Hill overpowers Serra Catholic, 56-6
CUMBERLAND — Unbeaten Fort Hill scored early, often and got little resistance from Serra Catholic, rolling to a 56-6 victory in high school football Saturday afternoon at Greenway Avenue Stadium.
The win improved the Sentinels’ record to 6-0 and extended their area record winning streak to 31 games. Serra Catholic, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, fell to 4-3.
Fort Hill, in its first game in 15 days because of a forfeit by Westinghouse last Friday, led 14-0 after one quarter and four second-quarter touchdowns made it a commanding 42-0 advantage at halftime.
Brayden Poling and Tyreke Powell scored two touchdowns and Logan Johnson had two touchdown passes for the Sentinels.
Poling ran five times for 60 yards with one reception for 75, all in the first half. Powell ran three times for 47 yards and Johnson completed 3 of 5 passes for 102 yards.
Malik Edmundson had two catches for 102 yards for Serra Catholic, which had 187 passing yards but only 40 rushing on 23 tries.
The Sentinels had 42 points in the first half despite running only 24 offensive plays. They scored touchdowns on six of their seven possessions, with Blake Beal reaching the end zone first on a 19-yard run four minutes into the game.
A 40-yard punt return by Anthony Smith set up the next touchdown, an 11-yard run by Poling, with 2:32 remaining in the period.
The Sentinels scored three touchdowns in the first 3:25 of the second quarter.
Johnson hooked up with Poling on a 75-yard pass play at the 11:37 mark, Powell capped a three-play drive with a 28-yard TD run at 10:07, and Johnson hit Smith with a 25-yard touchdown pass that made it 35-0 with 8:35 left in the half. The TD pass was set up by an interception and 43-yard return by Jadon Hoover.
The fourth touchdown of the quarter was a 14-yard run by Troy Banks with 4:31 on the clock.
Hoover grabbed a short second-half kickoff and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown that moved the lead to 49-0.
The Eagles averted the shutout when Patrick Brennan hit Jaquae Jackson with a 72-yard strike, making it 49-6 late in the third quarter.
Powell got his second touchdown of the day on an 18-yard run midway through the fourth quarter for Fort Hill.
Ryan Hipp kicked six extra points and is 34 for 34 for the season.
Fort Hill will host Melbourne Central of Melbourne, Florida, on Saturday at 7 p.m.