DURHAM — Durham Hillside quarterback Vad Lee again made Georgia Tech look like geniuses.
The Yellow Jackets recruit rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns, and threw for 165 yards and three TDs to lead the Hornets to a 46-0 shutout of Southeast Guilford Friday night.
Lee said Hillside is extra motivated after a disappointing loss two years ago in the semifinals to Douglas Byrd. The Hornets thought they had the game won, but lost in the final seconds after a roughing-the-snapper penalty gave the Eagles a second chance at a field goal.
That has been our motivation all season, Lee said. We remember that feeling, and we dont want to let it happen again.
The Falcons, who did not throw a pass, were no match for Hillside. They were held to just 100 yards of total offense.
Lee put Hillside on the scoreboard with a 1-yard dive just before the end of the first quarter. The Hornets then turned on the jets in the second quarter, scoring 22 points: a 43-yard pass from Lee to Aquez Willis; a 14-yard Lee connection to Devondre Watson and a beautiful 39-yard cut-up-the- middle run by Lee to give Hillside a 30-0 halftime lead.
[Despite the score], I liked the physicality of the game, Hillside coach Antonio King said. They gave our defense the opportunity to work on defending the run.
Running back Jamal Williams scored on a 9-yard run in the third, before Lee connected with his third receiver, Austin Weaks, for 11 yards. Kicker Fredrick Adujua finished out the scoring with a 35-yard field goal.
Each game we play from here on out is do or die, Lee said. Tonight, we finished 1-0 with four more to go.