The 2018 Highline Football team started off on a low note. Falling to Ingraham in week one by an astounding 27 point deficit. Unfortunately, the season would continue on this downward spiral for the following weeks. Highline started their first five weeks with five heartbreaking blowouts. At this point, Head Coach Mark Cross, knew that playoffs were a long shot and decided that it was time to address the team. Coach Cross made it a point that the first five weeks were over and the team would be starting over with a record of 0-0. This fired up the whole team. For the first time since week one there was a glimmer of hope in the locker rooms.
With a powerhouse Friday Harbor coming up on the schedule Highline was ready for the challenge. In week six of the 2018 season, the Highline Pirates earned their first win of the season with a 19-6 victory over Friday Harbor.
The 2018 Battle of Burien was one to remember. With both Highline and Evergreen coming in with disappointing records of 1-5 and 0-6 respectively it was set to be a real snooze fest. It was Evergreen’s homecoming and the Pirates were ready to upset the Wolverines. Highline came out of the gate hot, scoring on the first drive and would never slow down. Highline would extend their winning streak to two games with a dominant 48-13 victory over the Evergreen Wolverines.
Coming into the week seven game against 8th ranked Eatonville it was hard to forget the past 2 years. In back to back years Highline was delt 2 devastating losses by the Cruisers. This year was different. Highline came out hot, going up 14-0 early. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for the Cruisers to show why they are the 8th ranked team in the state, they would bring it back scoring fast and often. Going into the half Highline had a convincing 27-21 lead, a score not even the players had expected. This barn burner would not stop at the half as both teams scored fast and often. At the end of regulation, the game was tied up at 48-48 and would go to triple overtime. Eatonville would score the walk off touchdown handing Highline the most devastating loss of the season.
The week seven loss gave the Pirates the momentum that would continue for the rest of the year, Railing off 2 back to back convincing wins, beating Renton 48-19 and Lindbergh 48-16. Before this year, a Highline team had never put up 48 points in a game, this year they did it three times.
At first glance a 4-6 record may seem like a bad year but when you take a closer look you can see the growth. The last time Highline went 4-6 was 10 years ago and the last time they beat Lindberg was 1998. Since Coach Cross has taken helm of the Highline ship the Pirates have been on a constant upward slope and next year is set to be the best year yet.