Sentinels steal a 19-7 victory over Hollidaysburg
Smith returns two interceptions for scores, King boots 2 field goals
CUMBERLAND — Fort Hill ran for 260 yards in a 19-7 win over visiting 5A Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Friday evening, but surprisingly it wasn’t the Sentinel offense that led to the victory.
The Fort Hill defense limited the Golden Tigers (2-2) to 170 yards in total offense and defensive back Anthony Smith returned two interceptions for touchdowns for the only two trips to the end zone for the hosts all night.
Danny King also connected on field goals of 40 and 29 yards to seal the final at 19-7 for the undefeated Sentinels.
“Our kids never quit and our defense was tired,” said Fort Hill coach Todd Appel. “They were on the field a good bit of the time, but they were resilient and they kept on playing.”
Hollidaysburg made things interesting in the fourth quarter when Brady Walters tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Gus Dellinger to narrow the gap to 13-7.
On the ensuing possession, Fort Hill returned the kickoff 39 yards and was aided by a personal foul penalty that set the Sentinels up inside Tiger territory. On second and three, Hollidaysburg forced a fumble and recovered the ball deep in its own end. Three plays later, however, Smith stepped in front of Walters’ pass and returned it for the game-sealing score.
Along with his two interceptions, Smith also recovered a fumble. Braeden Askins led the Fort Hill offense with 159 yards on eight carries, while Carter Swan added 60 yards on 17 attempts. The Sentinels scored twice in the first half but left plenty of points on the field due to costly penalties.
“I think we had four or five plays for touchdowns called back this evening,” Appel said. “They proved tonight no matter what the circumstances that they can fight back. Tonight was a great win for Fort Hill High School.”
King easily knocked home a 40-yard field goal early in the second and Smith’s first touchdown came midway through the second for a 10-0 cushion.
It could have been more in favor of the Sentinels but two punt returns for touchdowns were called back because of illegal blocks in the second quarter. Smith took the first punt back 49 yards to the end zone, while Askins returned the second punt 55 yards for the score. However, both were called back.
In the fourth, Smith booted a 29-yard field goal and Smith sealed it with his second interception. The Sentinels totaled 113 yards on 11 penalties.
Walters led Hollidaysburg with 121 yards passing on 9 of 20 attempts with the two interceptions. He was also sacked four times. Jacob Sensenig caught four passes for 68 yards.
Fort Hill (3-0) hosts Capital Christian on Saturday.