DURHAM — Durham Hillside rallied in the second half to defeat archrival Southern Durham 29-24 Friday night before a near sellout crowd at Durham County Stadium.
The Hornets defense came up big when needed. With the Spartans driving for the winning score, Hillside defensive lineman K.J. Covington sacked Southern quarterback Kendall Hinton – the Hornets’ only sack of the night – to force a 4th-and-19 from the 25. Southern couldn’t capitalize, giving Hillside its second big win of the season after defeating No. 5 New Bern last weekend.
Hillside trailed 24-23 with 3:22 left in the third quarter before scoring their only points of the second half. Wide receiver Ray Green scored on a 10-yard reverse to put the Hornets ahead 29-24 after the two-point attempt failed.
From the start, Hillside wasted little time getting on the scoreboard first with a nine-play 66-yard drive that was helped along by back-to-back personal fouls calls on Southern. Senior running back Donte’ Thomas-Williams sealed the deal with a 3-yard scoot into the end zone for a 7-0 with 8:44 left in the first quarter.
The Hornets had a chance to take a 10-0 lead but kicker Ian Burris Jr. missed a 36-yard field goal with 3:48 left in the quarter.
A rejuvenated Southern marched 80 yards from its own 20 to tie the game on running back Kameron Johnson’s 1-yard plunge at the beginning of the second quarter.
The game was delayed 20 minutes when Southern linebacker Douglas Satterfield went down with a serious injury. Satterfield was carted off the field on a stretcher.
Soon after, a Hillside cheerleader reportedly suffered a seizure and also was carried out on a stretcher.
After a Hillside punt, the Spartans needed just two plays to take the lead. Senior wide receiver Maurice Trowell returned the punt 38 yards to the Hillside 33. Trowell then caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kendall Hinton to go ahead 14-7 with 9:22 left in the half.
But those were their last points of the quarter as Hillside went on a 16-0 run. After Burris’ 30-yard field goal, Forte-Ferguson threw for his second touchdown – a 35-yarder – to wide receiver Ray Green, and then kept the ball for a 1-yard plunge for a 23-14 halftime lead.