Hillwood Looking Forward to Playing at Home
By Craig Ladd
Special to BSW
The road has been unkind to Hillwood since their last home game against Glencliff on September 9.
The Hilltoppers were 3-1 heading into four-straight road games, but they failed to win any of the four, falling this week to Lipscomb Academy, 43-7.
The Mustangs rolled up 390 yards rushing and limited Hillwood to just 95 yards total offense.
“Lipscomb Academy just steam rolled us. We had no answers for their rushing attack,” said Hillwood coach Kurt Page.
Hillwood took the opening kickoff and drove 26 yards to the 49-yard line and on fourth down Liam Dougherty’s punt traveled 44 yards and was downed at the Mustang’s five.
Lipscomb Academy would methodically move the ball down the field on a 9-play, 95-yard drive that was culminated by a Caleb Silva 35-yard touchdown run.
The second quarter was dismal for Hillwood as the Mustangs posted 23 points, including a safety, to lead at the half, 30-0.
A pair of third quarter touchdown runs of 2 and 55 yards by William Phillips and Matthew Jones, respectively, opened the lead to 43-0.
Hillwood would get on the board with 10:11 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard run by Lamont Jordan, which were the final points of the game.
The Hillwood offense was led by Antonio Walton with 59 yards rushing and quarterback Zion Tate, who passed for 29 yards.
Defensively, linebacker Brandon Lyles recorded 11 tackles, including a tackle for loss.
Hillwood played most of the game without QB Hale Page due to injury.
The sophomore, who came into the game having passed for 1,183 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, only played for five snaps and didn’t attempt a pass.
The injury bug also bit the Hilltoppers’ top lineman in Chris Clark. The 6-3, 305-pound junior, who is garnering attention on the collegiate level, has been invaluable this season on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
“Missing our best quarterback and lineman in Hale and Chris were tough for our team to overcome,” said Page.
The loss drops Hillwood’s record to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in Region 6, 4-A. Hillwood will take on non-region foe Hickman County on Friday night before ending the season at home in a region game against Montgomery Central.
“It will be six weeks on Friday night since out last home game. Obviously, our guys are glad to finish up the season at home,” said Page.
Hillwood still has a chance to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row, which last happened in 2003 and 2004, the only time in school history.
“Some things will have to fall our way to get into the playoffs but in order to have a chance, we must beat Montgomery Central. Hickman County is our next game so that’s our focus this week,” said Page.
Kickoff for both games will be at 7 p.m.