It's official: Hillsdale High is one of the elite teams in the Peninsula Athletic League, and certainly the class of the PAL Ocean Division. Woodside? Still snake-bitten, possibly by real snakes.
For the fifth week in a row Woodside couldn't find enough answers to break into the win column, dropping a league opener to Hillsdale, 49-0. The Wildcats suffered three interceptions, lost two fumbles, and suffered a safety. By the fourth quarter both their starting quarterback and running back were on the sideline with injuries, and the game was being played with a running clock.
All of Hillsdale's interceptions either resulted in or led to touchdowns, as did the fumble. If you count a turnover on downs, turnovers led to five of Hillsdale's seven touchdowns.
The safety occurred when, backed up on their own 3, the Wildcats snapped the ball over the punter's head in the back of the end zone. That gave the Knights (1-0, 5-0) a 22-0 lead, which they took into halftime.
Woodside quarterback Joseph King suffered a leg injury on one of Hillsdale's interception returns early in the third quarter. His backfield mate, Derek Smith, limped off in the third quarter, and did not return. Smith's injury did not seem serious: he was walking normally by the end of the game. King's appeared to be more complicated, although details aren't yet known.
A highlight for the Wildcats was Weston Bourgeois' 43-yard reception from King in the first quarter, on a drive that ultimately stalled when Woodside turned it over on downs. Bourgeois also had a 21-yard catch in the second quarter.