Hillcrest coach Greg Porter, quarterback Collin Sneed and the rest of the Rams knew they had something to prove Friday at The Reservation against Riverside.
“We had an opportunity to see how we would bounce back after the Dorman game,” Porter said after Hillcrest’s 44-3 victory. “I’m proud of our kids responding.
“We focus on playing with a lot of effort and letting the chips fall where they may.”
The previous week, Dorman scored with less than four minutes remaining and held on for a 22-19 victory over Hillcrest.
“We played well against Dorman,” said Sneed. “It didn’t turn out like we wanted it to, but we bounced back. We wanted to show the whole community that we are here and we are better. We are not the old Hillcrest.”
Sneed, a sophomore, passed for four touchdowns in the win against Riverside, giving him 14 this season. Four games into his first year as the tarter, Sneed has more touchdown passes in a season than any Hillcrest quarterback since 1996.
Sneed, who passed for 243 yards in the first half, had touchdown throws to Ki-jana Madden and Kevin Eichelberger to give the Rams a 13-3 lead.
Sneed passed to both wideouts in the flats. Madden ran down the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown, and Eichleberger weaved his way through Riverside defenders for a 28-yard touchdown.
Hillcrest had six sacks. Defensive back Jaleen Scott had two, and Rodderick Stoddard, Niejel Kilgore, Kenneth Russell and J.D. Ballenger each had one. The Rams allowed a total of 86 yards, including zero rushing.
Landon Sayegh’s fumble recovery and Kadarius Leake’s blocked punt provided sparks for the Rams.
“I’m really proud of the community for coming out and supporting us,” Porter said. “We love seeing everybody out here, and we want them to enjoy the journey that we are on.”