CLEARFIELD -- Although Clearfield and Highland came into their Region 6 opener with identical 2-2 records, the two squads seemed to be heading in opposite directions.
The Falcons were on a two-week victory streak, while the Rams had dropped their last pair by sizeable amounts.
So much for momentum.
Highland scored on long runs each of its first two plays from scrimmage and never looked back as the Rams soundly defeated Clearfield, 56-14.
"(Highland) did exactly what we expected them to do, we just have to make tackles," first-year Clearfield coach Will Hawes said. "Blocking and tackling is my philosophy. If you don't do it well then you don't win football games. We didn't do that well tonight.
"We've got to show up each and every day and this is one of the days where we didn't give our best effort. We saw some good things but we got a lot of things to fix. Region is just starting and we're in the toughest region in the state so we're going to have to pick our heads up and come to work on Monday and get it going."
The Rams did their damage on the ground and there was little the Falcons could do to prevent it. Highland pounded the Clearfield defense for 373 yards on the ground and for all eight of their touchdowns.
After forcing the Falcons into a three-and-out to start the game, Highland's Jerry Padilla took a sweep 34 yards for the first score of the game. Following a Clearfield punt, Viliami Sekona then went 42 yards on a trap through the heart of the Falcon defense for a touchdown -- the first of his three on the evening -- to make it 14-0.
With the score 21-0, Clearfield tried to right the ship with an 80-yard drive that featured a 29-yard gain on a fake punt and ended on a 16-yard Jayden Garcia touchdown run. It wasn't nearly enough however as the Rams found the end zone on their first six possessions of the game.
The Falcons' second touchdown came in the final minutes of the second quarter when Stockton Larsen found Jordan Newby on an eight-yard pass play to make the score 42-14.
Garcia led the Falcons with 84 yards rushing on 10 carries, while Sekona rolled up 129 yards on the ground on just 13 attempts.