the third, by virtue of a passing touchdown. However, that would be all she wrote, as no scoring would occur after that. The final score from Highlanders’ stadium was 49 to 7.

    Highlanders’ head coach, Tim Salter, had nothing but praise for his team after the game. When asked how the game went, Salter said, “It started out pretty good, when we blocked the punt. We blocked the punt and got an easy score. We had the interception returned for a touchdown.” Salter went on to say, “We did a lot of good things on defense and special teams that kind of ignited everything.” The best way to sum up the night though would be how Salter put it, when he said, “Tonight we scored on defense; we scored on special teams; and we scored on offense. When you do that, you’re going to win a lot of games.”

    Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, had another solid performance as he completed 11 passes out of 14 attempts, for 199 yards and four touchdowns. It left Baldwin with a 159.2 quarterback rating, one of his highest of the season thus far.

    The Highlanders will now prepare to take the fight on the road, as their next two games are both away. The first game of the two will be this Friday night, down in Temecula, as the Highlanders will face Great Oak, a team they beat 38 to 25 last season.

 

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9/11/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography By: Nadia Castro, The Plaid Photographer

    The momentous start to the 2017 season continued on Friday night, as the Highlanders travelled to Redlands High School to defeat the Redlands East Valley Wildcats 47 to 26. With strong performances turned in by players Kyle Jones, Cameron Davis, Taj Davis, and Justin Flowe, the Highlanders moved to 3-0 in the season, as they prepare to face La Mirada.

    Although the REV Wildcats were able to put up 26 points against the Highlanders defense, the Highlanders ultimately turned in the better overall performance in offense and defense. The scoring began after a nice offensive drive was put together by Baldwin and Co. as they marched up the field, handed it off to senior, Kyle Jones, who promptly ran it in for a three-yard-rushing touchdown, to put the Highlanders up seven to zero early in the first. About six minutes later in the first, it would be Kyle Jones scoring once more, for a 12-yard-touchdown run. Paired with a blocked PAT, the Highlanders were up 13 to nothing, as the first quarter of play came to a close. At this point, it seemed the Highlanders’ offense was finding ways around the Wildcats’ defense.

    After a sloppy drive by the Wildcats, the Highlanders quickly got the ball back in their hands early in the second. Similar to what they had already done twice before, the Highlanders made quick work of the Wildcats’ defense, with ten minutes left in the second. This time, it was Cameron Davis who would run it in from outside of the goal line to score another Highlanders’ touchdown. Although a failed two-point conversion followed, the Highlanders were now up 19 to zero, a familiar sight in the beginning half of this season.

    The Wildcats’ offense eventually found their way to the endzone, as they put up seven points, with eight minutes remaining in the second, by virtue of a passing touchdown thrown by quarterback, Myles Herrera. The pass was caught by Wildcats’ senior, Gabriel Clark. With eight minutes left in the second, the Highlanders were up 19 to 7.

    Perhaps one of the bigger highlights, if not the biggest, of the night, came on the Highlanders’ next offensive drive, with just over seven minutes left before the half. Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, who has turned in an impressive performances in the season’s first couple of games, proved his worth on the next scoring play of the night. Scrambling out of the pocket, Baldwin found an open Taj Davis way down field and the two juniors connected. Baldwin threw the ball at least 50 yards down field, and Davis caught the ball to take it all the way home, to complete a 75-yard-touchdown pass, which then put the Highlanders up 25 to 7.

    An ambitious Wildcat’ home crowd kept their team in the game though, as the Wildcats scored their second touchdown of the night, with three and a half minutes remaining in the second, which complemented a nice drive up the field. Gabriel Clark scored the Wildcats’ touchdown again, this time running it in. Paired with a blocked PAT, the score with three minutes left before the half was 25 to 13.

    Just when the crowd thought the first half was coming to a close, Justin Flowe, the latest phenom for the Highlanders, showed why you can never sleep on the Highlanders’ defense. The sophomore linebacker, who earned 12 total tackles in the night, seven of which were solo, sacked Wildcats’ quarterback, Myles Herrera, in their own endzone for a safety. Two points were thrown Upland’s way and heading into the locker rooms for halftime, the Highlanders were up 27 to 13.

    Midway through the third, junior, Cameron Davis, got his second touchdown of the night for the Highlanders with a 10-yard-rushing touchdown. Paired with a successful PAT kick by Archie Green, the Highlanders were quickly running away with the lead, as the score was now 40 to 13. It would end up being the only scoring play in the third quarter.

    An eventful final quarter of play added some juice to the game, as the Wildcats made a few zigs and zags that earned them two touchdowns. However, it wouldn’t be until after the Highlanders offense scored one more touchdown to cement their lead. On this score, it was Baldwin connecting with Kyle Jones, from six yards out. The completed pass meant Kyle Jones completed the hat trick and scored his third touchdown of the night, an impressive stat certainly. Archie Green kicked another successful PAT, and with 11 and a half minutes remaining in the fourth, the Highlanders were up 47 to 13.

    The Wildcats answered back immediately, as sophomore, Brandon Wells, ran in an 80-yard-plus kickoff return touchdown. The long run to the house got the home crowd excited and added to the already action-filled highlight reel of the night. Then, just one minute later, it was the Wildcats’ offense scoring again after a few passes up the field. After a successful PAT kick by the Wildcats’ kicker, the Wildcats chopped into the Highlanders lead. With 10 minutes left before the end of the game, the Highlanders were up 47 to 26.

    The comeback attempt ended there for the Wildcats, as the Highlanders defense held them at bay for the remainder of the game. Highlanders quarterback, David Baldwin, would exit the game, with roughly six minutes left in the game, due to an apparent leg injury. As of press time, the extent of the injury is unknown, but the injury did appear to be nothing more than bad legs cramps.

    At the end of four quarters of play from Redlands High School, the final score was 47 to 26 and the Highlanders earned their third consecutive win of the season and remain undefeated. Among the notable stats, Kyle Jones carried the ball 13 times for 73 yards, two rushing touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown. Cameron Davis ran the ball 13 times as well, for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Upland junior, Taj Davis, also scored two touchdowns on the night, as he had seven receptions for 178 yards. Taj Davis told the Daily Bulletin after the game, “We know we have things to work on but I still think we’re going to be the best team in our league. We just have to keep getting better.” On defense, Highlanders’ linebacker, Justin Flowe, powered through the Wildcats’ O-line, for seven solo tackles, a safety, and 12 total tackles.

    The Highlanders will now prepare for their fourth game of the season which will be against La Mirada this Friday night. The game will be here at Upland High School, with kickoff at 7:00p.m.

 

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9/11/17

By: Camille Sipple

The Plaid, Staff Writer

    On Thursday, September 7, the L.A. County Fair was host to our very own, Upland Highland Regiment. Recognizing the city of Upland for “Upland Day,” an invitation to perform in the annual parade of the fairgrounds was extended to the regiment. After months of practice, dedication and hard work, the Highland Regiment was ready to give everyone a parade that they would never forget. Even though it was a performance, these students still used it as an opportunity to improve themselves. Sophomore, Raquel Martinez, and bass clarinet player said “[parades] give us a chance to perfect our marching in a much more professional manner.”

    As the regiment marched to their cadences, cheers and smiles surrounded them all, throughout the fairgrounds. The excited cheers of their supporters drove the Highland Regiment to work harder and to enjoy the success after months of hard work. Junior trumpet player, Sebastian Gomez said, “I absolutely love participating in parades because it makes me feel good to hear people cheer for the band.”

    The experience is not new for the Regiment’s older members and some saw it as the kickoff to their last year with the beloved music program. Cameron Nicols, a senior baritone saxophone player said, “It made it so different just taking it all in and realizing I’ll never be able to do that again. It all went by so fast.” Natalie Noriega, a senior flute player also said, “I enjoy marching in the parades […] but it’s bittersweet since it’s my last year.” However, Noriega sees a bright future ahead for the program, long after her class is gone, as she said, “The regiment is continuing to get better throughout the years[...] a lot of the new freshmen are great and strong musicians.”

    With their fall show season about to begin, the LACF parade was a great start to the long season of competition to come. Head Drum Major, E.J. Miranda said that he, “enjoy[s] doing parades because it gives people a chance to see the regiment other than at field competitions.” It was clear that most of spectators cheering the regiment on were Upland High School alumni, who wished to see their alma mater once again and parades just seem to bring a community together to celebrate the good aspects of life. Senior flute player, Delainey Capps said, “Parades are one of the ways that band can represent the community by bringing everyone together.”

