Throwing football’s version of a perfect game, Justin Snyder led Science Hill to a 55-7 romp over David Crockett on Friday night at Pioneer Field.
Snyder was 12 for 12 passing for 158 yards as the Hilltoppers built a 35-0 lead early in the second quarter. After taking an early sack when he was focused on the end zone, Snyder settled in and simply took what the Crockett defense gave him the rest of the game.
“I got sacked early in the game when I tried to make a throw I shouldn’t have,” Snyder said. “Other than that, I just tried to take what they gave me. Maybe a four-yard pass will turn into a 60-yard pass, you never know.
“Especially, at the beginning of the game, you never want to do too much or force it.”
After Snyder left the game late in the second quarter, backups Reed Hayes and Malik McGue stayed on target as the Hilltoppers completed all 17 of their passes attempted for 192 yards. With the win, they improved to 2-0 in the Big Eight Conference and 3-2 overall.
“We’re lucky to have such talented guys,” Science Hill head coach Stacy Carter said. “Those guys played great tonight and Snyder has been playing great all year. He’s as good as any quarterback I’ve ever had.”
The only blemish in an otherwise flawless performance was a backwards pass from Snyder intended for Jahmar Adams, who slipped on the play. With the play ruled a lateral, Crockett’s Caleb Roark scooped up the fumble and ran it back to Science Hill’s 15-yard line.
Then, the Pioneers (0-2, 0-4) went backwards for three plays before Anthony Campbell turned a screen pass from Devuan Miller into a 29-yard touchdown.
Campbell was a bright spot for Crockett with numbers which included 14 rushes for 81 yards, the 29-yard touchdown catch and a 38-yard kick return. Making his prescence felt all over the field, he added a blocked extra point in the second half.
It wasn’t just Campbell who made a positive impact for the Pioneers. David Crockett head coach Kent Green couldn’t fault his team’s efforts, pleased how the players fought to the final gun.
“The kids had a lot of heart,” Green said. “I can’t ask for more of them than what I got tonight. We were outmanned, but we never gave up,”
However, it was a night which belonged to Science Hill as neither McGue nor Hayes missed a beat at the quarterback position. After Crockett’s lone touchdown, the Hilltoppers responded with an eight-play drive for 53 yards as Jamal Stephens scored with nine seconds left for a 42-7 halftime lead.
Ten different players had catches for Science Hill including Adams, who had one rushing and one receiving touchdown. Hank Overbay and O’Ryen Scott each had touchdown catches, while lineman Anthony Head lined up at fullback and bulled ahead four yards on a touchdown run.
McGue, the talented freshman, accounted for both touchdowns in the second half. He took a 5-yard swing pass from Hayes early in the third quarter and soon after added a four-yard touchdown run up the middle.
Overall, the Hilltoppers outgained Crockett 468-133 in total offense and had a 21-9 advantage in first downs.
“I think we’re getting ready to turn,” Carter said. “We feel like we still have some work to do because we don’t want to be a good team, we want to be a great team. There are some things we have to do to get there, but we’re getting better each week.”
With the starters out for the second half, McGue ended up the leading rusher with 76 yards and Chance Pierce totaled 63 yards. Among the leading receivers, Tab Britton had three catches for 39 yards and Adams added two catches for 48 yards.
Science Hill has an open date next Friday night, while Crockett will look to get its first win of the season at South Greene.