HAMDEN >> Corey Millhouse scored three times, but none were from scrimmage. It was that kind of night for Hamden Hall against rival Hopkins.
The host Hornets performed well in all areas en route to a 52-14 Fairchester League victory Saturday at Sonny Coughlin Field.
It was the third straight victory for Hamden Hall (4-5) over the Hilltoppers (1-7).
“It’s the Yale-Harvard game of prep schools around here,” Hamden Hall coach Joe Linta “You get more up for this game. The records don’t matter, you’re playing for pride. They’re a friendly rival, they have a great coach. It’s just special to win these games and be a part of this series.”
Millhouse, a sophomore, scored on a 45-yard punt return as the Hornets built a 26-0 lead in the first quarter. He then scored on an 98-yard interception return and on a 62-yard fumble recovery in the second quarter to give Hamden Hall a 38-0 lead at halftime.
“All three of my touchdowns were a little unorthodox,” Millhouse said. “They were all pretty crazy.”
Said Linta: “He’s got tremendous skill, and he’s got a Division I skill set with speed, body control and quickness.”
Hamden Hall quarterback Kyle Smith completed 11 of 19 passes for 148 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Smith threw touchdowns passes of 14 and 17 yards to Andrew Natale, and a 14-yarder to Kyle Williams.
Williams also scored on a 50-yard interception return. Michael Johnson added a 68-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Williams made five catches for 67 yards, while Natale had four receptions for 64 yards.
Alex Liu scored on a 7-yard touchdown, and Cooper Pettit on a 1-yard run, in the fourth quarter for the Hilltoppers.
Walker Schneider and Colby Gardner made interceptions for Hopkins.
All four of the Hilltoppers’ turnovers in the first half led to Hamden Hall touchdowns.
“They’re very good,” Hopkins coach Tom Parr said. “We were not good tonight, just not very good.”
HAMDEN HALL 52, HOPKINS 14
Hopkins 0 0 0 14 — 14
Hamden Hall 26 12 7 7 — 52
HH—Andrew Natale 14 pass from Kyle Smith (Zack Balabon kick)
HH—Kyle Williams 14 pass from Kyle Smith (run failed)
HH—Williams 50 interception return (Balabon kick)
HH—Corey Millhouse 45 punt return (kick blocked)
HH—Millhouse 98 interception return (run failed)
HH—Millhouse 62 fumble return (kick blocked)
HH—Natale 17 pass from Smith (Balabon kick)
Hop—Alex Liu 7 run (kick good)
Hop—Cooper Pettit 1 run (kick good)