     It’s not the end of parades for Regiment seniors, however. The annual Upland Christmas Parade in December will also feature the Upland Highland Regiment on it’s parade route. If you missed this amazing experience at the L.A. County Fair, you can catch it again this winter. See you there!


 

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9/6/17

   By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography By: S.Little

     The Highlanders proved they are one of the teams to beat this year, as they went ballistic against the Claremont Wolfpack last Friday night. Entering the game, most knew that there was already an advantage for the Highlanders, just based off of sheer stats. However, the final score exceeded many people’s predictions. After four quarters of pure domination, the Highlanders defeated the Wolfpack 62 to 3 and claimed their stake in this year’s championship run.

    During a game like Friday night’s, the focus is typically more on what players can put up big numbers, rather than which team is going to win. The reason is because by the end of the first quarter, the game was pretty much over. Just one minute into the Highlanders’ first drive of the night, quarterback, David Baldwin, threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to receiver, Isaiah Banks, to put the “mighty Scots” up six to zero. Kicker, Archie Green, then entered the field to put up the PAT and ensure the Highlanders got the full seven points from the scoring play. After a kickoff back to the Wolfpack, the Claremont offense would then enter the field, although not for long.

    Only a couple plays in, and the Wolfpack fumbled the ball, leading to a fumble recovery by the Highlanders defense. Baldwin and his crew came back out onto the field and made quick work of the Wolfpack defense once more, as Baldwin connected to wide receiver, Corey Thomas, for a three-yard touchdown-pass completion. After another PAT from Green, the Highlanders were up 14 to zero, not even three minutes into the game. The parade of first quarter scoring didn’t stop there though, as the Highlanders scored once more after the defense forced the Wolfpack to punt the ball back into the Highlanders’ hands. After a few big plays and a nice drive up the field, Baldwin threw another touchdown pass, this time connecting with receiver, Bryce Parker. Green’s PAT this time would go wide left a bit. However, the Highlanders’ lead was already cemented. At the end of one quarter of play, the Highlanders were up 20 to nothing against the Claremont Wolfpack.

    With the start of the second quarter, the Highlanders immediately began finding the endzone some more. Baldwin continued his respectable performance, as he connected with receiver, Taj Davis, for a 50-yard touchdown pass, just one minute into the second quarter. The Highlanders were now up 27 to nothing. Then, just a couple minutes later, the Highlanders found the endzone again. On this score, it was Baldwin connecting with receiver, Taj Davis, again for a 12-yard touchdown pass. After a successful PAT from Archie Green, the Highlanders were then up 34 to zero. As if the home team hadn’t enough of scoring, the Highlanders scored again, just a minute later and this time, on defense.

    Defensive back, Caleb Roberson, returned a fumble recovery for an 18-yard touchdown, and with a long eight minutes still to go before the half. The score was already 41 to nothing. Has the point gotten across yet? By now, the Highlanders had completely locked the game up. The Claremont Wolfpack did end up eventually scoring though, as they managed to sneak in a field goal, with three and a half minutes remaining in the second. However, this field goal was quickly trumped by yet another Highlanders’ touchdown a couple minutes later. With the first half of play coming to a close, the Highlanders’ offense was sure to go out with one more bang, as quarterback, David Baldwin, connected with receiver, Kyle Jones, for a 34-yard touchdown. Closing out the half, the score was 48 to 3, and most everybody knew exactly who the winner was going to be.

    It wasn’t until late in the third quarter, when the Highlanders found the endzone again. With a little over a minute to go in the third, the Highlanders marched up the field and handed it off to Tyevin Ford, for a two-yard rushing touchdown. After this scoring play, the next one didn’t occur until halfway through the final quarter of play, when running back, Kyle Floyd, ran it in from 22 yards out, for what seemed like the millionth touchdown of the night for the Highlanders. After this scoring play, the score was 62 to 3, and it would stay that way for the remainder of the game.

    Similar to last week against La Habra, Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, had another noticeably good performance against the Wolfpack defense. Baldwin was 12 for 14 on pass attempts, for 276 yards, a whopping 6 touchdowns, and a .857 completion rate. The junior quarterback has shown noticeable improvement thus far this season.

    Among the many noticeable performances of the night, Marcus Brown turned in the most rushing yards for the Highlanders. After three carries, the senior had run for 61 yards.

    When asked of the game, Upland receiver, Bryce Parker said, “Claremont was a week where we could focus on getting better. Everybody on the team had a better bond after the game.” Highlanders’ senior, Kyle Jones, also added in, “It was good to get everybody on the team in. It was a good experience for the team. It was great to see everyone who doesn’t have a chance to play to play in the game.”

    The Highlanders will now move on to face Redlands East Valley this Friday night, for their first away game of the season. Last season, the Highlanders were able to defeat Redlands, but the game was not in any means a blowout. The Highlanders have started off full of momentum and will greatly help as we get closer to the start of league.

    

 

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8/30/17

By: Nailea Castillo, The Plaid Editor-In-Chief

Photography By: Donia Farraj, The Plaid Photo Editor

     On Friday, August 25, at 6 am, the senior class of 2018 gathered at the field to watch the sunrise together and embrace the beginning of the end. Students gathered at the field across from the K building to participate in raffles and enjoy food and music. Those who attended were given one raffle ticket, another if they wore their senior class shirt and a third, if they dressed in all red or wore face paint.

     Senior, Hannah Ponce, dressed in the senior class’ baseball tee, said that she arrived very early in the morning to participate in the event, “about 5:50 am” she said. “I went with the rest of the cheer girls and my friends Dennise and Amy.”

Sleepy seniors were greeted by ASB with donuts, juices and waters, as they set down their chairs and blankets on the grass.They enjoyed music and the company of their peers as they took photos and waited for the sun to rise. And as it did, senior class president, Danika Hochberger, gave a moving speech to kick off the senior year. She stated in her speech that, “... we have 286 days left as highlanders. Make them count.”

     In the end, it was a bittersweet moment for the senior class, and one of many heartfelt  occasions that will take place throughout the duration of these students’ last year in high school. Here’s to an eventful year!

 

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8/30/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Staff Photographer

    Before Friday night, there were questions in the air surrounding the Upland Highlanders. Who would arise to team leader roles as last year’s seniors departed? How would the Scots fair in Division 2? After Friday night’s match between the Upland Highlanders and the La Habra Highlanders, we received promising answers to those questions. The Scots brought home a 35 to 7 victory in this season’s opening game.

    Maybe it was the brand new field or the overwhelming amount of excitement from the crowd on Friday night, but whatever the case, the “real Highlanders” looked, played, and executed well in the season opening game. To put Upland’s performance in an analogy, it was like watching an engine fire off on all eight cylinders. Among the night’s best performers for Upland were quarterback, David Baldwin; receiver, Taj Davis, with 137 receiving yards; and Upland’s latest phenom, linebacker, Justin Flowe, who had five solo tackles, one sack, and a total of nine tackles.

    Before people could even take their seats, the home team was already scoring. On the very first offensive play of the game, Baldwin connected with Davis, for an 80-yard touchdown, right alongside the Upland sidelines. Sophomore kicker, Archie Green came out on the field to kick the PAT and put the “Scots” up, seven to zero, just fifteen seconds into the game. With La Habra’s offense onto the field now, all eyes would be on Upland’s linebacker core, thanks in part to the recent ranking of #1 in the Class of 2020 for Justin Flowe, who already has nine full-ride offers from colleges across the country. The defensive star did not disappoint, as he and defensive back, Corey Thomas sacked the La Habra quarterback just a few plays into La Habra’s first drive. After a few minor penalties from both teams seemingly knocking the rust off, Upland regained possession of the ball, late in the first and scored once more by virtue of a three-yard touchdown, run by Cameron Davis, which complemented a touchdown-worthy-drive up the field, by the Scots offense. After the PAT went inches to the left and hit the goal post, the score at the end of the first quarter was 13 to nothing, with the home team riding high and looking good.

