The Highland football team ended their season in the state quarterfinals on Friday night, capping off the biggest turnaround in the state.  A lot of factors go into that turnaround, but a big part of it was the leadership and the skills of senior quarterback Trey Lasek.Perhaps Lasek’s biggest strength is running the football.  He played in a somewhat pass-heavy offense as a junior, throwing the ball 201 times.  He ran it 145 times as well, but finished with just over 560 yards for the year.  In his senior season, Lasek thrived in a revamped offense.  The attack was more ground-heavy, so he was able to do his thing more often on designed runs, read options, and everything in between while also still occasionally throwing the ball.

As a result of the change, Lasek finished the year with 2,354 total yards; currently sitting at second in all of class A.  On top of that, he completed a 1,000/1,000 season, throwing for 1,021 yards and rushing for 1,333.  He was one of only two quarterbacks in class A to accomplish that feat.

But it wasn’t just his talents that set him apart.  He, along with his fellow seniors, jump-started a new culture; a culture head coach Scott Morel hopes will become a standard for Highland football.

“We were talking at the end of the [Hudson] game that it was fun to coach this group [the seniors], because they become students of the game; just knowing a lot of the tendencies, working hard,” Morel said.  “They’re going to be sorely missed next year.  Their leadership is just– you can’t say enough about it.  They’re a special group of young men, and they’ve really set the standard for Husky football.”