Highland Park advances to Texas 5A Division I title game by beating No. 30 Denton Ryan

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Highland Park is going back to the Texas state championship game.  The Scots, who started the season ranked No. 35 in the High School Football America Preseason Top 100 national rankings, beat No. 30 Denton Ryan 45-35 Friday night at AT&T stadium in the Class 5A Division I state semifinals.

John Stephen Jones, grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, played a great game in the stadium that his grandad owns.  He completed 25-of-36 passes for 381 yards and five touchdowns.

Next week, Jones and his teammates will try to win their second straight state title against Manvel, currently ranked No. 51 in the High School Football America Top 100.

Highland Park dropped-out of our national rankings created with our proprietary algorithm after being upset 53-49 in its season-opener against Rockwall.

It’s the second straight year that the Scots have beaten Ryan in the state semis.

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