    The momentum kept rolling, as Upland’s offense made more quick work of the La Habra defense early in the second. An 18-yard touchdown, run by Cameron Davis, paired with a successful two-point conversion attempt by Kyle Jones, put the home team up 21 to zip, with a little over eleven minutes remaining in the second. The second quarter dragged on with a bit of a defensive battle between the two teams. Both sides were showing off decent defense for the majority of the second quarter. However, one of the more noticeable defensive highlights of the night came with about two minutes left before the half, when defensive back, Corey Thomas earned a solo sack in the backfield, on La Habra quarterback, Ryan Zanelli. The sack and few more defensive stops later, the Scots offense came back onto the field, with little time remaining before halftime. One of the more memorable offensive highlights happened during this drive with about a minute left before the half, when quarterback, David Baldwin was met with immense pressure from the blitzing La Habra defense. Baldwin managed to maneuver and scramble away enough from the defense to be able to connect with an open receiver and save Upland’s drive. With three seconds left before halftime, Baldwin found an open Bryce Parker, for a touchdown pass. A successful PAT by kicker, Archie Green cemented Upland’s lead by 28 points, as the teams headed into the locker rooms.

    After another strong halftime performance by the Upland regiment and color guard, it was time for the players to come back out to the field and for the fans to come back from the snack bars and into the stands. The majority of the third quarter was tame in football terms, except for what could have been a 100-yard, endzone-to-endzone, fumble-recovery-touchdown by Upland defensive back, Caleb Roberson, who also forced the fumble in the first place. However, there were two penalties on the play on both teams, which ultimately called the touchdown back. Although it didn’t count, the play got the home crowd up on their feet and reenergized. The Upland offense would score for the fifth and final time of the night, with two minutes left to go in the third, by virtue of another touchdown and successful PAT. At the end of the third quarter, the Scots were up 35 to squat and La Habra was going to need a miracle, to keep their chances alive.

    Although La Habra finally managed to score, with eight minutes remaining in the fourth and the final quarter of the game, that was all the visiting team had and the Upland Highlanders proved victorious in this rare battle between the Highlanders and the Highlanders. The final score at the end of the night was 35 to zero, and Upland has now opened the season with a win that places them with a 17th-place ranking, in the state of California. When asked how the game went, Upland Coach Kim replied, “We won. We got a lot of improvements to make. It was a good team effort.” Assistant coach, Darryl Thomas also stated, “There’s always improvements. We can always get better. We need to get better. Our offensive line did an extremely good job, driving the ball down the field. Defense did well the whole night too.”

    Arguably one of his best performances to date as Varsity quarterback for the Scots, David Baldwin completed 20 passes out of his 26 attempts, for 322 yards and two touchdowns. By virtue of being 20 for 26, Baldwin’s completion rate was .769 and his overall quarterback rating was 143.4. Adding to his impressive stats from Friday night, Baldwin also never thrown an interception. Overall, the numbers put up by Baldwin on Friday night were respectable and earned recognition by Coach Thomas who also said, “David [Baldwin] looked much more poised tonight.” Certainly, the quarterback’s noticeable improvement from last season, helped ensure the Scots walked away with the win.

    The Highlanders will now prepare for battle against the Claremont Wolfpack, a team the Highlanders defeated 42 to 3 last season. The second game of the season will be this upcoming Friday night, at home, with kickoff at 7:00p.m.

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9/18/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Photographer

 

    For the first time since the 2012 season, the Highlanders are 4-0, thanks in part to their most recent win against the La Mirada Matadores, last Friday night. When it was all said and done from Highlanders’ Stadium, the final score was 49 to 7, as the Highlanders showed their strength on all three sides of the ball.

    The Highlanders scored an impressive win over La Mirada last Friday night, by dominating all aspects of the game. It didn’t take long for the onslaught of Upland touchdowns to begin, as the home team got their first touchdown, just two and a half minutes into the game. Cameron Davis was able to run in a goal-line touchdown, after the Highlanders’ special teams unit blocked a Matadores’ punt attempt and got the ball down to the one-yard line. The play gave the Upland offense prime position and they made quick work with it, as Davis ran in for the go-ahead touchdown. A failed two-point conversion attempt meant the Highlanders were up six to zero early.

    With 4:14 left in the first, the Highlanders found the endzone for the second time of the night, after quarterback, David Baldwin, connected with Simon Samarzich, for an 18-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown was Samarzich’s first of the season. This time, the two point conversion attempt was successful, as Kyle Jones ran it in from two yards out, to put the Highlanders up 14 to nothing.

    La Mirada’s offense had begun to put together a decent drive late in the first, as they worked their way into Upland territory. Unfortunately for the Matadores, the Highlanders’ defense quickly brought an end to the Matadores hopes, as the Highlanders forced a fumble. Upland senior, Leonard Leau, was there to recover the fumble for the Highlanders’ defense. The first quarter would come to a close shortly thereafter and after 12 minutes of play, the Highlanders were up 14 to zero.

    An eventful second quarter saw a major increase in the Highlanders’ lead, as both the Upland’s offense and defense scored touchdowns in this quarter. Quite possibly the highlight of the night occurred with 9:05 left in the second, when Baldwin heaved a pass deep downfield to receiver, Taj Davis. Seemingly locked in a one-on-one battle with his defender, Davis somehow managed to catch the ball around the 10-yard line. From there, Davis hobbled his way into the endzone, as the La Mirada defender was desperately trying to bring Davis down. After a successful PAT kick from Archie Green, the Highlanders were up 21 to nothing.

    The next score came with 6:29 left in the second, as this time it was the Highlanders’ defense making another huge play. Shamar Whestone intercepted a pass from the Matadores’ quarterback and ran it all the way to the house, for a 75-yard pick-six. It was Whestone’s first pick-six interception of the season. Archie Green put up another successful PAT, and midway through the second, the Highlanders were up 28 to squat.

    The home crowd didn’t have to wait long for their team to score once more, as the Highlanders scored another touchdown the very next offensive drive. David Baldwin found an open Bryce Parker, for a touchdown pass, with 2:38 remaining before the end of the half. Although it was Parker’s only touchdown of the night, the senior led the Highlanders in the receiving category, as he caught the ball five times, for 100 yards and a touchdown. After Archie Green’s third successful PAT, the Highlanders were up 35 to nothing.

    As if La Mirada wasn’t already having a bad night, their offense turned the ball over again, just one minute later. Another interception, this time received by Upland defensive back, Jaden Dedman, meant that the Highlanders’ offense was going to get the ball back to close out the half. Heading into the locker room, the Highlanders had a massive 35 to 0 lead.

    The Highlanders quickly scored once more, as soon as the second half got underway, as running back, Cameron Davis, ran the ball in for his second rushing touchdown of the night. The touchdown added to Davis’s stats of the night, which included five rushes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. With 11:24 remaining in the third, the score was 42 to zero.

    Scoring for the Highlanders’ final time of the night would be LeShaun Potts, with seven minutes remaining in the third. Archie Green’s fifth and final PAT of the night was good, and the Highlanders were then up by 49 points. La Mirada eventually scored for the first time of the night, deep in the third, by virtue of a passing touchdown. However, that would be all she wrote, as no scoring would occur after that. The final score from Highlanders’ stadium was 49 to 7.

    Highlanders’ head coach, Tim Salter, had nothing but praise for his team after the game. When asked how the game went, Salter said, “It started out pretty good, when we blocked the punt. We blocked the punt and got an easy score. We had the interception returned for a touchdown.” Salter went on to say, “We did a lot of good things on defense and special teams that kind of ignited everything.” The best way to sum up the night though would be how Salter put it, when he said, “Tonight we scored on defense; we scored on special teams; and we scored on offense. When you do that, you’re going to win a lot of games.”

    Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, had another solid performance as he completed 11 passes out of 14 attempts, for 199 yards and four touchdowns. It left Baldwin with a 159.2 quarterback rating, one of his highest of the season thus far.

    The Highlanders will now prepare to take the fight on the road, as their next two games are both away. The first game of the two will be this Friday night, down in Temecula, as the Highlanders will face Great Oak, a team they beat 38 to 25 last season.

 

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9/11/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography By: Nadia Castro, The Plaid Photographer

    The momentous start to the 2017 season continued on Friday night, as the Highlanders travelled to Redlands High School to defeat the Redlands East Valley Wildcats 47 to 26. With strong performances turned in by players Kyle Jones, Cameron Davis, Taj Davis, and Justin Flowe, the Highlanders moved to 3-0 in the season, as they prepare to face La Mirada.

