– Durham Hillside’s dominance in the PAC-6 Conference continues after the Hornets recorded a lopsided 55-21 Friday night win over Northern Durham.
The victory is Hillside’s 31st consecutive conference win and ninth straight over the Knights dating back to 2005. The Hornets are now in sole possession of first place with just two games remaining in the regular season.
“We are not as sharp yet as I want us to be, but we are getting there,” Hillside head coach Antonio King said. “We still have some things we need to work, but it’s coming along.”
True freshman running back Jamal Currie-Elliott led the Hornets with 72 yards on just four carries and two touchdowns to break open a close first-half game. The Hornets’ run game totaled 235 rushing yards by seven different players.
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“Jamal is only going to get stronger and better,” King said. “He will do some great things.”
Senior wide receiver Miles Kelly needed just 12 seconds to put Hillside on the scoreboard first with a dazzling 73-yard kickoff return.
Hillside built a 20-0 lead on two Currie-Elliott touchdowns: a 12-yarder and a 48-yard run with 8:53 left in first half.
But a 44-yard kickoff return by Northern’s Atavion Oliver gave the Knights some momentum at the Hillside 31. Quarterback Luke Fenlon needed just one play to WR Ravon Bass to draw to 20-7.
Hillside, however, had too many weapons. Nas Forte-Ferguson threw back-to-back touchdown passes – a 26-yarder to Ray Green Jr. and a 59-yard strike to Currie-Elliott – just before the half for a commanding 34-7 lead.
The Knights put together their two best drives of the game in the third quarter. A three-play 62-yard drive culminated in Fenlon finding Dejuan Graham for a 27-yard touchdown. Less than five minutes later, Northern was on the scoreboard again, this one a 5-yard Fenlon-to-Graham connection to close the gap 34-21 with 2:48 left in the period.
But Hillside’s defense cooled the momentum by intercepting Fenlon twice, including a 72-yard return for a touchdown by linebacker Aaron McCullough.