Hillside remained undefeated in conference games and moved into first place of the PAC-6 after thrashing Riverside 34-7 Friday night.
The Hornets (7-1, 4-0) pulled ahead of Person High with two games left in the regular season, thanks to Northern Durham’s 17-16 win Friday against the Rockets in Roxboro.
Hillside junior star running back Jamal Currie-Elliott picked up where he left off from his spectacular winning kickoff touchdown against Cardinal-Gibbons. Currie-Elliott rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns, and caught 62 yards and another score.
He put Hillside on the scoreboard first with a 29-yard TD run on the Hornets first play from scrimmage. Currie-Elliott raced down the left sideline, cut back between two defenders, stumbled but kept his balance long enough to lunge into the end zone.
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Hillside’s special teams got into the action when linebacker Nelson Lee scooped up a fumble with 24.5 seconds left in the first quarter and returned it 20 yards for a 13-0 lead.
A 62-yard TD pass from quarterback Randy Trice to Currie-Elliott and a 4-yard run by Aaron McCullough gave Hillside a 27-0 halftime lead.
Another brilliant run by Currie-Elliott, this one an 85-yarder with 7:02 left in the third quarter, put Hillside ahead 34-0.
Riverside (2-6, 0-3) prevented a shutout in the fourth on RB Kaligah Murrell’s 5-yard scamper.
On Riverside’s first possession of the game, coach Chris Howell decided to go for it on fourth-and-9 on the Pirates 29-yard line. Hillside held and scored a touchdown on the next play.
THREE TO KNOW
Currie-Elliott: totaled 201 offensive yards – more than Riverside’s entire team.
Hillside’s defensive unit: Hornet defenders forced four turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions).
Murrell: rushed for 78 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.
BY THE NUMBERS
49: First-half yards rushing by Currie-Elliott, more than entire Riverside team
3: Different Riverside quarterbacks in the first half
26: Total yards passing by the trio in the half