Hillcrest Football is making a name in the area for big yardage and big wins. Following a four hour bus ride to Carlton, MN, the Comets traveled home with a meager 170 yards of offense in their 42-6 victory.
Hillcrest's multifaceted offensive attack was able to sit back and watch the defense dismantle Carlton. Providing excellent field position and some exciting turnovers, the offense saw a night of short yardage scores.
An early interception by Junior Sam Isaac provided Hillcrest excellent field position with 9 minutes left in the opening quarter. Sitting at the ten yard line, Comet quarterback Sean McGuire rewarded Isaac for his defensive work with a smooth ten yard touchdown look. As Jordan Foss walked-on the field he prepared for the first of what would be six consecutive extra-points for the kicker. Exchanging defensive stands throughout the opening period, The Comets emerged with a 24 yard score from McGuire, who found Senior Chris Tungseth with 3:52 in the the first quarter. Moments later, as the Comets were entering the second quarter with a fresh possession, they scored off a one-yard run from Kyler Newman. The Comets entered half-time with 21-0 lead.
In an effort to jump-start their offense, Carlton bunted an onside kick to start the second half. A gentle pick-up by Chris Tungseth was quickly turned into a dart up the sidelines. With Carlton Bulldogs hanging on his back, Tungseth trudged to the four yard line before his legs finally collapsed. On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Tungseth completed his run, taking the ball across the goal line and giving Hillcrest a 27-0 lead after Foss booted another extra point. Foss followed his PAT by pinning Carlton in their own territory with the kick-off. The Bulldogs started a march to score, but were disappointed after Sophomore Trey Bosek hunted down a pass from the Bulldog quarterback. Turning up-field, Bosek lost track of the ball and watched his fumble find the hands of Tungseth, who sprinted 45 yards and to give the Comets a 35-0 lead with 5:38 in the third quarter. Moments later the Comet defense quickly turned the tables again on the Carlton offense, giving McGuire the ball under center. A few short plays later McGuire found Bosek for a 20 yard pass two minutes before the quarter ended. The pass marked the end of the Comet's scoring, giving them 42 points before the fourth quarter, where the reserves took over.
Carlton held the Comet offense to 58 yards rushing, which wasn't much of a factor considering the Comet defense did most of the heavy lifting. McGuire was on point again for the Comets, completing 8 out of his 12 passes for 111 yards. Tungseth hauled in four of McGuire's 8 completions, carrying the football 64 yards after the catch. Kyler Newman led the Comets' rushing attack with 32 yards on 10 carries.
Hillcrest continues their road trip to Bertha, MN where they will face Bertha-Hewitt in a 7pm match, working to continue their undefeated streak and enter homecoming week 5-0.