Hillcrest overpowers Hueytown
Sat. September 22, 2012 at 12:54 a.m. | By Daniel Byars
HUEYTOWN | Defensive lineman Tre’ Alford scored on a 19-yard fumble return Friday night, and the Hillcrest Patriots forced five turnovers in a 30-16 victory over Hueytown in a Class 6A, Region 5 game.
“I saw the ball and green grass in front of me,” said Alford, who scored the defensive touchdown with 7:41 left in the first half. “I always think about a fumble or an interception as a defensive lineman.”
Hillcrest set the pace by giving the Hueytown offense problems in the first half and winning the turnover battle. Quarterback Riley Nix completed 15 of 25 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns.
“Our defense is amazing,” Nix said. “Without them we can’t do what we do. Our defense opened the door for us on offense.”
Nix threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Campbell on a fourth-and-seven play. The touchdown came with 23.5 seconds before halftime.
Coach Scott Martin said he was happy with the way the defense played and with the way the offense executed.
“Its a big win,” said Martin, whose team improved to 2-2 overall, 2-1 in the region. “You’ve got to beat four of the teams in our region and get to our goal, the playoffs.”
Hueytown quarterback Robert Johnson completed 13 of 30 passes for 140 yards. He threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Michael Simpson early in the fourth quarter.
Hueytown had 206 yards rushing, 126 in the second half. Both of Hueytown’s touchdowns came in the fourth quarter.
“It’s a big part of our team’s philosophy to win the turnover margin,” said Hueytown coach Matt Scott. “We’ve done a good job of that in the past, but obviously not tonight.”
Hillcrest plays at home next Friday, facing Paul W. Bryant.