Though it isn’t how he always dreamed, Hillcrest senior Eric Savage doesn’t mind sharing snaps at quarterback.
Along with junior Haden Parton, the Hornets have offensive leaders with polar opposite styles under center.
“It’s definitely not what I imagined for my senior year, but I can’t complain,” Savage said. “It’s a good yin-yang. Teams know when I’m going in that I’m going to run it.”
Savage ran all over Parkview as Hillcrest held off the Vikings, 31-24, Thursday night at home to end its recent skid in an Ozark Conference matchup.
The win put an end to Hillcrest’s (3-4) recent skid. A pair of blistering blowout losses of 36 and 48 points, respectively, came prior with Savage sitting to injury. Meanwhile, Parkview (2-5) dropped its third straight.
Savage rushed for 202 total yards — 124 in a dominant second half, and two touchdowns. Hillcrest rushed for 280 yards.
“Our offensive line was amazing and our fullbacks were opening up holes all night,” Savage said. “It was a great team win.”
Parton, the team’s passing QB, went 11-for-16 for 148 yards, most of which came in the first half. Sanchez didn’t make a throw.
“We knew the second half would be two hands on the ball and run the clock,” Savage said. “They knew we were going to run it, and we were still able to get out there and do it.”
The Vikings, too, ran a pair of quarterbacks onto the field. Freshman Trevor Boice passed for 54 yards and a touchdown on 2-for-5 passing. Mario Sanchez rushed for 47 yards on nine carries. Sanchez didn’t attempt any passes.
Hillcrest struck first with an efficient eight-play drive, capped by a 1-yard plunge from Parton.
The Hornets stretched the lead to 19-8 with a deep connection from Parton to Brock Roggow. Roggow leaped just inside the goal line and plucked the 32-yard touchdown reception away from his defender.
The Vikings were unable to complete a pass in the opening half. Meanwhile, Parton completed 9-of-12 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown before the break.
Parkview tallied 111 first-half rushing yards, highlighted by Jevin Huddleston’s first rushing touchdown of the season. Huddleston darted 22 yards for the score on a misdirection play.
Huddleston caught an uncovered touchdown pass from the left slot in fourth quarter, a 32-yard pass from Boice.
Boice went 2-for-5 passing for 54 yards and a touchdown. Tailback Blake Delacruz rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries.
Malachi Beckham added a touchdown on the ground for the Hornets. Junior Josh Powell gathered 158 all-purpose yards—105 came in the first half.
Savage said the quarterback rotary works for the Hornets, and attributes that to the chemistry.
“When one of us is struggling, the other guy comes in and makes plays,” he said. “We have a good time with it, we’re great friends.”
Parkview (2-5) 0 8 8 8-24
Hillcrest (3-4) 7 12 6 6-31
Hillcrest 8:20 — Haden Parton 1 run (Eric Savage kick), 7-0
Parkview 11:29 — Jevin Huddleston 22 run (Blake Delacruz run), 8-7
Hillcrest 9:28 — Malachi Beckham 2 run (pass failed), 13-8
Hillcrest 6:00 — Brock Roggow 32 pass from Parton (run failed), 19-8
Hillcrest 4:17 — Eric Savage 5 run (run failed), 25-8
Parkview 1:08 — Delacruz 14 run (Delacruz run), 25-16
Hillcrest 9:11 — Savage 12 run (run failed), 31-16
Parkview 4:42 — Huddleston 32 pass from Trevor Boice (Delacruz run), 31-24