Ray Harrison got his first win in his first game back at Hillside. The Hornets held off rival New Bern late in the fourth quarter to pull out a hard-fought 20-14 in Friday night football.
Hillside drove 66 yards on eight plays and sealed the deal on junior running back Tyhijar Green’s 2-yard plunge with 5:15 left in the fourth quarter. A missed extra-point attempt gave the Bears hope.
But the Hornets’ defense stiffened and stopped New Bern on 4th-and-5 at the Hillside 41 with 2:34 left.
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Harrison abandoned an ineffective passing game in the fourth quarter and put the ball in Green’s hands. It paid off.
THREE TO KNOW
Green gave Hillside a spark in the second half. He rushed for 50 yards – 55 total.
Hillside defensive end Dymir Watson tackled New Bern quarterback Dee Becton for a 10-yard loss that ended the Bears’ last drive.
Becton led an 89-yard drive in the third quarter to tie the game at 14.
BY THE NUMBERS
12: Combined penalties by both teams in the first half
50: Number of yards passing by both quarterbacks in the first half
32: Yards rushing by Hillside RB Isaiah Hunter in the first half – more than the rest of the team (25).
5: Hillside players who were helped off the field due to heat-related cramps.