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Trophy and Team

Hillcrest wins first football state championship

12/07/2014, 1:15am EST
By Marc Dopher

The Rams overwhelm Dutch Fork in 4A Divsion 1 state title game

COLUMBIA, S.C. —The Hillcrest Rams didn't get the start they wanted in their first ever state championship football game.

Dutch Fork took a 3-0 lead after kicking a field goal on their opening possession. Then the Silver Foxes turned defense into offense, intercepting a Hillcrest pass and returning it for a touchdown to take a 10-0 lead.

Hillcrest rallied in the second behind the play of quarterback Collin Sneed.  Sneed opened the scoring for the Rams by throwing a 79 yard touchdown pass to Brian Sturgeon. The Rams cutting the Dutch Fork lead to 10-6 early in the second quarter.

Dutch Fork continued to apply pressure on the Hillcrest defense. The Silver Foxes opened up a 17-6 lead before J.D. Ballenger rumbled 69 yards for a touchdown to cut the Foxes lead to 17-12.

Dutch Fork's next drive helped Hillcrest take their first lead of the game. Marco Westfield intercepted a Silver Fox pass and returned it for a touchdown to put Hillcrest in front 19-17 at the half.

Hillcrest pushed their lead to 26-17 after scoring on their opening drive of the 3rd quarter. Sneed hooked up with Grant Lawter on a 29 yard pass play to give the Rams a two score lead. They increased that lead with a punt return for a touchdown. Two quick third quarter scores put Hillcrest up 33-17 on Dutch Fork.

The Rams continued to press the issue in the fourth quarter. Ballenger's second touchdown of the game increased the Hillcrest advantage to 40-17. Thomas Sullivan added a nine yard touchdown run to give the Rams a 40-point lead late in the fourth quarter.

The Hillcrest Rams beat Dutch Fork 47-17 to capture the 2014 4A Division 1 State Championship. A year after winning the first region title in school history, the Rams added the first football state championship in the history of Hillcrest High School.



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Championship Shower!

Hillcrest routs Dutch Fork, claims first state title

12/07/2014, 12:45am EST
By Bob Castello

COLUMBIA – Hillcrest wasn't about to let a 10-0 deficit get in the way. These Rams had come too far.

These were not the Rams of the past. These were the Rams of the past two years, the Rams who expected more of themselves.

So when Collin Sneed threw a pick six to give Dutch Fork a 10-0 lead, well, that just wasn't good enough.

"It was upsetting, because I knew we could play better than that," Sneed said. "So I just needed to come to the sidelines, talk to our coaches, get level-headed and start playing football like we usually do, and that's what you saw. We came out there, our defense stopped them the next three quarters, our offense got on a roll and we couldn't be stopped."

And Hillcrest (14-1), which had won exactly two playoff games in its first 56 seasons, won its first state championship in its 57th. The Rams routed defending champion Dutch Fork 47-17 Saturday night in the Class AAAA Division state final at Williams-Brice Stadium.

"I've been wanting this all my life, ever since rec league," senior defensive back Marco Westfield said. "I played with everybody growing up. I'm happy, man. I'm speechless."

"Unbelievable, unbelievable," said Hillcrest coach Greg Porter. "Words can't even express how big this is, not only for our program and our community, but for Greenville County football.

"We live in a county where football is not really pushed that hard in so many ways, and tonight we were able to overcome a lot of stereotypes and myths to say that we can win a state championship, but you're going to have to work."

The Rams had to work from behind, and Sneed's 79-yard touchdown pass to Brian Spurgeon on the first play of the second quarter provided a good start.

"They were playing man, and they really weren't respecting me, so we went deep and me and Collin made a play," Spurgeon said.

The point-after kick was blocked, and it was 10-6.

Stephen Davis scored on a 45-yard run to give Dutch Fork a 17-6 lead. That was the last scoring play for the Silver Foxes (12-3).

J.D. Ballenger bolted 67 yards for a touchdown, and even though Sneed's two-point conversion pass failed, the Rams were within 17-12.