    Although the REV Wildcats were able to put up 26 points against the Highlanders defense, the Highlanders ultimately turned in the better overall performance in offense and defense. The scoring began after a nice offensive drive was put together by Baldwin and Co. as they marched up the field, handed it off to senior, Kyle Jones, who promptly ran it in for a three-yard-rushing touchdown, to put the Highlanders up seven to zero early in the first. About six minutes later in the first, it would be Kyle Jones scoring once more, for a 12-yard-touchdown run. Paired with a blocked PAT, the Highlanders were up 13 to nothing, as the first quarter of play came to a close. At this point, it seemed the Highlanders’ offense was finding ways around the Wildcats’ defense.

    After a sloppy drive by the Wildcats, the Highlanders quickly got the ball back in their hands early in the second. Similar to what they had already done twice before, the Highlanders made quick work of the Wildcats’ defense, with ten minutes left in the second. This time, it was Cameron Davis who would run it in from outside of the goal line to score another Highlanders’ touchdown. Although a failed two-point conversion followed, the Highlanders were now up 19 to zero, a familiar sight in the beginning half of this season.

    The Wildcats’ offense eventually found their way to the endzone, as they put up seven points, with eight minutes remaining in the second, by virtue of a passing touchdown thrown by quarterback, Myles Herrera. The pass was caught by Wildcats’ senior, Gabriel Clark. With eight minutes left in the second, the Highlanders were up 19 to 7.

    Perhaps one of the bigger highlights, if not the biggest, of the night, came on the Highlanders’ next offensive drive, with just over seven minutes left before the half. Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, who has turned in an impressive performances in the season’s first couple of games, proved his worth on the next scoring play of the night. Scrambling out of the pocket, Baldwin found an open Taj Davis way down field and the two juniors connected. Baldwin threw the ball at least 50 yards down field, and Davis caught the ball to take it all the way home, to complete a 75-yard-touchdown pass, which then put the Highlanders up 25 to 7.

    An ambitious Wildcat’ home crowd kept their team in the game though, as the Wildcats scored their second touchdown of the night, with three and a half minutes remaining in the second, which complemented a nice drive up the field. Gabriel Clark scored the Wildcats’ touchdown again, this time running it in. Paired with a blocked PAT, the score with three minutes left before the half was 25 to 13.

    Just when the crowd thought the first half was coming to a close, Justin Flowe, the latest phenom for the Highlanders, showed why you can never sleep on the Highlanders’ defense. The sophomore linebacker, who earned 12 total tackles in the night, seven of which were solo, sacked Wildcats’ quarterback, Myles Herrera, in their own endzone for a safety. Two points were thrown Upland’s way and heading into the locker rooms for halftime, the Highlanders were up 27 to 13.

    Midway through the third, junior, Cameron Davis, got his second touchdown of the night for the Highlanders with a 10-yard-rushing touchdown. Paired with a successful PAT kick by Archie Green, the Highlanders were quickly running away with the lead, as the score was now 40 to 13. It would end up being the only scoring play in the third quarter.

    An eventful final quarter of play added some juice to the game, as the Wildcats made a few zigs and zags that earned them two touchdowns. However, it wouldn’t be until after the Highlanders offense scored one more touchdown to cement their lead. On this score, it was Baldwin connecting with Kyle Jones, from six yards out. The completed pass meant Kyle Jones completed the hat trick and scored his third touchdown of the night, an impressive stat certainly. Archie Green kicked another successful PAT, and with 11 and a half minutes remaining in the fourth, the Highlanders were up 47 to 13.

    The Wildcats answered back immediately, as sophomore, Brandon Wells, ran in an 80-yard-plus kickoff return touchdown. The long run to the house got the home crowd excited and added to the already action-filled highlight reel of the night. Then, just one minute later, it was the Wildcats’ offense scoring again after a few passes up the field. After a successful PAT kick by the Wildcats’ kicker, the Wildcats chopped into the Highlanders lead. With 10 minutes left before the end of the game, the Highlanders were up 47 to 26.

    The comeback attempt ended there for the Wildcats, as the Highlanders defense held them at bay for the remainder of the game. Highlanders quarterback, David Baldwin, would exit the game, with roughly six minutes left in the game, due to an apparent leg injury. As of press time, the extent of the injury is unknown, but the injury did appear to be nothing more than bad legs cramps.

    At the end of four quarters of play from Redlands High School, the final score was 47 to 26 and the Highlanders earned their third consecutive win of the season and remain undefeated. Among the notable stats, Kyle Jones carried the ball 13 times for 73 yards, two rushing touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown. Cameron Davis ran the ball 13 times as well, for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Upland junior, Taj Davis, also scored two touchdowns on the night, as he had seven receptions for 178 yards. Taj Davis told the Daily Bulletin after the game, “We know we have things to work on but I still think we’re going to be the best team in our league. We just have to keep getting better.” On defense, Highlanders’ linebacker, Justin Flowe, powered through the Wildcats’ O-line, for seven solo tackles, a safety, and 12 total tackles.

    The Highlanders will now prepare for their fourth game of the season which will be against La Mirada this Friday night. The game will be here at Upland High School, with kickoff at 7:00p.m.

 

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9/11/17

By: Camille Sipple

The Plaid, Staff Writer

    On Thursday, September 7, the L.A. County Fair was host to our very own, Upland Highland Regiment. Recognizing the city of Upland for “Upland Day,” an invitation to perform in the annual parade of the fairgrounds was extended to the regiment. After months of practice, dedication and hard work, the Highland Regiment was ready to give everyone a parade that they would never forget. Even though it was a performance, these students still used it as an opportunity to improve themselves. Sophomore, Raquel Martinez, and bass clarinet player said “[parades] give us a chance to perfect our marching in a much more professional manner.”

    As the regiment marched to their cadences, cheers and smiles surrounded them all, throughout the fairgrounds. The excited cheers of their supporters drove the Highland Regiment to work harder and to enjoy the success after months of hard work. Junior trumpet player, Sebastian Gomez said, “I absolutely love participating in parades because it makes me feel good to hear people cheer for the band.”

    The experience is not new for the Regiment’s older members and some saw it as the kickoff to their last year with the beloved music program. Cameron Nicols, a senior baritone saxophone player said, “It made it so different just taking it all in and realizing I’ll never be able to do that again. It all went by so fast.” Natalie Noriega, a senior flute player also said, “I enjoy marching in the parades […] but it’s bittersweet since it’s my last year.” However, Noriega sees a bright future ahead for the program, long after her class is gone, as she said, “The regiment is continuing to get better throughout the years[...] a lot of the new freshmen are great and strong musicians.”

    With their fall show season about to begin, the LACF parade was a great start to the long season of competition to come. Head Drum Major, E.J. Miranda said that he, “enjoy[s] doing parades because it gives people a chance to see the regiment other than at field competitions.” It was clear that most of spectators cheering the regiment on were Upland High School alumni, who wished to see their alma mater once again and parades just seem to bring a community together to celebrate the good aspects of life. Senior flute player, Delainey Capps said, “Parades are one of the ways that band can represent the community by bringing everyone together.”

     It’s not the end of parades for Regiment seniors, however. The annual Upland Christmas Parade in December will also feature the Upland Highland Regiment on it’s parade route. If you missed this amazing experience at the L.A. County Fair, you can catch it again this winter. See you there!


 

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9/6/17

   By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography By: S.Little

     The Highlanders proved they are one of the teams to beat this year, as they went ballistic against the Claremont Wolfpack last Friday night. Entering the game, most knew that there was already an advantage for the Highlanders, just based off of sheer stats. However, the final score exceeded many people’s predictions. After four quarters of pure domination, the Highlanders defeated the Wolfpack 62 to 3 and claimed their stake in this year’s championship run.

    During a game like Friday night’s, the focus is typically more on what players can put up big numbers, rather than which team is going to win. The reason is because by the end of the first quarter, the game was pretty much over. Just one minute into the Highlanders’ first drive of the night, quarterback, David Baldwin, threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to receiver, Isaiah Banks, to put the “mighty Scots” up six to zero. Kicker, Archie Green, then entered the field to put up the PAT and ensure the Highlanders got the full seven points from the scoring play. After a kickoff back to the Wolfpack, the Claremont offense would then enter the field, although not for long.

