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Mathew Holding Eagle | Daily Journal

Spiral control: Hillcrest Comets quarterback Caden Fisher throws the long ball for a completion in Friday’s home game against Wheaton/Herman/Norcross.

The Hillcrest football team struggled to slow down a tough Wheaton Warriors team Friday as the Comets fell 44-6.

The Warriors would take control of the game in the first half as they scored two rushing touchdowns int he first quarter and added two passing touchdowns in the second quarter. After a Comets safety before the break, the Warriors went into halftime with a 30-0 lead.

Wheaton would add its fifth touchdown midway through the third quarter on a 7-yard pass.

The Comets would not wave the white flag as running back Abraham Burleigh sprinted for a 12-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 31 points in the fourth quarter. The Warriors would add one last touchdown on a 59-yard run.

“We had trouble keeping pace with Wheaton’s physical play tonight.  I thought we played ok defensively on their first drive but we fumbled the ensuing kickoff giving them good field position.  After they scored the second time we just couldn’t find our rhythm,” Comets head coach Derrick Clark said. “They have a lot of weapons on offense and we struggled to contain all of them.  Defensively they are a very physical team and we struggled to move the line of scrimmage.”

Burleigh would lead the Comets in rushing with 80 yards and touchdown on 18 carries. Anthony Panza would lead the charge on defense with 11 tackles and Zeke Irhke recorded an interception.

The Warriors outgained the Comets 357-116.

The Comets will now travel to take on the Bertha-Hewitt Bears at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.

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