It’s tough enough to defend Science Hill’s offense just because of the presence of quarterback Reed Hayes and running back Will Adams.
But on Friday night at Sullivan South, the Hilltoppers showed there is quite a stockpile in the offensive arsenal. The Hilltoppers rang up 69 points in a 42-point victory over the Rebels.
Hayes got a lot of credit for his six touchdown passes, and rightly so. The senior is the real deal, and really made only one mistake — throwing off his back foot for an interception late in the first half.
However, the real eye-opener was the fact he hit six different players for touchdowns. Some high school teams won’t have six different players catch a touchdown pass in an entire season.
It wasn’t all Hayes. When he said after the game the receivers did the hard work, there was a lot of truth to the statement. The first TD toss was a diving catch by Malik McGue, and the second was an alert grab of a deflection by Jordan Olsen.
The third one was more about Hayes as he dropped a feather-soft bomb in the hands of Tre Webster. Touchdown No. 4 was a short one to O’Ryen Scott while the fifth one was a screen pass where Adams’ ability to make defenders miss was on full display.
No. 6, setting a school record, was a really nice throw over the defense and softly into the hands of Grant Janeway.
When a team can run and throw the football with equal effectiveness, it is tough for a defense to get stops. And when that team can pick any receiver for a big play, even a good defense will be vulnerable.
How far the Hilltoppers go this season remains to be seen. But one thing seems certain: Teams are going to have to outscore them to beat them.
Last year Science Hill set a school record with 354 regular season points. Amazingly in just six games this year, they have already scored 304 points — a pace for 507.
As for that “Showdown in K-Town” on Oct. 26? D-B has weapons, too, and the Indians have scored 324 points so far.
In two games as Dobyns-Bennett’s starting quarterback, Malik Foreman has put up some astounding numbers.
He has thrown just nine passes, but five of them went for touchdowns. The distances were 53, 52, 50, 30 and 12 yards. He is 7 of 9 for 221 yards overall.
And his quarterback play apparently isn’t hurting his defense and special teams efforts. In the last two games, Foreman has returned two interceptions for touchdowns (60, 25) and also returned a punt 75 yards for a score.
Soccer update: University High is battling its way through youth, and coming out with some nice wins.
“I’m pretty happy with the way things have gone,” said Lady Junior Bucs head coach Victor Chirica. “I’ve got eight girls who are ninth-graders, and two who are eighth-graders. We’ve got a very young team.”
Junior forward Savannah Wexler is the team’s top scoring threat. Twice she has scored seven goals in a game, threatening the state record of nine.
“She’s the best player on the team,” said Chirica. “She’s very aggressive, and good with both feet. She understands the game very well. She knows how to position herself on the field.”
Another key player is Belle Bright. The junior forward has authored a six-goal game this year against West Greene.
“She is very good, too, and is one of the best players,” said Chirica.
Also standing out is senior defender Kathleen Green.
UH has a tough chore today as it will travel to take on Greeneville. The Lady Junior Bucs also have road games remaining against Cosby and Grainger.
District tournament action is just a couple of weeks away.
Football games of the week: Daniel Boone at Science Hill, Sullivan South at Volunteer, Elizabethton at Unicoi County, Cumberland Gap at Greeneville.
Trailblazers vs. Hilltoppers — After its destruction of Tennessee High, Boone has earned more respect for its matchup against a close rival. However, speed is still the separating point between these teams.
Rebels vs. Falcons — The Falcons are building a surprise case for a playoff bid, but this is a game they have to get with Science Hill, D-B and Tennessee High left on the schedule.
Cyclones vs. Blue Devils — Yes, Elizabethton is a strong favorite. However, a Unicoi upset would create a four-way tie for first place in the Three Rivers Conference.
Panthers vs. Greene Devils — Both of these teams have shown the ability to put points on the board this season, so a shootout is possibly in the works.
Pick of the Week — Science Hill 35, Daniel Boone 20.
Throw out the Dobyns-Bennett game, and Daniel Boone has outscored its opponents by an average margin of 30-11.
However, D-B beat Boone 56-21 and the Hilltoppers have a lot of the same qualities the Indians possess.
Picks record: 7-0.
Player of the week — Reed Hayes of Science Hill.
The Hilltoppers ran away from Sullivan South, and Hayes had his fingerprints all over it.
The senior quarterback completed 13 of 19 passes for 229 yards and six touchdowns. He had scoring strikes of 20, 16, 32, 3, 36 and 15 yards, finding six different receivers.
Hayes also carried 10 times for 96 yards, finishing with 325 in total offense.
The Hogs Award — Science Hill Hilltoppers.
Running lanes. Check. Passing wall. Check.
The Hill Hogs were clicking on all cylinders in the win over South, including 331 yards rushing on 40 attempts for 8.3 yards per carry. They also provided pass protection for 13 completions in 19 attempts (68 percent).
Defensive unit of the week — Dobyns-Bennett Indians.
Sullivan Central simply found no room to operate. The Indians crushed the Cougars 75-0, limiting Central to just five yards of total offense.
D-B’s defense allowed minus-12 yards rushing on 25 attempts, picked off two passes, recovered a fumble, and forced a whopping 10 punts.
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Deadline is Sunday at midnight.
This Week in Prep History — September 29, 2000.
Stepping into a starting role because of an injury, Josh Rich cut loose for 215 yards rushing in Johnson County’s 46-13 win over North Greene. Rich had touchdown runs of a 63, 12 and 15 yards.
Volunteer battles its way into the Prep Top 10 for the first time in recent memory.
Meanwhile, Daniel Boone powered its way into the looming shadows of D-B and Science Hill.
Team W-L Prv
1. Dobyns-Bennett 6-0 1
2. Science Hill 6-0 2
3. Daniel Boone 5-1 4
4. Elizabethton 5-2 5
5. Sullivan North 6-1 6
6. Tennessee High 4-2 3
7. Greeneville 3-3 7
8. Hampton 5-1 8
9. Johnson County 3-3 9
10. Volunteer 3-3 nr