KILGORE — Konnor Hitchcock threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns, leading Chapel Hill to a 38-21 victory over Kilgore on Friday night at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in a District 9-4A Division I showdown.
With the victory, Chapel Hill remained unbeaten in the district race (3-0) with a game next week against Henderson. The Bulldogs improved to 5-3 for the season.
The loss dropped Kilgore to 2-6 overall and 1-2 in district play.
Hitchcock’s scoring strikes covered 9 and 18 yards to DeUndre Phillips and Zach Walters, respectively. He finished the evening’s work completing 12 of 15 passes.
Chapel Hill gained 229 yards on the ground led by Michael Bledsoe’s 154 on just 10 carries.
Reggie King scored on runs of 5 and 4 yards and Delenis Garrett added a 4-yard run of his own.
The visiting Bulldogs outgained Kilgore 439 to 416 in total yardage.
JacQuorius Smith led Kilgore in rushing with 98 yards on 15 carries. He scored one of Kilgore’s three touchdowns on a 6-yard scamper. University of Houston commit Kevrin Justice added 67 yards to the total and scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards.
Kilgore quarterback William Colbert, making his first varsity start for an injured Xaviar Gaona, was 11 of 21 passing for 227 yards.
Chapel Hill used a couple of short scoring runs of 5 and 4 yards by King and Garrett, respectively, along with a long, quick-scoring drive at the end of the first half to lead 24-14 at the break.
After fumbling its first possession of the contest, Chapel Hill put together a 78-yard scoring march with King going in from 5-yards out with 8:54 left in the first quarter. Austyn Fendrick, who kicked a 26-yard field goal in the second period, converted his first of five extra points.
Smith’s scoring run with just a minute remaining in the second quarter pulled Kilgore to within three of Chapel Hill, but the visiting Bulldogs responded with a 3-play, 79-yard march for a touchdown, coming on Hitchcock’s 9-yard completion to Phillips.
Penalties hurt any hopes of a Kilgore comeback bid as did a fumble inside Chapel Hill’s 10-yard line in the second half and a fumble following a 53-yard kickoff return to start the third period by Caylon Williams.
Kilgore was penalized 11 times for 70 yards.
Next week, Kilgore visits Brownsboro and Chapel Hill travels to Henderson.
Chapel Hill 38, Kilgore 21
At R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, Kilgore
Chapel Hill 14 10 7 7 — 38
Kilgore 7 7 7 0 — 21