The seventh-ranked Hawks (5-0, 3-0 Region 4AAAAAA) outgained the Falcons 276-15 in the first half, allowed only one first down on defense and took a 28-0 lead into halftime.
“Our defense played well and got some turnovers,” Hillgrove coach Phil Ironside said. “They gave our offense a short field to work with, but Pebblebrook played hard and didn’t quit. This was one of those games that you have to grind through, and we did that (Friday).”
A 16-yard touchdown pass on a slant route from Elijah Ironside to Omar Black with 6 minutes left in the first quarter gave the Hawks an early 7-0 lead.
Ironside and Black hooked up for their second score of the evening, this one on a 47-yard bubble screen, increasing the lead to 14-0 midway through the first quarter.
Pebblebrook (2-4, 0-4) finished the first quarter with no first downs.
The Hawks continued the offensive onslaught when Richardre Bagley scored a 75-yard rushing touchdown down the left sideline to make the score 21-0 in Hillgrove’s favor midway through the second quarter.
Bagley finished the night with a game-high 190 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The second quarter featured a unique sequence with interceptions thrown on three straight possessions between the two teams. Linebacker Tyler Young and defensive back Devin Knight got the picks for Hillgrove, as did Pebblebrook’s Jarrett Sharp.
Hillgrove’s final score of the first half came on Ironside’s third TD pass of the game, this one on a 13-yard toss to Zach Katz.
In addition to the three touchdowns, Ironside passed for 116 yards in the victory. One week after throwing for seven touchdowns in a win over Campbell, the senior now has a county-best 18 touchdown passes in five games.
Pebblebrook attempted to mount a comeback in the second half and outscored Hillgrove 21-7.
The Falcons’ scores came on a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dezmon Huntley, a 52-yard TD catch by Justin Simms and a 19-yard touchdown reception by Jarvis Ruff.
Huntley had a game-high 120 yards passing in the loss.
“We stopped making mistakes in the second half and showed we have a good football team,” Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon said. “We have to work hard on both sides of the ball, especially on offense, to put our defense in better positions and score some points. We also can’t give up 35 points in a game. That’s too many.”
Hillgrove finished the contest with 331 total yards of offense.
“We’re at the halfway mark undefeated, which is good,” Phil Ironside said. “We’re still healthy, kids are playing good and we’re excited about our start.”