Hillside kept its PAC-6 conference streak alive with a 21-6 win over Northern in Friday night football.
The Hornets welcomed back running back Jamal Currie-Elliott, who rushed for 129 yards on 22 carries.
But it was Hillside’s defense that was the star of the show. The unit caused four Knights turnovers, including three interceptions and a fumble return for a touchdown.
The Hornets scored the only points in the first half: a 70-yard fumble return by linebacker Aaron McCullough and a 2-yard run by running back Jeaven Curry for a 14-0 halftime lead.
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Hillside’s defense twice held the Knights on fourth-down attempts in the half and three times for the game.
The Hornets capitalized on Northern’s fumbled punt at the start of the third quarter with a 25-yard TD strike from quarterback Randy Trice to Currie-Elliott with 10:05 left.
The Knights kept it from being a shutout in the fourth period on QB Brycen Jackson’s 15-yard TD pass to Daylan Felton with 7:31 left in the game. Jackson replaced starting QB Luke Fenlon in the second quarter.
With 9:14 left in the first half and Northern with possession, the officials stopped the game and forced both teams to kneel as a sign of good sportsmanship. McCullough scored on the fumble on the next play.
THREE TO KNOW
Aaron McCullough, Hillside: Had a fumble return for a TD and an interception.
Jamal Currie-Elliott, Hillside: Rushed for 129 yards and caught a TD pass.
Luke Fenlon, Northern: Completed 9 of 24 passes for 159 yards, a TD and two interceptions.
BY THE NUMBERS
6: Straight PAC-6 conference titles by Hillside
3: Different Hillside players with an interception.
THEY SAID IT
“The pressure is on to keep our (conference) streak going. That’s why we practice hard and fight hard every game,” McCullough said.