The Hoyas most recently played in the highest class in 2015.
Harrison dominated Hillgrove with a running game that accounted for 407 yards and five touchdowns on 56 carries and led to an advantage in time of possession of more than 10 minutes. Jared Montour rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and Jay Ziglor had 98 yards on 16 carries and scored three times on 6-yard runs. In all, 12 players had at least one carry for the Hoyas, and five of them finished with at least 42 yards rushing.
The Hoyas took control on their second possession, driving 84 yards in 10 plays for a 7-0 lead on Ziglor’s first touchdown run. The key play was a 22-yard run by Marques Owens on a fake punt that gave the Hoyas a first down at the Hillgrove 31.
Harrison increased the lead to 14-0 on a 46-yard touchdown run by Ed Lynch midway through the second quarter, then put the game away with touchdowns on their first three possessions of the second half.
Hillgrove, playing its 164th game since opening in 2006, was shut out for the first time in school history. The Hawks’ best scoring opportunity came midway through the third quarter after Montour’s 1-yard touchdown run had given Harrison a 21-0 lead. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Cayden Lee took a slant pass from Chase McCravy and went 75 yards for a first-and-goal at the Harrison 5. Two running plays and an incomplete pass yielded no yardage, and a mishandled halfback pass resulted in a turnover on downs. HIllgrove got no closer to the end zone than the Harrison 28 on its other eight possessions.
Hillgrove finished with 101 yards rushing and 242 total yards. T.J. Thomas had 85 rushing yards on 22 carries, and more than half of the team’s 141 passing yards came on the long pass to Lee.
“Our defense has really played well all year,” Dickmann said. “We had a lot more experience there, and we knew at the beginning of the year that we were going to have to have the offense catch up. And that showed by the way we turned the ball over and kept shooting ourselves in the foot. … Definitely defense is our strong point, but it’s just nice to see that the offense these last four games has really come to play some football.”
Hillgrove - 0-0-0-0 - 0
Harrison - 7-7-14-7 - 35
Har. - Jay Ziglor 6 run (Christian Lowery kick), 0:37
Har. - Ed Lynch 46 run (Lowery kick), 6:51
Har. - Jared Montour 1 run (Lowery kick), 7:06
Har. - Ziglor 6 run (Lowery kick), 0:31
Har. - Ziglor 6 run (Lowery kick), 9:06