By Craig Ladd
Special to BSW
Hillwood used a quick strike offense and a smothering defense to post 28 points in the first quarter in route to a 49-8 homecoming victory over Glencliff.
The Hilltoppers offense used only nine plays to produce four touchdowns in the first 12:20 of the game.
Sophomore quarterback Hale Page found speedy senior wide receiver Monterrion McKissack on a 44-yard TD pass to kick-start the scoring onslaught.
Less than two minutes later, the Toppers were in the end zone again as senior running back Antonio Walton scored on a 15-yard run, his first of three in the game.
Walton would score again on the first play of Hillwood’s third possession on a 37-yard burst.
The Hilltopper’s final points of the first quarter came on a screen pass to senior running back Kendrick Gordon who raced 60 yards for the touchdown.
“I was very happy with our start. To put up 28 points in the first quarter was great. Our offense continues to evolve and develop,” said Hillwood coach Kurt Page.
The second quarter began where the Hilltoppers left off as Hale Page connected again with Monterrion McKissack, this time on a 14-yard scoring strike.
Less than two minutes later Page located senior receiver Kenneth Redd in the end zone for a 17-yard TD.
Glencliff would register on the scoreboard for the only time of the night on a halfback pass from Brandon Bryant to wide out De’Andre Mumphrey for a 70-yard touchdown.
The Hilltoppers final score of the night would be Walton’s third TD of the evening as he raced 24 yards to paydirt. Neither team would score in the second half for the final result.
Walton, who led the team in rushing with 107 yards on 11 carries, became the first Topper rusher to reach the century mark this season.
Hale Page had his best game of the year completing seven of his 11 passes for 200 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the second straight game that the sophomore has passed for over 200 yards.
Hillwood reached a high-water mark in offense with 366 total yards, 149 rushing and 217 receiving.
“We go into every game looking to hit our offensive marks of having a 100-yard rusher and a 200-yard passer, so I was happy to see us accomplish that,” said Page, who is in his second-year as Hillwood coach.
The receiving corp posted monster numbers as the Toppers averaged over 27-yards per catch. McKissack led the way with three receptions for 81 yards followed by Redd with two catches for 42 yards and Gordon’s solo catch for 60 yards.
Defensively, Hillwood limited the Colts to just 175 yards total offense, 85 yards rushing and 90 passing. The Toppers defense yielded only 2.6 yards per carry.
“Our defense provided the offense many opportunities by shutting down the Glencliff’s offense and continually getting three-and-outs,” said Page, who is now 8-7 overall at Hillwood.
It was a game that allowed defensive coordinator Gary Clarke to play numerous players as a total of 22 registered a tackle. Reserve junior defensive lineman Tyveon Hopson led the team in tackles with six and also had a half-tackle for a loss. Senior Adrian Correa recorded five tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble and classmate Thaddeus Clay also totaled five tackles and a fumble recovery that he returned 10 yards.
The victory was Hillwood’s third straight heading into a trip to Clarksville to face Northwest on Friday night. The Hilltoppers are in a three-way tie for first in Region 6-4A with Lipscomb Academy and Montgomery Central.
It will be the first of four straight road games that doesn’t see Hillwood host a home game again until October 21.
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