Last season, Hillcrest hosted a Class 4A second-round playoff game and led 21-0 in the first quarter before ultimately falling to Sumter 31-28.
On Friday night, Hillcrest against built a 21-0, first-quarter lead at home in the second round of the playoffs.
They made sure that was the end of the coincidences.
Hillcrest tallied 600 yards of offense by the end of the third quarter and rolled to a 52-14 win against Lexington.
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“Unbelievable feeling,” Rams coach Greg Porter said.
The victory means another new script for Hillcrest (12-1) as they travel to Fort Dorchester (11-2) next Friday with a spot in the state championship game on the line.
The tone was set on the first drives for both teams. Hillcrest opened with its no-huddle, fast-paced attack, and Quintavis Ballenger capped the 13-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown.
Lexington’s drive ended after an interception on the third play. The Wildcats’ three drives in the first quarter each lasted three plays and each ended in turnovers.
Collin Sneed threw an 8-yard touchdown to Quintyn Reeder on Hillcrest’s second possession. On 3rd-and-6 on its next possession, Sneed pulled off a 47-yard touchdown run to give Hillcrest that familiar 21-0 lead after one quarter.
But the Rams didn’t let up.
On the third play of the second quarter, Sneed hit Brian Spurgeon in stride for a 74-yard touchdown. The next possession ended on a 1-yard touchdown by J.D. Ballenger.
Marshall Perkins hit a season-long 34-yard field goal to stake Hillcrest to a 38-0 lead.