No. 15 Dudley overwhelms No. 12 Hillside
Hillside may have beaten a defending state champion and another 2012 4-A playoff team to open the season, but the Hornets weren’t ready for a defense as big or as physical as they saw here Friday.
Hillside, the state's No. 12-ranked team by MaxPreps.com, didn’t gain a first down until less than three minutes remained in the third quarter and No. 15 Dudley cruised to a 24-7 victory over the visiting Hornets.
“Dudley, we’ve got something special this year,” Dudley linebacker Chris Register, a Clemson commit, said, “and I think people are starting to see it.”
Dudley quarterback Emmanuel Moseley, who has agreed to play at Tennessee next season, accounted for three touchdowns, one through the air and two on the ground.
Meanwhile, Hillside stars Donté Thomas-Williams, a running back, and Trevion Thompson, a wide receiver, couldn’t get going and neither could their teammates.
Dudley’s front four provided constant pressure on quarterback Nas Forté-Ferguson, and it wasn’t until the Panthers began to take out their starters that Hillside was able to move the ball at all.
“Our front line, they’re a beast,” Moseley said. “They give our corners time to lock down our men. Trevion is one of the top receivers in the state, and we did a good job on him.”
The Hornets’ sophomore running back, Marcus Krah, scored a touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the game to prevent the shutout.
The Panthers’ offense, meanwhile, slowly wore down Hillside’s defense, and by the start of the fourth quarter, Dudley was ripping off huge chunks of yardage on the ground.
Moseley led all rushers with 134 yards and added 62 more yards through the air.
Moseley’s two rushing touchdowns in the second half clinched the game, and Hillside had trouble corralling the speedy and shifty quarterback for most of the night.
Dudley running backs Darius Graves and Connell Young were also heavily involved on the ground, with Graves scoring a touchdown and nearly reaching the 100-yard mark himself.
Hillside’s playmakers struggled to do much of anything. Thomas-Williams’ longest rush of the game was eight yards, and Hillside was already down 18-0 before Thompson found some breathing room.
“We were just all locked in,” Register said. “Everybody knew what to do.”
DUDLEY 24, HILLSIDE 7
Hillside 0 0 0 7 — 7
Dudley 0 12 6 6 — 24
D—Darius Graves 26 rush (PAT no good) 6:26
D—Yuau Shol 21 pass from Emmanuel Moseley (rush failed) 0:00
D—Moseley 9 rush (rush failed) 3:27
D—Moseley 1 rush (rush failed) 9:17
H—Marcus Krah 2 rush (Ian Burris Jr. kick) 0:59
Records—Hillside 2-1, Dudley 4-0.