Then, on Dutch Fork's next possession, Westfield picked off a pass and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown, and the Rams had the lead for good.

"I couldn't believe it," Westfield said. "When it dropped in my hands, I just saw a touchdown. I had to go. I knew I was going to score."

That was the last play of the game for Silver Foxes quarterback Tate Fant, who had been injured earlier but had returned. Dutch Fork coach Tom Knotts said he assumed Fant had suffered a concussion.

"We just floundered around with two backup quarterbacks," Knotts said. "We could never run the ball, which is our forte."

"I hate to use the analogy of animal smelling blood, but I think we started attacking a little more, because we knew they became one-dimensional," said Porter.

Meanwhile, the Hillcrest offense excelled, scoring in the third quarter on Sneed's 23-yard pass to Grant Lawtor, Spurgeon's 45-yard punt return and Ballenger's 3-yard run. Thomas Sullivan added a 9-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

"The wheels came off and it kept getting worse," Knotts said. "The guys didn't really take them seriously till it was too late. I told you they were a great football team."

"Ever since January of last year, we've been working toward this goal of getting here," said Sneed. "We've been talking about playing in Willie B on Dec. 6, so it feels unreal."

They didn't just play in Willie B. That wouldn't have been good enough. They became champions here.

Beck Academy
Amy Downey; Scott Thompson
901 Woodruff Road
Greenville  29607
(864) 355-1400
Fax: (864) 355-1490
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Berea
Elizabeth Harris
151 Berea Middle School Rd
Greenville  29617
(864) 355-1700
Fax: (864) 355-1777
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Blue Ridge
Kathie Smith
2423 E. Tyger Bridge Rd.
Greer  29651
(864) 355-1900
Fax: (864) 355-1966
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Bryson
Scott Stevens
3657 South Industrial Dr.
Simpsonville  29681
(864) 355-2100
Fax: (864) 355-2194
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Greenville Academy
David Roach
339 Lowndes Avenue
Greenville 29607
(864) 355-5600
Fax: (864) 355-5682
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Greer
Nanette Davis
3032 E. Gap Creek Rd.
Greer  29651
(864) 355-5800
Fax: (864) 355-5880
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Hillcrest
Janet Kirby
510 Garrison Rd.
Simpsonville  29681
(864) 355-6100
Fax: (864) 355-6120
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Hughes Academy
Kevin Morgan ; Jeff McCoy
122 DeOyley Ave.
Greenville  29605
(864) 355-6200
Fax: (864) 355-6275
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Lakeview
Bo Lansche
3801 Old Buncombe Road
Greenville  29617
(864) 355-6400
Fax: (864) 355-6416
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League Academy
Gary McCartney
125 Twin Lake Dr.
Greenville  29609
(864) 355-8100
Fax: (864) 355-8160
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Mauldin
Stewart Mathis
1190 Holland Rd.
Simpsonville  29681
(864) 355-6770
Fax: (864) 355-6988
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Northwest
Tariq Caudle
1606 Geer Hwy.
Travelers Rest 29690
(864) 355-6900
Fax: (864) 355-6920
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Northwood
Chris McCarrell
710 Ike's Rd.
Taylors  29687
(864) 355-7000
Fax: (864) 355-7077
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Ralph Chandler
Josh Albin
4231 Fork Shoals Road
Simpsonville 29680
(864) 452-0300
Fax: (864) 452-0365
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Riverside
Brad Dill
615 Hammett Bridge Rd.
Greer  29650
(864) 355-7900
Fax: (864) 355-7918
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Sevier
Cheryl Cruell
1000 Piedmont Park Road
Greenville  29609
(864) 355-8200
Fax: (864) 355-8255
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Tanglewood
David Evette
44 Merriwoods Dr.
Greenville  29611
(864) 355-4500
Fax: (864) 355-4512
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Woodmont
Milton Parks
325 North Flat Rock Road 
Piedmont 29673
(864) 355-8500
Fax: (864) 355-8587
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