    Only a couple plays in, and the Wolfpack fumbled the ball, leading to a fumble recovery by the Highlanders defense. Baldwin and his crew came back out onto the field and made quick work of the Wolfpack defense once more, as Baldwin connected to wide receiver, Corey Thomas, for a three-yard touchdown-pass completion. After another PAT from Green, the Highlanders were up 14 to zero, not even three minutes into the game. The parade of first quarter scoring didn’t stop there though, as the Highlanders scored once more after the defense forced the Wolfpack to punt the ball back into the Highlanders’ hands. After a few big plays and a nice drive up the field, Baldwin threw another touchdown pass, this time connecting with receiver, Bryce Parker. Green’s PAT this time would go wide left a bit. However, the Highlanders’ lead was already cemented. At the end of one quarter of play, the Highlanders were up 20 to nothing against the Claremont Wolfpack.

    With the start of the second quarter, the Highlanders immediately began finding the endzone some more. Baldwin continued his respectable performance, as he connected with receiver, Taj Davis, for a 50-yard touchdown pass, just one minute into the second quarter. The Highlanders were now up 27 to nothing. Then, just a couple minutes later, the Highlanders found the endzone again. On this score, it was Baldwin connecting with receiver, Taj Davis, again for a 12-yard touchdown pass. After a successful PAT from Archie Green, the Highlanders were then up 34 to zero. As if the home team hadn’t enough of scoring, the Highlanders scored again, just a minute later and this time, on defense.

    Defensive back, Caleb Roberson, returned a fumble recovery for an 18-yard touchdown, and with a long eight minutes still to go before the half. The score was already 41 to nothing. Has the point gotten across yet? By now, the Highlanders had completely locked the game up. The Claremont Wolfpack did end up eventually scoring though, as they managed to sneak in a field goal, with three and a half minutes remaining in the second. However, this field goal was quickly trumped by yet another Highlanders’ touchdown a couple minutes later. With the first half of play coming to a close, the Highlanders’ offense was sure to go out with one more bang, as quarterback, David Baldwin, connected with receiver, Kyle Jones, for a 34-yard touchdown. Closing out the half, the score was 48 to 3, and most everybody knew exactly who the winner was going to be.

    It wasn’t until late in the third quarter, when the Highlanders found the endzone again. With a little over a minute to go in the third, the Highlanders marched up the field and handed it off to Tyevin Ford, for a two-yard rushing touchdown. After this scoring play, the next one didn’t occur until halfway through the final quarter of play, when running back, Kyle Floyd, ran it in from 22 yards out, for what seemed like the millionth touchdown of the night for the Highlanders. After this scoring play, the score was 62 to 3, and it would stay that way for the remainder of the game.

    Similar to last week against La Habra, Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, had another noticeably good performance against the Wolfpack defense. Baldwin was 12 for 14 on pass attempts, for 276 yards, a whopping 6 touchdowns, and a .857 completion rate. The junior quarterback has shown noticeable improvement thus far this season.

    Among the many noticeable performances of the night, Marcus Brown turned in the most rushing yards for the Highlanders. After three carries, the senior had run for 61 yards.

    When asked of the game, Upland receiver, Bryce Parker said, “Claremont was a week where we could focus on getting better. Everybody on the team had a better bond after the game.” Highlanders’ senior, Kyle Jones, also added in, “It was good to get everybody on the team in. It was a good experience for the team. It was great to see everyone who doesn’t have a chance to play to play in the game.”

    The Highlanders will now move on to face Redlands East Valley this Friday night, for their first away game of the season. Last season, the Highlanders were able to defeat Redlands, but the game was not in any means a blowout. The Highlanders have started off full of momentum and will greatly help as we get closer to the start of league.

    

 

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8/30/17

By: Nailea Castillo, The Plaid Editor-In-Chief

Photography By: Donia Farraj, The Plaid Photo Editor

     On Friday, August 25, at 6 am, the senior class of 2018 gathered at the field to watch the sunrise together and embrace the beginning of the end. Students gathered at the field across from the K building to participate in raffles and enjoy food and music. Those who attended were given one raffle ticket, another if they wore their senior class shirt and a third, if they dressed in all red or wore face paint.

     Senior, Hannah Ponce, dressed in the senior class’ baseball tee, said that she arrived very early in the morning to participate in the event, “about 5:50 am” she said. “I went with the rest of the cheer girls and my friends Dennise and Amy.”

Sleepy seniors were greeted by ASB with donuts, juices and waters, as they set down their chairs and blankets on the grass.They enjoyed music and the company of their peers as they took photos and waited for the sun to rise. And as it did, senior class president, Danika Hochberger, gave a moving speech to kick off the senior year. She stated in her speech that, “... we have 286 days left as highlanders. Make them count.”

     In the end, it was a bittersweet moment for the senior class, and one of many heartfelt  occasions that will take place throughout the duration of these students’ last year in high school. Here’s to an eventful year!

 

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8/30/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Staff Photographer

    Before Friday night, there were questions in the air surrounding the Upland Highlanders. Who would arise to team leader roles as last year’s seniors departed? How would the Scots fair in Division 2? After Friday night’s match between the Upland Highlanders and the La Habra Highlanders, we received promising answers to those questions. The Scots brought home a 35 to 7 victory in this season’s opening game.

    Maybe it was the brand new field or the overwhelming amount of excitement from the crowd on Friday night, but whatever the case, the “real Highlanders” looked, played, and executed well in the season opening game. To put Upland’s performance in an analogy, it was like watching an engine fire off on all eight cylinders. Among the night’s best performers for Upland were quarterback, David Baldwin; receiver, Taj Davis, with 137 receiving yards; and Upland’s latest phenom, linebacker, Justin Flowe, who had five solo tackles, one sack, and a total of nine tackles.

    Before people could even take their seats, the home team was already scoring. On the very first offensive play of the game, Baldwin connected with Davis, for an 80-yard touchdown, right alongside the Upland sidelines. Sophomore kicker, Archie Green came out on the field to kick the PAT and put the “Scots” up, seven to zero, just fifteen seconds into the game. With La Habra’s offense onto the field now, all eyes would be on Upland’s linebacker core, thanks in part to the recent ranking of #1 in the Class of 2020 for Justin Flowe, who already has nine full-ride offers from colleges across the country. The defensive star did not disappoint, as he and defensive back, Corey Thomas sacked the La Habra quarterback just a few plays into La Habra’s first drive. After a few minor penalties from both teams seemingly knocking the rust off, Upland regained possession of the ball, late in the first and scored once more by virtue of a three-yard touchdown, run by Cameron Davis, which complemented a touchdown-worthy-drive up the field, by the Scots offense. After the PAT went inches to the left and hit the goal post, the score at the end of the first quarter was 13 to nothing, with the home team riding high and looking good.

    The momentum kept rolling, as Upland’s offense made more quick work of the La Habra defense early in the second. An 18-yard touchdown, run by Cameron Davis, paired with a successful two-point conversion attempt by Kyle Jones, put the home team up 21 to zip, with a little over eleven minutes remaining in the second. The second quarter dragged on with a bit of a defensive battle between the two teams. Both sides were showing off decent defense for the majority of the second quarter. However, one of the more noticeable defensive highlights of the night came with about two minutes left before the half, when defensive back, Corey Thomas earned a solo sack in the backfield, on La Habra quarterback, Ryan Zanelli. The sack and few more defensive stops later, the Scots offense came back onto the field, with little time remaining before halftime. One of the more memorable offensive highlights happened during this drive with about a minute left before the half, when quarterback, David Baldwin was met with immense pressure from the blitzing La Habra defense. Baldwin managed to maneuver and scramble away enough from the defense to be able to connect with an open receiver and save Upland’s drive. With three seconds left before halftime, Baldwin found an open Bryce Parker, for a touchdown pass. A successful PAT by kicker, Archie Green cemented Upland’s lead by 28 points, as the teams headed into the locker rooms.

    After another strong halftime performance by the Upland regiment and color guard, it was time for the players to come back out to the field and for the fans to come back from the snack bars and into the stands. The majority of the third quarter was tame in football terms, except for what could have been a 100-yard, endzone-to-endzone, fumble-recovery-touchdown by Upland defensive back, Caleb Roberson, who also forced the fumble in the first place. However, there were two penalties on the play on both teams, which ultimately called the touchdown back. Although it didn’t count, the play got the home crowd up on their feet and reenergized. The Upland offense would score for the fifth and final time of the night, with two minutes left to go in the third, by virtue of another touchdown and successful PAT. At the end of the third quarter, the Scots were up 35 to squat and La Habra was going to need a miracle, to keep their chances alive.

