Everyone knew that ESPNU's decision to move the Springfield Hillcrest-Seneca high school game from Friday to Saturday and air it on national television was to showcase the talents of Hillcrest's senior receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, rated by many as the top high school prospect in the country.
And despite the pressure on all the Hornets to perform well in the national spotlight, Hillcrest recovered quickly from a shaky start to dominate Seneca 48-26 at Joplin's Missouri Southern stadium.
With a large crowd from Hillcrest in attendance watching the first-ever nationally televised football game involving a Springfield public school, Green-Beckham caught 18 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns, including the game's first score in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Matt Futrell, after getting intercepted on the first play of the game, settled down afterwards to complete 28 of 47 passes for 471 yards and five touchdowns. And it was Futrell's arm that carried the Hornets to success as the running game struggled. And it wasn't just about Green-Beckham as every receiver that played for the Hornets caught at least one touchdown pass.