2018 Team Preview: Hillcrest Rams


School: Hillcrest

Mascot: Rams

Region: Class 5A, Region 2


Head Coach: Greg Porter

Assistant Coaches: Greg Porter(HC) – QB,
Terry Simmons – DC (LB)
Antrez McDaniel – LB
James Thompson – DL
Adrique Hayward- Corners
Adrian Bennon – Safeties
Dru Mahoney- RB
Noah Whiteside – Wide outs
Jamon Meredith  – Oline

2017 results:
10-3 overall with a 5-0 mark in region and 2-1 in the playoffs, losing to Gaffney in the 3rd round.


2018 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT (bold indicates region game)
8-24 Mauldin
8-31 Woodmont
9-7 at Laurens
9-14 at Dorman
9-21 Spartanburg
9-28 at
10-5 Riverside
10-12 at Boiling Springs
10-19 Byrnes
10-26 at Mauldin


Will Watts QB 2019
Quendarrious Jefferson WR 2019
Marquise Dreher OL 2019
Cory Christian OL 2019
Collin Whitfield RB 2019


Jake Kenison DB 20119
Shawn Perceval DB 2019
JaMarcus Robinson LB 2020
Bill Gibson DL 2020
Malik Eldridge DB 2019

COACH’S AUDIBLE: We are expecting to be competitive in a very tough region and hold our own against the best teams in the state.

OUTLOOK: This is a well coached and talented football team. They return five starters on the offensive side of the football where they averaged more than 30 points per game last season. They return the most productive quarterback in the state in terns of stats. They move into a very tough region this year and last season lost to two of these new region foes (Dorman, Gaffney-twice) while beating Riverside, Maulding-twice, and Spartanburg in the playoffs. I think they will compete for a playoff spot but the region crown will be a challenge in the state’s toughest region.

MY TAKE: I like this team to go
7-3 with losses to Dorman, Gaffney and Byrnes. That said, Spartanburg nor Boiling Springs will be easy games and they could just as easily be 5-5. I believe Byrnes, Spartanburg and Boiling Springs are swing games for the Rams – could go either way.


About Jim Baxter

Jim Baxter is a former coach and nationally published recruiting analyst with more than three decades in the industry. He founded SCVarsity.com as one of the first high school sites on the Rivals.com Network, most recently with Yahoo Sports. He is the author of the best selling "The Book On Evaluating Football Players" and is the host of the South Carolina High School Scoreboard Show on 107.5 The Game. He has operated the oldest independently run combine, coached for the Nike Football Combines and Elite 11 since 1999. He has served in the past on the broadcast crew in both radio and TV for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, as well as the North-South All-Star game. He was a member of the coaching staff for the 2015 Max Emfinger All-American game.

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