Friday was just another day at the office for Jamal Currie-Elliott.
The Hillside running back ran for 146 yards on 17 carries, and scored two touchdowns as the Hornets (8-1, 5-0 PAC-6) defeated Jordan 42-14 to win their sixth consecutive game this season and their 45th in a row against PAC-6 rivals over a six-year span.
Currie-Elliott, who rejoined the Hillside team in September following a brief stint at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., has now scored at least two touchdowns in each of the four games he’s played in since making his return.
Against Jordan (1-9, 1-5) he showcased his big play ability, breaking off explosive runs of 34 and 65 yards, while also reaching the end zone a pair of times.
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“I got to give it up to the offensive line, first off,” Currie-Elliott said. “I think I had a great performance, but man, that line, they’re the biggest o-line in the state.”
After getting off to a bit of a slow start – Hillside went three and out on its opening drive, and had far too many silly penalties in the first half – the Hornets were able to open up the scoring with a three-yard run by Elliott with just under five minutes left in the first quarter.
Hillside never surrendered that lead.
“It was a good game. We stayed healthy, only a couple of guys got banged up,” Hillside coach Ray Harrison said. “But we came in, we executed pretty well.
“We had a lot of penalties; the most penalties we’ve had all season. But we just need to make sure that we shore that up before we continue to make this run.”
Following a 12-yard punt by Hillside after its opening drive, Jordan had the ball at the Hornets’ 21-yard line with a chance to take an early lead. Instead, several negative plays and a holding penalty forced the Falcons to punt.
Hillside led 14-0 just minutes later after Currie-Elliott’s first score of the night, and 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Randy Trice to wide receiver Myles Dillon.
THREE (PLUS ONE) TO KNOW
Jamal Currie-Elliott, Hillside: Since returning to Hillside, the junior running back has rushed for 566 yards, and has 11 total touchdowns.
“Like I tell our guys, we don’t have superstars. We’re all on the same team, we’re all on the same level. He’s fallen right into that mold,” Harrison said of Currie-Elliott.
Myles Dillon, Hillside: Called the fastest guy on Hillside by Harrison, the sophomore wideout caught two touchdown passes against Jordan, showing how much potential he has.
David Thompson and Sincere Parker, Jordan: The two running backs really came alive in the second half, combining for 136 rushing yards on 16 carries. Parker’s biggest play of the game came on a 40-yard scamper down the sideline, and Thompson scored the Falcons’ second touchdown on a 34-yard run.
“It was good to see those two in the backfield together. We hadn’t had both of them healthy at the same time this year,” Jordan coach Anthony Barbour said. “It was just good to see them running together.
BY THE NUMBERS
2: interceptions by Hillside defensive back Corey Mitchell, who picked off a pass from opposing quarterback Ben Miller, and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
10: consecutive victories for Hillside against Jordan.
46: receiving yards for Jordan wide receiver Roger Jefferson, who put the Falcons on the board with a 25-yard catch in the second quarter.
284: rushing yards for Hillside, 97 of which came on 11 carries by Tyhijar Green, the Hornets’ powerful complement to Currie-Elliott in the backfield.
THEY SAID IT
“We’ve been balling out of control. We still make some mistakes here and there, but we’re young. We have three seniors I think on defense, and I think we’re just getting better week by week.” – Hillside coach Ray Harrison on his team’s defense.
Jordan closes out its season with a non-conference game against Panther Creek, which was postponed due to Tropical Storm Hermine in September. Hillside hosts Person in its regular-season finale.