Eleven quarters and counting. That's how long it's been since somebody, anybody, has scored against the Hillcrest Huskies.
Yes, Virginia, Hillcrest is for real.The latest victim was Brighton, a team the Huskies dispatched 18-0 during their homecoming Friday night. It was not a dominating performance offensively for Hillcrest, but as has been the case all season, the Huskie's defense set up two big scores. Hillcrest has scored five TDs defensively already this season.
It took a big offensive play by Hillcrest to finally break a scoreless tie. As the first quarter ended, Husky quarterback Shawn Kojima dashed 39 yards to the Hillcrest 45, then completed a 51-yard pass to Greg Black at the Brighton 6. But the Bengals held defensively, forcing Matt Searle to kick a 22-yard field goal that gave the hosts a 3-0 halftime lead. Neither team could get much going on the wet Hillcrest field.
That changed once the Huskies received the second-half kickoff. Needing a strong drive to keep their momentum, Hillcrest marched 73 yards in 16 plays, eating up 6 1/2 minutes, and Kojima tossed a nifty 2-yard pass to Judd Lyon in the back corner of the endzone to make it 9-0. A two-point conversion attempt failed.
Hillcrest's defense set up the next score. Blake Hansen caused a fumble on a lateral at the Brighton 37, with Josh Savage recovering the ball. It was the second time in the game that the two defensive stalwarts had caused a Bengal turnover. This time, Kojima took quick advantage, throwing for 35 yards to Mike Christensen, then handing to Grant Smith, who scored from the two. The conversion run failed again, but Hillcrest was up 15-0. Brighton never threatened after that.
The Huskies' final score came after a 12-play, 50-yard drive that culminated with Searle's 27-yard field goal with 6:07 left. Hillcrest was so dominating on defense in the second half that Brighton ran only 16 offensive plays, gaining only 16 yards and one first down. Hillcrest amassed 302 yards total offense and held Brighton to just 109 yards in offense.