FINAL: Hillcrest 23-13 McAdory
Hillcrest staying perfect on the season by outlasting McAdory in a game that came down to turnovers.
Hillcrest (4-0) showed the ability to move the ball early but had the games opening possession stall after multiple penalties set back the Patriots and forced a punt.
But Hillcrest didn't have to wait long to get a chance to redeem themselves after McAdory's (2-1) opening possession ended in a 3-and-out.
McAdory's punt resulted in the first big play of the game when Cagan Campbell returned the ball 65 yards all the way to the 1-yard-line to set up the first score of the game on a Cole Frederick QB sneak.
McAdory responded to the opening score with a drive that never saw the ball travel through the air. 13 running plays and 76 yards later, McAdory pushed the ball into the endzone on a off-tackle run from a yard out to even the school.
From there the game turned ugly McAdory, who after recovering a fumble looked to be in business again only gave the ball right back on a fumble of their own.
Hillcrest ended the drought of scoring midway through the 2 quarter thanks to a perfect Cole Frederick 33-yard TD pass to Cameron Smith to push the Patriots ahead 14-7.
McAdory didn't get a chance to respond dug after the kickoff was fumbled away, giving Hillcrest the ball with great field position.
Three plays later Hillcrest punched the ball into the endzone to go up 20-7 entering halftime.
McAdory opened the second half strong with a drive that slowly moved into the redzone, but a missed exchange on 1st and goal resulted in McAdory's third turnover of the game and second that killed a scoring opportunity.
The game turned into a defensive battle for much of the second half as each team struggled to move the ball.
Midway through the fourth, Hillcrest broke the standoff thanks to Fredrick to Beverly connection that took Hilcrest deep into McAdory territory.
Following the big play, McAdory's defense was able to stop Hillcrest's short of the endzone, forcing a FG try that pulled Hillcrest ahead 23-7.
Looking to make a comeback, McAdory drove quickly and drew the game closer thanks to a 20-yard TD strike from Malcolm Askew to make the score 23-13.
McAdory's ensuing onside kick attempt landed in the hands of Hillcrest, ending the hopes of a comeback.