Junior A.J. Hightower made quite a debut as Tipton-Rosemark Academy's new quarterback Friday night at home in the season opener against Tupelo Christian Prep.
He accounted for four of TRA's five touchdowns and racked up 223 all-purpose yards as the Rebels overwhelmed the visitors from Mississippi, 36-0.
Hightower ran for a 78-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter to push the Rebels' lead to 22-0. He also scored from seven yards out in the first quarter for TRA's first touchdown and hooked up with senior Logan Stewart on a 25-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, the TRA defense made sure the lead would hold up, limiting Tupelo Christian to 115 yards and just four first downs.
Stewart, who caught two passes for 65 yards, returned an interception 39 yards late in the first half to push the lead to 29-0.
The scoring was capped off in the third period when Stewart hauled in a 40-yard TD pass from Hightower.
Hightower rushed for 114 yards on five carries and completed 8 of 13 passes for 109 yards.
Ethan Kizer chipped in for Rosemark with 63 yards on nine carries.
The Rebels will host Tunica Academy tomorrow night in another non-league game before opening up league play Sept. 5 at home against Fayette Academy.