The Shadle Park Highlanders opened the 2012 GSL football season with a 37-22 win over Rogers on Thursday night at Joe Albi Stadium.
Shadle Park (1-0) jumped out to a 15-0 first quarter lead thanks to two touchdown passes by sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien. Rogers (0-1) answered before the end of the quarter with an 80 yard touchdown run from senior running back Luke Rogers. After a scoreless and penalty marred second quarter, the Highlanders entered halftime with a 15-8 lead.
Rogers would take it's first lead in the third quarter when senior running back Anthony Hampton broke free for a 31 yard touchdown run. Hampton finished with 106 yards rushing and two scores on the night. The two point conversion gave Rogers a 16-15 lead. But Shadle responded almost immediately, with Rypien capping off the drive by connecting with Cam Babcock for a 14 yard score on a screen play. The Highlanders would add to their lead when Stanley Renz scored on a one yard run in the fourth quarter.
Rypien finished the night 24-38 for 279 yards and four touchdown passes. Luke Rogers led the Pirates offense with 175 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown.
Over the border in Idaho, Post Falls lost it's opener 27-17 to visiting Graham-Kapowsin, a high school in Washington.