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Hilltoppers spoil Volunteer Senior Night

Volunteer's Conner Trent (73) blocks for Casey Price. Photo by Bobby Vaughn
Published: 9:34 AM, 10/26/2012 Last updated: 9:45 AM, 10/26/2012

Author: Jimmy Moore

CHURCH HILL - Science Hill quarterback Reed Hayes had a hand in five of the Hilltoppers' seven touchdowns here Friday night, three passing and two rushing, to lead the Toppers to a 49-7 Big Eight Conference victory over Volunteer. 

The win spoiled Volunteer's Senior Night and was the 16th straight over the Falcons (3-5, 2-3), who have never beaten Science Hill (8-0, 5-0). 

The Hilltoppers are currently tied in the Big Eight Conference race with Dobyns-Bennett. 

The Toppers scored on four of their first five possessions to grab a 28-7 lead at the half and tacked on three more touchdowns in the second half to seal the victory. 

The Hilltoppers had averaged 45 points in their last three meetings with the Falcons. 

Science Hill head coach Stacy Carter said he has a number of players that want to continue to work and get better and that Hayes ability to read the defense on the option of his quarterback. "We also have backs that can run and receivers that can catch the ball and do stuff with it."

The two teams traded punts before Hayes, who led the visitors' rushing attack with 86 yards on six carries, ripped off a 50-yard run to give the Hilltoppers an early 7-0 advantage. 

The visitors followed with a 45-yard drive in nine plays, the six-pointer coming on a Hayes to Tre Webster touchdown pass from the one yard line to extend the lead to 14-0. 

Following the Hilltoppers' second touchdown, Volunteer would answer with a 60-yard, six-play scoring drive. 

Robbie Ramsey ripped off a 10 yard run in the Falcons' 'Super Jumbo' package and five plays later, Hunter Lawson bulled his way in from 12 yards out and booted the PAT to trim the lead to 14-7. 

But Hayes had a quick answer for the visitors, connecting with Jordan Olsen on a seven-yard touchdown pass and scooting 13 yards at the 2:55 mark of the second quarter and suddenly the lead was 28-7. 

The visitors had one more chance before intermission when Aaron Adams recovered a fumble at the Falcons' 29-yard-line and the Hilltoppers moved to the Falcons' 15 yard line before time expired. 

Jordan Olsen was on the receiving end of a pair of Hayes' touchdown passes in the second half and running back Will Adams, who rushed for 78 yards on 11 attempts in the contest, scored on a five yard run before Addison Adams capped the night's scoring with a nine yard run. 

Volunteer head coach Scott Rider said this year's Hilltoppers team was an outstanding football team, probably one of the better Science Hill football teams he had seen in a long time. 

"They have good size up front, a good quarterback and a slew of athletes to run it and to throw to," said Rider. "I was also really impressed with their defense. They are a quality football team but I was pleased with our effort but was obviously disappointed with the outcome," he said.

SIDELINE NOTE: Volunteer's public address announcer Roy Farne completed a milestone when he called the Falcons' final home game of the 2012 season. The game was his 150th straight game in the past 30 years without a miss. 

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