Isaiah Lewis had 138 yards rushing and 77 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns as Hillcrest defeated Woodmont 27-14 on Friday at Whitt Memorial Field to secure the first 10-win season in program history.
“Woodmont played with purpose tonight,” Rams coach Greg Porter said. “They played us until the end.”
“This is a rivalry game,” Wildcats coach Jason Farmer said. “You can throw records out the door. They played hard and we played hard.
“I’m proud of the way my kids played.”
Hillcrest (10-1), ranked No. 8 in Class AAAA, scored on its second drive. Lewis capped off a 42-yard drive with a 5-yard run, but the point-after attempt failed.
The Wildcats (4-7) scored after Hillcrest lost a fumble for the second time. Stacy Johnson broke off a 25-yard run to start the drive. On the next play, Jonathon Sims passed to Raquan Burris for a 36-yard touchdown.
Woodmont fumbled at its 30 on its next drive. Hillcrest recovered, and few plays later, Wen Taylor passed 14 yards into the end zone, and Lewis leaped over a defender to give Hillcrest a 13-7 lead at the half.
Neither team was able to score in the third quarter.
With 10 mintues left in the fourth quarter, Woodmont punter Tanner Kohn pinned Hillcrest inside its 1-yard line.
Two plays later, Lewis took the snap out of the Wildcat formation and breezed around the right side and down the sidelines 95 yards for a touchdown.
“I just had to make a big play for my team, “Lewis said. “The line did a great job blocking and opening up a hole.”
Woodmont’s Jawanza Adams scored on a 16-yard run to bring the Wildcats to six points behind.
However, Kevin Eichelberger made an outstanding 21-yard touchdown catch with 3:08 left to seal the Rams’ victory.
Hillcrest’s Seth Nichols blocked one punt and partially blocked two others.