David Martin and Brandon Leaks combined for four touchdowns to lead Hillcrest to a 35-21 victory against Riverside on Friday night.
“I was pleased to see our team overcome adversity early in the game,” said Hillcrest coach Greg Porter. “It was obvious that Riverside came to play.”
Hillcrest (2-2) scored on its opening drive when Leaks took a simple trap play for a 64-yard touchdown. Leaks, a two-way player, chalked up 88 yards rushing and intercepted a pass.
Riverside (1-3) responded with an 8-minute, 80-yard drive. Quarterback Greg Pollastrini directed the Warriors’ option-oriented offense and capped it with a 1-yard touchdown run.
The Rams wasted little time to return Riverside’s counter punch. Leaks returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.
However, the Warriors showed resolve. Lamoris Stoddard’s 2-yard rushing touchdown capped off a 71-yard drive.
After each offense endured a quiet possession, the Rams’ Martin scampered for a 64-yard touchdown to increase Hillcrest’s lead to 21-14. The Rams never looked back.
Quarterback Ki-jana Madden and Martin scored rushing touchdowns in the second half. Martin finished with 153 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
“Hillcrest has a lot of speed,” said Riverside coach Steve Euote. “Speed kills, and we don’t have that type of speed.”
Riverside tacked on a late touchdown as quarterback T.J. Gurn passed to Pollastrini for a 21-yard touchdown. Pollastrini finished with more than 170 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
“I liked the way our players kept fighting back, and it put us in the position to win the game,” said Porter.
The Rams now travel to Greenwood, while the Warriors host Spartanburg.