Toppers Lose Second Straight Road Game
By Craig Ladd
Special to BSW
The second of four-straight road games for Hillwood provided the same result as the first at Clarksville Northwest … a loss. The Hilltoppers were victimized by a potent Whites Creek second-half rushing attack, falling to the Cobras, 29-14.
Whites Creek amassed 176 yards total offense in the second half, all on the ground, as running back Jacob Frazier, who didn’t have a carry in the first half, rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown.
The opening possession of the second half would be indicative of the remainder of the game as Whites Creek consumed 6:30 of the third quarter clock with a 12-play, 64-yard scoring drive culminated by a Frazier TD run to increase the Cobras lead to 21-7.
“The first five minutes of the second half are very important in setting the tone of the game going forward. Our defense just couldn’t make the needed stops to get off the field,” said Hillwood coach Kurt Page.
The Toppers cut the deficit to a seven-points as QB Hale Page connected with wide receiver Kenneth Redd on a 42-yard touchdown with 2:26 remaining in the third quarter, but that would be as close as the score would get. Whites Creek running back Rontarius Summers provided the final margin, scoring on a 7-yard run and subsequent 2-point conversion.
Offensively, the Hilltoppers posted 327 yards total offense, but only managed to have 127 of those yards in the second half.
Hale Page saw his three-game streak of at least 200 yards passing end as the sophomore finished with 199 yards through air completing 11 of his 32 passes with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Senior running back Antonio Walton led the team in rushing with 10 carries for 78 yards. Fellow senior rusher Lamont Jordan, seeing his first action in the backfield this season, was impressive totaling 50 yards on nine carries. Redd had an exceptional night receiving averaging over 30-yards per catch on five snags for 153 yards. Classmate Kendrick Gordon had a pair of receptions for 25 yards, including a 13-yard TD catch.
“We executed some positive plays at times, however just not enough for a winning performance,” said Page, who is in second year as the Hillwood coach.
Defensively, the Toppers had problems slowing down the Cobras run-game surrendering 241 of the 347 yards total offense.
Junior linebacker Daniel Bonner put forth an outstanding performance pacing the defense in tackles with 10 stops, including a tackle for loss. Senior ’backer mate Brandon Lyles also was active, collecting seven tackles, a pair of tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.
With the loss the Hilltoppers fall to 3-3 on the season and are currently in a four-way tie for second place in the Region 6-4A behind Lipscomb Academy.
Hillwood is back on the road Friday night against region foe Creek Wood.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.