By Otis Kirk
Little Rock Christian wide receiver Chris Hightower (pictured above in Razorback shirt next to Barry Lunney Jr.) helped his team to a 52-38 victory over Pulaski Academy on Sunday in War Memorial Stadium.
Hightower, 6-2, 185, and the Warriors captured the Class 5A state championship finishing the season 13-1. In the game, Hightower caught four passes for 92 yards and a touchdown while also rushing three times for 33 yards. With 5:04 remaining in the third quarter and the Bruins leading 31-24, Hightower got behind the secondary for a 41-yard touchdown reception to tie the game.
“It meant everything to win the state championship,” Hightower said. “Especially beating a team that has been undefeated for the last few years. It’s amazing.”
Little Rock Christian coach Eric Cohu had praise for Hightower to Hooten’s Arkansas Football.
“He is one of the best I’ve seen running jet and speed sweeps,” Cuhu said. “He can fly around the edge and get outside on zone runs. He’s versatile enough to split out, then go get it across of the middle of the field.”
Hightower also talked about what he feels are his strengths in football.
“Some of my biggest strengths on the field are being an offensive leader, and being able to be the go-to receiver in crunch time,” Hightower said. “Also my ability to stretch the field is a key factor in my game.”
With some of the top players on Little Rock Christian graduating some of the key hopes for next year will fall on the shoulders of Hightower. He’s looking forward to the challenge.
“My goal for the next year is to become one of the top recovers in my class and to try and lead my team to another state title,” Hightower said.
One of the players leaving is senior quarterback Justice Hill who was named the MVP of the championship game. Hill completed 12 of 25 passes for 218 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while also rushing 15 times for 112 yards and two more touchdowns.
“Justice’s performance meant everything to the team,” Hightower said. “He ended up leading the team to victory and did what he had to do to get us the W.”
Kansas offered Hightower on Nov. 2. That was his first offer, but certainly won’t be his last.
— Chris Hightower (@_chrishightower) November 3, 2018
Highower talked about the recruiting process and the schools he’s looking at.
“I don’t really have any college in mind yet,” Hightower said. “But my recruiting process is still open and I’m gaining more interest.”
Hightower attended a football camp at Arkansas with some of his teammates including Miller Karrh and Lawson Howard. He hopes to get an offer from the Razorbacks.
“I think that the Razorbacks will be good in the future and it would mean a lot to get a chance to play for my hometown,” Hightower said.