Looking fully recovered from a rocky start to its season, Hillside ran over winless Nash Central 47-0 last Friday for the Hornets’ first home win in 2014.
A large crowd in Russell Blunt Stadium saw Hillside quarterback Nas Forte-Ferguson throw three touchdown passes – one apiece to RicQuaz Brannon, DaeShawn Stephens and Brian Hightower – but the Hornets (2-4) did most of their damage on the ground.
Raquan McCall led all rushers with 101 yards on 14 carries, while Brannon (9-92) and sophomore quarterback Chauncey Caldwell (6-58) each ran for two touchdowns. Jamal Currie-Elliott (6-59) and championship sprinter Marcus Krah (4-45) helped Hillside rack up more than 350 yards rushing.
“The confidence was still there; we were just making too many little mistakes,” Hillside Coach Antonio King said. “We lost four games by a grand total of 20 points. That was little mistakes. If we had made seven plays throughout our preseason, we would be 6-0 right now.”
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King said that he and the team went into the game knowing they simply needed to perform. By halftime, the Hornets were up 34-0.
“It was good to get a little humbled, but a showing like tonight just shows what we’re capable of,” King said. “We knew we outmatched them. We wanted to play a good offensive game and I think we did that.”
When asked about numerous penalties on both sides, King noted the team has work to do.
“Some of the [mistakes] got cleaned up. When you play a good opponent, a little mistake will hurt you … but we played a better game all around.”
Southern 69, Northern Vance 0: Kendall Hinton ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more Friday as the Spartans got off to a good start in Big Eight play. Ranked No. 1 by the News & Observer and the Associated Press, Southern (5-0) built a 55-0 lead in the first half and the clock ran throughout the last two periods.
Greensboro Dudley 24, Northern: Northern Durham (0-6) played undefeated Dudley (5-0) extremely tough and trailed just 8-0 at the half. The Panthers, the defending 4A state champs, ranked No. 4 in the AP poll, managed only one offensive touchdown – scoring in the second half on a punt return and an interception return.
Pinecrest 48, Jordan 6: QB Christian Ledbetter completed 11 of 18 passes for 117 yards and ran 16 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns as Southern Pines Pinecrest (6-0) had little trouble Friday night at Claude Currie Stadium. The Falcons (0-6) got a second-half touchdown on an 80-yard run by Chris Francis.
Cleveland 49, Riverside 0: Facing one of the area’s top offenses Friday night, the Pirates (11-5) needed to hold onto the ball to limit the opportunities for Clayton Cleveland (5-1), but they did the exact opposite -- fumbling away three possessions, muffing a kick and throwing an interception.