Steve Spurrier once described his offensive philosophy as basketball on grass and that’s what seemed to be going on across the synthetic surface of Spurrier Field on Friday night.
Indeed, Science Hill’s offense appears primed for next week’s battle of unbeatens at Dobyns-Bennett, and its defense can’t have much more trouble than it did Friday night at Kermit Tipton Stadium.
Reed Hayes passed for 352 yards and five touchdowns and Tre Webster scored four TDs, helping the Hilltoppers coast to a surreal 76-48 win against Tennessee High despite allowing 564 yards of offense to the Vikings.
The 76 points is a record for Science Hill (6-0, 9-0), which got 390 of its 634 yards while building a 42-26 halftime lead.
Tennessee High quarterback Peyton Henley might’ve recorded some records, too. He was very accurate and fairly mobile, which helped him pass for 374 yards and five TDs. Adam Mitchell had 12 catches for 121 yards for the Vikings (3-3, 5-4). The Vikes also rushed for 190 yards.
The 18 touchdowns left Hilltoppers coach Stacy Carter and Tennessee High counterpart Shane Boggs a bit dazed.
“I saw them hit it like that when they played South,” Carter said. “They’re little quarterback played phenomenal. Man, he threaded some balls in there, too. He made some great throws.
“I knew that potential was there for them. … And 24 (Mitchell) is a super player; he really is.”
Despite the Vikings’ fireworks they were never closer than 15 points in the second half, and Webster immediately padded that margin when he returned a kickoff 99 yards to give Science Hill a 56-34 lead with 5:48 left in the third quarter.
At that point, Webster already had three TD passes for 77 yards.
“He’s a home run threat on offense, plays good defense and he returned that kickoff,” Carter said. “That was a big deal.”
Hayes also threw a 78-yard TD pass to Malik McGue, a 60-yard TD to Jordan Olsen and rushed for two TDs.
“We have a hard time stopping them,” Boggs aid. “The quarterback’s really good. Our quarterback, Peyton, played out of his – just played incredible. But their guy’s really good too, and he’s got a lot of weapons around him.”
McGue had nine catches for 154 yards and rushed three times for 17 yards and a TD. He also intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it 37 yards.
Chance Pierce rushed for 113 yards on eight carries, all in the second half, for Science Hill. Will Adams rushed for 63 yards and a TD on seven carries. O’Ryen Scott had 69 yards of offense.
The Vikings’ Christian Gibson caught TD passes of 70 and 34 yards in the first half. The Hilltoppers played looser defense in the second half, and which is when Sir Shuff (17 carries, 66 yards) and Travond Delaney (13 carries, 87 yards) got the vast majority of their rushing yardage.
“It kind of forced us to go to two-deep man and you can run the ball in two-deep man,” Carter said. “It’s just one of those days. They didn’t drop balls. They caught everything. They made some good plays.”
Science Hill visits D-B next week with much more than the Indians’ 18-year winning streak on the line.
“It’s a huge game, and what we’re playing for’s huge, too,” Carter said. “Basically, whoever wins it can be the No. 1 seed. Maryville’s been the No. 1 seed for a long time, and the winner of this game has that opportunity. So that makes the stakes even higher than it being a Science Hill/Dobyns-Bennett game.”
The Vikings’ Boggs gives the edge to the Indians.
“D-B’s probably more physical, alright,” Boggs said. “They’re both great on offense. D-B’s certainly better on defense.
“But Science Hill’s probably good enough to where if D-B turned it over a few times and helped them, then it could be a real good game. But I would expect that D-B’s better.”
The Vikings host Volunteer on Friday, likely with a playoff berth at stake.