    Although La Habra finally managed to score, with eight minutes remaining in the fourth and the final quarter of the game, that was all the visiting team had and the Upland Highlanders proved victorious in this rare battle between the Highlanders and the Highlanders. The final score at the end of the night was 35 to zero, and Upland has now opened the season with a win that places them with a 17th-place ranking, in the state of California. When asked how the game went, Upland Coach Kim replied, “We won. We got a lot of improvements to make. It was a good team effort.” Assistant coach, Darryl Thomas also stated, “There’s always improvements. We can always get better. We need to get better. Our offensive line did an extremely good job, driving the ball down the field. Defense did well the whole night too.”

    Arguably one of his best performances to date as Varsity quarterback for the Scots, David Baldwin completed 20 passes out of his 26 attempts, for 322 yards and two touchdowns. By virtue of being 20 for 26, Baldwin’s completion rate was .769 and his overall quarterback rating was 143.4. Adding to his impressive stats from Friday night, Baldwin also never thrown an interception. Overall, the numbers put up by Baldwin on Friday night were respectable and earned recognition by Coach Thomas who also said, “David [Baldwin] looked much more poised tonight.” Certainly, the quarterback’s noticeable improvement from last season, helped ensure the Scots walked away with the win.

    The Highlanders will now prepare for battle against the Claremont Wolfpack, a team the Highlanders defeated 42 to 3 last season. The second game of the season will be this upcoming Friday night, at home, with kickoff at 7:00p.m.

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9/18/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Photographer

 

    For the first time since the 2012 season, the Highlanders are 4-0, thanks in part to their most recent win against the La Mirada Matadores, last Friday night. When it was all said and done from Highlanders’ Stadium, the final score was 49 to 7, as the Highlanders showed their strength on all three sides of the ball.

    The Highlanders scored an impressive win over La Mirada last Friday night, by dominating all aspects of the game. It didn’t take long for the onslaught of Upland touchdowns to begin, as the home team got their first touchdown, just two and a half minutes into the game. Cameron Davis was able to run in a goal-line touchdown, after the Highlanders’ special teams unit blocked a Matadores’ punt attempt and got the ball down to the one-yard line. The play gave the Upland offense prime position and they made quick work with it, as Davis ran in for the go-ahead touchdown. A failed two-point conversion attempt meant the Highlanders were up six to zero early.

    With 4:14 left in the first, the Highlanders found the endzone for the second time of the night, after quarterback, David Baldwin, connected with Simon Samarzich, for an 18-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown was Samarzich’s first of the season. This time, the two point conversion attempt was successful, as Kyle Jones ran it in from two yards out, to put the Highlanders up 14 to nothing.

    La Mirada’s offense had begun to put together a decent drive late in the first, as they worked their way into Upland territory. Unfortunately for the Matadores, the Highlanders’ defense quickly brought an end to the Matadores hopes, as the Highlanders forced a fumble. Upland senior, Leonard Leau, was there to recover the fumble for the Highlanders’ defense. The first quarter would come to a close shortly thereafter and after 12 minutes of play, the Highlanders were up 14 to zero.

    An eventful second quarter saw a major increase in the Highlanders’ lead, as both the Upland’s offense and defense scored touchdowns in this quarter. Quite possibly the highlight of the night occurred with 9:05 left in the second, when Baldwin heaved a pass deep downfield to receiver, Taj Davis. Seemingly locked in a one-on-one battle with his defender, Davis somehow managed to catch the ball around the 10-yard line. From there, Davis hobbled his way into the endzone, as the La Mirada defender was desperately trying to bring Davis down. After a successful PAT kick from Archie Green, the Highlanders were up 21 to nothing.

    The next score came with 6:29 left in the second, as this time it was the Highlanders’ defense making another huge play. Shamar Whestone intercepted a pass from the Matadores’ quarterback and ran it all the way to the house, for a 75-yard pick-six. It was Whestone’s first pick-six interception of the season. Archie Green put up another successful PAT, and midway through the second, the Highlanders were up 28 to squat.

    The home crowd didn’t have to wait long for their team to score once more, as the Highlanders scored another touchdown the very next offensive drive. David Baldwin found an open Bryce Parker, for a touchdown pass, with 2:38 remaining before the end of the half. Although it was Parker’s only touchdown of the night, the senior led the Highlanders in the receiving category, as he caught the ball five times, for 100 yards and a touchdown. After Archie Green’s third successful PAT, the Highlanders were up 35 to nothing.

    As if La Mirada wasn’t already having a bad night, their offense turned the ball over again, just one minute later. Another interception, this time received by Upland defensive back, Jaden Dedman, meant that the Highlanders’ offense was going to get the ball back to close out the half. Heading into the locker room, the Highlanders had a massive 35 to 0 lead.

    The Highlanders quickly scored once more, as soon as the second half got underway, as running back, Cameron Davis, ran the ball in for his second rushing touchdown of the night. The touchdown added to Davis’s stats of the night, which included five rushes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. With 11:24 remaining in the third, the score was 42 to zero.

    Scoring for the Highlanders’ final time of the night would be LeShaun Potts, with seven minutes remaining in the third. Archie Green’s fifth and final PAT of the night was good, and the Highlanders were then up by 49 points. La Mirada eventually scored for the first time of the night, deep in the third, by virtue of a passing touchdown. However, that would be all she wrote, as no scoring would occur after that. The final score from Highlanders’ stadium was 49 to 7.

    Highlanders’ head coach, Tim Salter, had nothing but praise for his team after the game. When asked how the game went, Salter said, “It started out pretty good, when we blocked the punt. We blocked the punt and got an easy score. We had the interception returned for a touchdown.” Salter went on to say, “We did a lot of good things on defense and special teams that kind of ignited everything.” The best way to sum up the night though would be how Salter put it, when he said, “Tonight we scored on defense; we scored on special teams; and we scored on offense. When you do that, you’re going to win a lot of games.”

    Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, had another solid performance as he completed 11 passes out of 14 attempts, for 199 yards and four touchdowns. It left Baldwin with a 159.2 quarterback rating, one of his highest of the season thus far.

    The Highlanders will now prepare to take the fight on the road, as their next two games are both away. The first game of the two will be this Friday night, down in Temecula, as the Highlanders will face Great Oak, a team they beat 38 to 25 last season.

 

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9/11/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography By: Nadia Castro, The Plaid Photographer

    The momentous start to the 2017 season continued on Friday night, as the Highlanders travelled to Redlands High School to defeat the Redlands East Valley Wildcats 47 to 26. With strong performances turned in by players Kyle Jones, Cameron Davis, Taj Davis, and Justin Flowe, the Highlanders moved to 3-0 in the season, as they prepare to face La Mirada.

    Although the REV Wildcats were able to put up 26 points against the Highlanders defense, the Highlanders ultimately turned in the better overall performance in offense and defense. The scoring began after a nice offensive drive was put together by Baldwin and Co. as they marched up the field, handed it off to senior, Kyle Jones, who promptly ran it in for a three-yard-rushing touchdown, to put the Highlanders up seven to zero early in the first. About six minutes later in the first, it would be Kyle Jones scoring once more, for a 12-yard-touchdown run. Paired with a blocked PAT, the Highlanders were up 13 to nothing, as the first quarter of play came to a close. At this point, it seemed the Highlanders’ offense was finding ways around the Wildcats’ defense.

    After a sloppy drive by the Wildcats, the Highlanders quickly got the ball back in their hands early in the second. Similar to what they had already done twice before, the Highlanders made quick work of the Wildcats’ defense, with ten minutes left in the second. This time, it was Cameron Davis who would run it in from outside of the goal line to score another Highlanders’ touchdown. Although a failed two-point conversion followed, the Highlanders were now up 19 to zero, a familiar sight in the beginning half of this season.

    The Wildcats’ offense eventually found their way to the endzone, as they put up seven points, with eight minutes remaining in the second, by virtue of a passing touchdown thrown by quarterback, Myles Herrera. The pass was caught by Wildcats’ senior, Gabriel Clark. With eight minutes left in the second, the Highlanders were up 19 to 7.

