By Craig Ladd
What appeared to be a promising start, as Hillwood scored on its opening drive of the game, turned out to be a facade as Clarksville posted 42 unanswered points in route to a 42-6 win on Friday night at Hillwood.
Toppers returner Trevon Wade took the opening kickoff 82 yards to set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Cymitrius Addison and with 9:48 remaining in the first quarter, Hillwood led, 6-0 after the extra point was missed.
But the lead was short lived as one minute later, Wildcats running back Jayden Ramos scored on a 29-yard run and the converted extra point by kicker Caden
Patterson put Clarksville in the lead, 7-6 … a lead it would not relinquish.
The Hilltoppers had a couple of opportunities inside the Clarksville 20-yard line near the end of the first half but failed to capitalize.
“We drove to the red zone twice before the end of the first half, but didn’t cash in. We have got to capture momentum situations,” said Hillwood coach Kurt Page.
The Wildcats seized the missed Hillwood chances as quarterback Skyler Luna would be responsible for 12 of the next 21 points with a touchdown run and pass, as the Wildcats led 28-6 at halftime.
The senior QB picked up where he left off in the first half with a TD run in the third quarter and touchdown pass in the fourth.
“There offense was very similar to what Georgia Tech runs. It is very difficult to stop and they were very precise and disciplined in executing it,” said Page.
Hillwood QB Hale Page passed for 174 yards on the night completing 12 of his 29 passes and a pair of interceptions.
Wideouts TJ Spain and Kyle Carder each recorded three catches for 54 yards to lead the Toppers in receiving yards.
Once again Hillwood had trouble running the ball, managing just 15 yards rushing on the night. Jaylen Haddock was the Hilltoppers leading rusher with four carries for 11 yards.
Linebacker Daniel Bonner registered another double-digit tackle game with 13 stops, including two for loss.
The last two games the senior has 30 tackles and five tackles for loss. Linebacker Jason Legrand also had a standout game with nine tackles and quarterback hurry and Carder equaled Legrand’s tackle total and added a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.
Hillwood will travel to Sumner County to battle Region 6-5A Gallatin on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
It will mark the Toppers first region encounter after the cancellation due to inclement weather of the Hunters Lane game two weeks ago. That game will be made up at Hillwood on Oct. 13.
Hilltoppers Can't Capitalize in Clarksville