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.
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