    Perhaps one of the bigger highlights, if not the biggest, of the night, came on the Highlanders’ next offensive drive, with just over seven minutes left before the half. Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, who has turned in an impressive performances in the season’s first couple of games, proved his worth on the next scoring play of the night. Scrambling out of the pocket, Baldwin found an open Taj Davis way down field and the two juniors connected. Baldwin threw the ball at least 50 yards down field, and Davis caught the ball to take it all the way home, to complete a 75-yard-touchdown pass, which then put the Highlanders up 25 to 7.

    An ambitious Wildcat’ home crowd kept their team in the game though, as the Wildcats scored their second touchdown of the night, with three and a half minutes remaining in the second, which complemented a nice drive up the field. Gabriel Clark scored the Wildcats’ touchdown again, this time running it in. Paired with a blocked PAT, the score with three minutes left before the half was 25 to 13.

    Just when the crowd thought the first half was coming to a close, Justin Flowe, the latest phenom for the Highlanders, showed why you can never sleep on the Highlanders’ defense. The sophomore linebacker, who earned 12 total tackles in the night, seven of which were solo, sacked Wildcats’ quarterback, Myles Herrera, in their own endzone for a safety. Two points were thrown Upland’s way and heading into the locker rooms for halftime, the Highlanders were up 27 to 13.

    Midway through the third, junior, Cameron Davis, got his second touchdown of the night for the Highlanders with a 10-yard-rushing touchdown. Paired with a successful PAT kick by Archie Green, the Highlanders were quickly running away with the lead, as the score was now 40 to 13. It would end up being the only scoring play in the third quarter.

    An eventful final quarter of play added some juice to the game, as the Wildcats made a few zigs and zags that earned them two touchdowns. However, it wouldn’t be until after the Highlanders offense scored one more touchdown to cement their lead. On this score, it was Baldwin connecting with Kyle Jones, from six yards out. The completed pass meant Kyle Jones completed the hat trick and scored his third touchdown of the night, an impressive stat certainly. Archie Green kicked another successful PAT, and with 11 and a half minutes remaining in the fourth, the Highlanders were up 47 to 13.

    The Wildcats answered back immediately, as sophomore, Brandon Wells, ran in an 80-yard-plus kickoff return touchdown. The long run to the house got the home crowd excited and added to the already action-filled highlight reel of the night. Then, just one minute later, it was the Wildcats’ offense scoring again after a few passes up the field. After a successful PAT kick by the Wildcats’ kicker, the Wildcats chopped into the Highlanders lead. With 10 minutes left before the end of the game, the Highlanders were up 47 to 26.

    The comeback attempt ended there for the Wildcats, as the Highlanders defense held them at bay for the remainder of the game. Highlanders quarterback, David Baldwin, would exit the game, with roughly six minutes left in the game, due to an apparent leg injury. As of press time, the extent of the injury is unknown, but the injury did appear to be nothing more than bad legs cramps.

    At the end of four quarters of play from Redlands High School, the final score was 47 to 26 and the Highlanders earned their third consecutive win of the season and remain undefeated. Among the notable stats, Kyle Jones carried the ball 13 times for 73 yards, two rushing touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown. Cameron Davis ran the ball 13 times as well, for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Upland junior, Taj Davis, also scored two touchdowns on the night, as he had seven receptions for 178 yards. Taj Davis told the Daily Bulletin after the game, “We know we have things to work on but I still think we’re going to be the best team in our league. We just have to keep getting better.” On defense, Highlanders’ linebacker, Justin Flowe, powered through the Wildcats’ O-line, for seven solo tackles, a safety, and 12 total tackles.

    The Highlanders will now prepare for their fourth game of the season which will be against La Mirada this Friday night. The game will be here at Upland High School, with kickoff at 7:00p.m.

 

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9/11/17

By: Camille Sipple

The Plaid, Staff Writer

    On Thursday, September 7, the L.A. County Fair was host to our very own, Upland Highland Regiment. Recognizing the city of Upland for “Upland Day,” an invitation to perform in the annual parade of the fairgrounds was extended to the regiment. After months of practice, dedication and hard work, the Highland Regiment was ready to give everyone a parade that they would never forget. Even though it was a performance, these students still used it as an opportunity to improve themselves. Sophomore, Raquel Martinez, and bass clarinet player said “[parades] give us a chance to perfect our marching in a much more professional manner.”

    As the regiment marched to their cadences, cheers and smiles surrounded them all, throughout the fairgrounds. The excited cheers of their supporters drove the Highland Regiment to work harder and to enjoy the success after months of hard work. Junior trumpet player, Sebastian Gomez said, “I absolutely love participating in parades because it makes me feel good to hear people cheer for the band.”

    The experience is not new for the Regiment’s older members and some saw it as the kickoff to their last year with the beloved music program. Cameron Nicols, a senior baritone saxophone player said, “It made it so different just taking it all in and realizing I’ll never be able to do that again. It all went by so fast.” Natalie Noriega, a senior flute player also said, “I enjoy marching in the parades […] but it’s bittersweet since it’s my last year.” However, Noriega sees a bright future ahead for the program, long after her class is gone, as she said, “The regiment is continuing to get better throughout the years[...] a lot of the new freshmen are great and strong musicians.”

    With their fall show season about to begin, the LACF parade was a great start to the long season of competition to come. Head Drum Major, E.J. Miranda said that he, “enjoy[s] doing parades because it gives people a chance to see the regiment other than at field competitions.” It was clear that most of spectators cheering the regiment on were Upland High School alumni, who wished to see their alma mater once again and parades just seem to bring a community together to celebrate the good aspects of life. Senior flute player, Delainey Capps said, “Parades are one of the ways that band can represent the community by bringing everyone together.”

     It’s not the end of parades for Regiment seniors, however. The annual Upland Christmas Parade in December will also feature the Upland Highland Regiment on it’s parade route. If you missed this amazing experience at the L.A. County Fair, you can catch it again this winter. See you there!


 

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9/6/17

   By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography By: S.Little

     The Highlanders proved they are one of the teams to beat this year, as they went ballistic against the Claremont Wolfpack last Friday night. Entering the game, most knew that there was already an advantage for the Highlanders, just based off of sheer stats. However, the final score exceeded many people’s predictions. After four quarters of pure domination, the Highlanders defeated the Wolfpack 62 to 3 and claimed their stake in this year’s championship run.

    During a game like Friday night’s, the focus is typically more on what players can put up big numbers, rather than which team is going to win. The reason is because by the end of the first quarter, the game was pretty much over. Just one minute into the Highlanders’ first drive of the night, quarterback, David Baldwin, threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to receiver, Isaiah Banks, to put the “mighty Scots” up six to zero. Kicker, Archie Green, then entered the field to put up the PAT and ensure the Highlanders got the full seven points from the scoring play. After a kickoff back to the Wolfpack, the Claremont offense would then enter the field, although not for long.

    Only a couple plays in, and the Wolfpack fumbled the ball, leading to a fumble recovery by the Highlanders defense. Baldwin and his crew came back out onto the field and made quick work of the Wolfpack defense once more, as Baldwin connected to wide receiver, Corey Thomas, for a three-yard touchdown-pass completion. After another PAT from Green, the Highlanders were up 14 to zero, not even three minutes into the game. The parade of first quarter scoring didn’t stop there though, as the Highlanders scored once more after the defense forced the Wolfpack to punt the ball back into the Highlanders’ hands. After a few big plays and a nice drive up the field, Baldwin threw another touchdown pass, this time connecting with receiver, Bryce Parker. Green’s PAT this time would go wide left a bit. However, the Highlanders’ lead was already cemented. At the end of one quarter of play, the Highlanders were up 20 to nothing against the Claremont Wolfpack.

    With the start of the second quarter, the Highlanders immediately began finding the endzone some more. Baldwin continued his respectable performance, as he connected with receiver, Taj Davis, for a 50-yard touchdown pass, just one minute into the second quarter. The Highlanders were now up 27 to nothing. Then, just a couple minutes later, the Highlanders found the endzone again. On this score, it was Baldwin connecting with receiver, Taj Davis, again for a 12-yard touchdown pass. After a successful PAT from Archie Green, the Highlanders were then up 34 to zero. As if the home team hadn’t enough of scoring, the Highlanders scored again, just a minute later and this time, on defense.

