CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After three quarters of play, it looked as if Clay County was in the driver's seat to run right over Sissonville -- until it ran into a Hill.
Quarterback Nathan Miller connected with Houston Hill on touchdown passes of 20 and 26 yards in the fourth quarter as Sissonville defeated Clay County 31-19 Friday night.
"We were down one point coming out [in the fourth quarter]," Hill said. "They started loading the box to stop the run game. The coaches called the right plays and Nate [Miller] put the ball where it had to be. I was able to make some catches and get into the end zone."
While the importance of Hill's two touchdowns cannot be overstated, the play of the game came when Hill made a spectacular 40-yard leaping catch, maneuvering his way between two Clay defenders. At that point, Sissonville was leading 24-19 with five minutes left, facing a secoond-and-12 from its own 28.
"Nathan just put the ball where it had to be and I just went up for it," Hill said. "I did what had to be done."
"We have chemistry," Miller added. "We practice every day together. He's a good receiver. I threw it up and I knew he would make the play."
Hill finished with 116 receiving yards and two touchdowns, while Miller finished 8 of 11 for 131 yards for the Indians (6-1), who came into the matchup ranked No. 5 in Class AA.
"This was a revenge game for us," said Indians coach Eddie Smolder. "Clay is a good football team. They were ranked preseason top 10. We knew it would be a tough game coming in. They have been beat by some good teams. Our goal was to beat them on our home field. I told our kids, 'If we win all our home games, then we will make the playoffs.' We are on track now."
Last year, Clay defeated the Indians 27-20 after the game was tied 14-all at halftime. The loss sent the Indians to 3-4, who ended up missing the playoffs by one game.