Hornets rally past rival Spartans
No. 11 Hillside came from behind twice Friday night to down rival Southern 29-24 in the inaugural Bull City Labor Day Classic at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
The game was the first between the teams since Southern was reclassified to 3-A and left the PAC-6.
Raw emotion was obvious throughout. In the first half alone, the two teams were whistled for a combined 16 penalties for 200 yards, many for unsportsmanlike behavior. The total for the game was 25 for 293 yards.
Hillside opened the scoring on a 3-yard run by Donte Thomas-Williams to cap a 10-play, 66-yard game-opening drive.
The Hornets’ Ian Burris missed a 36-yard field goal try on their next possession, and Southern answered with a 9-play, 80-yard drive capped by fullback Kameron Johnson’s 1-yard dive on the first play of the second quarter.
The Spartans took their first lead of the game on the legs and hands of Maurice Trowell, who returned a punt 38 yards and later grabbed a 33-yard scoring pass from Kendall Hinton on the next play for a 14-7 lead.
The burst lit a spark in the Hillside huddle, as the Hornets erupted for 16 straight points and led 23-14 at the half.
Ian Burris nailed a 29-yard field goal, Nas Forte-Ferguson hit Ray Green on a 35-yard TD pass and Forte-Ferguson scored on a keeper from the 1.
Southern wasn’t done.
William Cameron returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards to trim the lead to 23-21.
Leonardo Orozco’s 42-yard field goal gave Southern the lead for a second time at 24-23.
Hillside capped a 64-yard drive with Ray Green’s end-around score from the 10 on the opening play of the fourth quarter to regain the lead, but a two-point conversion try failed and the Hornets led 29-24.
Southern had a chance to regain the lead late, but the Hornets’ secondary kept Hinton’s arm at bay and a key sack by Hillside’s K.J. Covington put the Spartans in a fourth-and-19 hole from which they couldn’t escape.
Hillside offense got to run out the clock behind tailback Donte Thomas-Williams (124 yards on 24 carries.)
NOTES — Southern defensive end Doug Satterfield was injured with 11:35 left in the second quarter, prompting a 22-minute delay before he was removed from the field on a stretcher and from the stadium by ambulance. ... While Satterfield was down, a Hillside cheerleader apparently collapsed and she, too, was removed by stretcher and ambulance. No official word was available on the condition of either.
Hillside 29, Southern 24
H—Donte Thomas-Williams 5 run (Ian Burris kick), 8:44.
S—Kameron Johnson 1 run (Leonardo Orozco kick), 11:55.
S—Maurice Trowell 33 pass from Kendall Hinton (Orozco kick), 9:22.
H—Burriss FG 39, 7:02.
H—Ray Green 35 pass from Nas Forte-Ferguson (kick failed), 5:20.
H—Forte-Ferguson 1 run (Burris kick), 1:25.
S—William Cameron 87 kick return (Orozco kick), 11:47.
S—Orozco 42 FG, 3:22.
H—Green 10 run (run failed), 11:51.
RUSHING—Hillside, Donte’ Thomas-Williams 24-124, Forte’-Ferguson 3-17, Raquaz Brannon 8-37, Marcus Krah 1-2, Ray Green 1-10. Southern, William Cameron 6-18, Jordan Brown 8-27, Hinton 11-52.
PASSING—Hillside, Nas Forte-Ferguson 9-21-125-0. Southern, Kendall Hinton 12-23-148-1.
RECEIVING—Hillside, Trevion Thompson 6-82, Ray Green 1-35, Malik Evans 1-5, Thomas-Williams 1-3. Southern, Maurice Trowell 4-72, Jordan Brown 2-19, Cameron 1-28, Derrick Mason 2-15, Jason Henderson 4-29.