    Defensive back, Caleb Roberson, returned a fumble recovery for an 18-yard touchdown, and with a long eight minutes still to go before the half. The score was already 41 to nothing. Has the point gotten across yet? By now, the Highlanders had completely locked the game up. The Claremont Wolfpack did end up eventually scoring though, as they managed to sneak in a field goal, with three and a half minutes remaining in the second. However, this field goal was quickly trumped by yet another Highlanders’ touchdown a couple minutes later. With the first half of play coming to a close, the Highlanders’ offense was sure to go out with one more bang, as quarterback, David Baldwin, connected with receiver, Kyle Jones, for a 34-yard touchdown. Closing out the half, the score was 48 to 3, and most everybody knew exactly who the winner was going to be.

    It wasn’t until late in the third quarter, when the Highlanders found the endzone again. With a little over a minute to go in the third, the Highlanders marched up the field and handed it off to Tyevin Ford, for a two-yard rushing touchdown. After this scoring play, the next one didn’t occur until halfway through the final quarter of play, when running back, Kyle Floyd, ran it in from 22 yards out, for what seemed like the millionth touchdown of the night for the Highlanders. After this scoring play, the score was 62 to 3, and it would stay that way for the remainder of the game.

    Similar to last week against La Habra, Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, had another noticeably good performance against the Wolfpack defense. Baldwin was 12 for 14 on pass attempts, for 276 yards, a whopping 6 touchdowns, and a .857 completion rate. The junior quarterback has shown noticeable improvement thus far this season.

    Among the many noticeable performances of the night, Marcus Brown turned in the most rushing yards for the Highlanders. After three carries, the senior had run for 61 yards.

    When asked of the game, Upland receiver, Bryce Parker said, “Claremont was a week where we could focus on getting better. Everybody on the team had a better bond after the game.” Highlanders’ senior, Kyle Jones, also added in, “It was good to get everybody on the team in. It was a good experience for the team. It was great to see everyone who doesn’t have a chance to play to play in the game.”

    The Highlanders will now move on to face Redlands East Valley this Friday night, for their first away game of the season. Last season, the Highlanders were able to defeat Redlands, but the game was not in any means a blowout. The Highlanders have started off full of momentum and will greatly help as we get closer to the start of league.

    

 

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8/30/17

By: Nailea Castillo, The Plaid Editor-In-Chief

Photography By: Donia Farraj, The Plaid Photo Editor

     On Friday, August 25, at 6 am, the senior class of 2018 gathered at the field to watch the sunrise together and embrace the beginning of the end. Students gathered at the field across from the K building to participate in raffles and enjoy food and music. Those who attended were given one raffle ticket, another if they wore their senior class shirt and a third, if they dressed in all red or wore face paint.

     Senior, Hannah Ponce, dressed in the senior class’ baseball tee, said that she arrived very early in the morning to participate in the event, “about 5:50 am” she said. “I went with the rest of the cheer girls and my friends Dennise and Amy.”

Sleepy seniors were greeted by ASB with donuts, juices and waters, as they set down their chairs and blankets on the grass.They enjoyed music and the company of their peers as they took photos and waited for the sun to rise. And as it did, senior class president, Danika Hochberger, gave a moving speech to kick off the senior year. She stated in her speech that, “... we have 286 days left as highlanders. Make them count.”

     In the end, it was a bittersweet moment for the senior class, and one of many heartfelt  occasions that will take place throughout the duration of these students’ last year in high school. Here’s to an eventful year!

 

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8/30/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Staff Photographer

    Before Friday night, there were questions in the air surrounding the Upland Highlanders. Who would arise to team leader roles as last year’s seniors departed? How would the Scots fair in Division 2? After Friday night’s match between the Upland Highlanders and the La Habra Highlanders, we received promising answers to those questions. The Scots brought home a 35 to 7 victory in this season’s opening game.

    Maybe it was the brand new field or the overwhelming amount of excitement from the crowd on Friday night, but whatever the case, the “real Highlanders” looked, played, and executed well in the season opening game. To put Upland’s performance in an analogy, it was like watching an engine fire off on all eight cylinders. Among the night’s best performers for Upland were quarterback, David Baldwin; receiver, Taj Davis, with 137 receiving yards; and Upland’s latest phenom, linebacker, Justin Flowe, who had five solo tackles, one sack, and a total of nine tackles.

    Before people could even take their seats, the home team was already scoring. On the very first offensive play of the game, Baldwin connected with Davis, for an 80-yard touchdown, right alongside the Upland sidelines. Sophomore kicker, Archie Green came out on the field to kick the PAT and put the “Scots” up, seven to zero, just fifteen seconds into the game. With La Habra’s offense onto the field now, all eyes would be on Upland’s linebacker core, thanks in part to the recent ranking of #1 in the Class of 2020 for Justin Flowe, who already has nine full-ride offers from colleges across the country. The defensive star did not disappoint, as he and defensive back, Corey Thomas sacked the La Habra quarterback just a few plays into La Habra’s first drive. After a few minor penalties from both teams seemingly knocking the rust off, Upland regained possession of the ball, late in the first and scored once more by virtue of a three-yard touchdown, run by Cameron Davis, which complemented a touchdown-worthy-drive up the field, by the Scots offense. After the PAT went inches to the left and hit the goal post, the score at the end of the first quarter was 13 to nothing, with the home team riding high and looking good.

    The momentum kept rolling, as Upland’s offense made more quick work of the La Habra defense early in the second. An 18-yard touchdown, run by Cameron Davis, paired with a successful two-point conversion attempt by Kyle Jones, put the home team up 21 to zip, with a little over eleven minutes remaining in the second. The second quarter dragged on with a bit of a defensive battle between the two teams. Both sides were showing off decent defense for the majority of the second quarter. However, one of the more noticeable defensive highlights of the night came with about two minutes left before the half, when defensive back, Corey Thomas earned a solo sack in the backfield, on La Habra quarterback, Ryan Zanelli. The sack and few more defensive stops later, the Scots offense came back onto the field, with little time remaining before halftime. One of the more memorable offensive highlights happened during this drive with about a minute left before the half, when quarterback, David Baldwin was met with immense pressure from the blitzing La Habra defense. Baldwin managed to maneuver and scramble away enough from the defense to be able to connect with an open receiver and save Upland’s drive. With three seconds left before halftime, Baldwin found an open Bryce Parker, for a touchdown pass. A successful PAT by kicker, Archie Green cemented Upland’s lead by 28 points, as the teams headed into the locker rooms.

    After another strong halftime performance by the Upland regiment and color guard, it was time for the players to come back out to the field and for the fans to come back from the snack bars and into the stands. The majority of the third quarter was tame in football terms, except for what could have been a 100-yard, endzone-to-endzone, fumble-recovery-touchdown by Upland defensive back, Caleb Roberson, who also forced the fumble in the first place. However, there were two penalties on the play on both teams, which ultimately called the touchdown back. Although it didn’t count, the play got the home crowd up on their feet and reenergized. The Upland offense would score for the fifth and final time of the night, with two minutes left to go in the third, by virtue of another touchdown and successful PAT. At the end of the third quarter, the Scots were up 35 to squat and La Habra was going to need a miracle, to keep their chances alive.

    Although La Habra finally managed to score, with eight minutes remaining in the fourth and the final quarter of the game, that was all the visiting team had and the Upland Highlanders proved victorious in this rare battle between the Highlanders and the Highlanders. The final score at the end of the night was 35 to zero, and Upland has now opened the season with a win that places them with a 17th-place ranking, in the state of California. When asked how the game went, Upland Coach Kim replied, “We won. We got a lot of improvements to make. It was a good team effort.” Assistant coach, Darryl Thomas also stated, “There’s always improvements. We can always get better. We need to get better. Our offensive line did an extremely good job, driving the ball down the field. Defense did well the whole night too.”

    Arguably one of his best performances to date as Varsity quarterback for the Scots, David Baldwin completed 20 passes out of his 26 attempts, for 322 yards and two touchdowns. By virtue of being 20 for 26, Baldwin’s completion rate was .769 and his overall quarterback rating was 143.4. Adding to his impressive stats from Friday night, Baldwin also never thrown an interception. Overall, the numbers put up by Baldwin on Friday night were respectable and earned recognition by Coach Thomas who also said, “David [Baldwin] looked much more poised tonight.” Certainly, the quarterback’s noticeable improvement from last season, helped ensure the Scots walked away with the win.

    The Highlanders will now prepare for battle against the Claremont Wolfpack, a team the Highlanders defeated 42 to 3 last season. The second game of the season will be this upcoming Friday night, at home, with kickoff at 7:00p.m.

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