Science Hill's Marcus Patton is taken down after an 8-yard catch that set up his 12-yard TD catch from Malik McGue late in the first half of a 34-12 scrimmage victory against Greeneville. Trey Williams/Johnson City Press
Science Hill has some Swiss Army knives on offense this season, and they’re helping the Hilltoppers gash defenses.
The athletic versatility was on display seemingly every other snap in a scrimmage against Greeneville on Thursday at Kermit Tipton Stadium.
Quarterback Malik McGue ran for a 54-yard touchdown, caught a 54-yard touchdown pass from Justin Bedard and threw a 12-yard TD pass while helping the Hilltoppers roll to a 28-0 halftime lead against the Greene Devils.
Bedard scored the other first-half touchdown, taking a handoff to his right out of the pistol formation from McGue and cutting in back up inside near the right hash for a 5-yard score.
The starters for both teams appeared to play the entire first half. The Hilltoppers T.J. Delaney added a touchdown in the second half of a 34-12 Science Hill win.
McGue played quarterback, running back and receiver. Several Science Hill receivers can carry the ball out of the backfield.
Physical and plenty athletic, Bedard had one impressive 25-yard scramble to the Greeneville 16-yard line with 1:02 left in the half.
It set up McGue’s 12-yard TD pass to Marcus Patton on a 4th-and-6 after a timeout. McGue bought time rolling right and found Patton on the back of the end zone.
McGue also connected with Patton for a 32-yard pass to the Greeneville 5 after rolling left and throwing a pass in stride.
Carter likes the versatility players such as McGue, Bedard and receiver-running back Mikey White offer.
“It’s fun for them and keeps people ready no matter what,” Carter said.
Carter was concerned with White, who left the game with an injury. But preliminary indications, Carter said, suggested the injury wasn’t severe.
The only other thing especially annoying Carter seemed to be a couple of offsides penalties by Science Hill defensive linemen on 3rd-and-5 and 3rd-and-6.
Among the Hilltoppers making tackles behind the line of scrimmage were Quintin Alibocus, Chase Silvers and Bryson Tolley. Brett Marcus recovered a fumble.
Elijah Mathes also helped move the chains with double-digit gains on several drives.
An offensive line led by senior left tackle Malcolm White and Dylan Miles helped pave the way. And Greeneville coach Caine Ballard was telling his offensive linemen after several series that they were getting beat up front.
Having now beaten Sullivan South, Dobyns-Bennett and Greeneville in scrimmages, there’s seemingly more cause for excitement among Science Hill fans than there’s been since the Mike Turner era in the early ’90s.
“I really think if we come together we’ll have a special team,” Carter said. “I know the potential. Teams that do the best have players that love and care for each other. ... There’s only one football, and we’ve got so many people who can do so many things.”
The Hilltoppers open next Friday at Elizabethton, which visits Daniel Boone tonight.comments powered by Disqus