Written by Don Ratzlaff Friday, 31 August 2012 22:35
Hillsboro scored on three of its first four plays from scrimmage Friday on the way to a crazy 48-14 win over Lyons in the season opener for both teams.
A false-start penalty before the snap put Hillsboro at its 31-yard line for its first official play of the season. Tyler Proffitt, starting at quarterback, made it a big one: a 69-yard bomb to Shaq Thiessen for a touchdown. The extra point made it 7-0 with only 15 seconds off the game clock.
When Lyons was forced to punt after three plays, Thiessen returned the punt to the Lions’ 13-yard line. Proffitt then hooked up with running back Tyrell Thiessen on a swing pass to the left to give HHS its second score in two plays with 9:54 left in the quarter. Jesse Brown kicked the extra point and the lead was 14-0.
After another Lyons three-and-out, Hillsboro took over on its own 26-yard line. Proffitt swept the right side on a keeper for 23 yards, then hit Josh Wiebe with a strike across the middle for a 60-yard touchdown pass and a 21-0 lead after Brown nailed another PAT kick.
Lyons managed to pick up a first down on its next series, but Shaq Thiessen ended that drive quickly with an interception that gave Hillsboro the ball at its 37-yard line with 5:44 left in the quarter. Three plays later, Proffitt lobbed a pass downfield that Wiebe grabbed and ran in for a 20-yard score. Brown missed the extra point, but Hillsboro led 27-0 with 4:43 still to go in the first period.
After one more three-and-out by Lyons, Hillsboro put together its fifth scoring drive of the first period, this one covering 67 yards in five plays capped by a 64-yard scoring connection between Proffitt and Shaq Thiessen. Brown’s kick made it 34-0 with 1:24 left in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, Lyons picked up its second first down, but had to punt the ball away four plays later. Hillsboro took over at its 32-yard line. On third-and-6 at the 26, Proffitt connected with Tyrell Thiessen first for a 48-yard pass, then for a 14-yard pass that put the Trojans at the Lyons 15. On the next play, Tyrell Thiessen rumbled off left tackle and scored Hillsboro’s sixth TD of the half. Brown’s kick made it 41-0 with 8:42 left in the second quarter.
If that wasn’t enough, Lyons then fumbled the football on third-and-3. Justus Hilliard recovered it for Hillsboro at the Trojan 43-yard line. After three plays, the Trojans actually had to punt for the first time—but Lyons was called for roughing the punter, giving HHS a first down at the Lyons 42. Two plays later Grady Kirkhart intercepted a Proffitt pass, but the Lyons were called for a roughing-the-passer penalty and the Trojans retained possession at the Lyons 17.
On the next play, Proffitt ran off tackle for Hillsboro’s seventh touchdown of the half with 4:38 left to play. Hillsboro led 48-0 after Brown’s kick. Lyons put together its best drive of the night, but Hillsboro’s defense prevented the touchdown when they ran the Lions out of downs at the Trojan 25-yard line with 36 seconds left in the half.
After a crazy-good first half, Hillsboro's fortunes went crazy-bad -- even with a running clock the entire second half, by league rule.
Lyons took the opening kickoff and scored eight plays later on a pass from quarterback Matthew Vincent to wide receiver Kirkhart from 11 yards out. The kick made it 48-7 with around 6:30 to go.
On Hillsboro’s next possession, the Trojans endured a penalty, a dropped pass and a 12-yard loss after a bad center snap before Lukas Padilla intercepted a Proffitt pass, giving Lyons the ball at its own 42-yard line. The quarter ran out on a roughing-the-passer call against Hillsboro.
After Lyons was forced to punt, Hillsboro's Preston Nelson fumbled away the football on a reverse play with about 6:20 to play. But Brown got the ball right back for HHS when he intercepted a tipped pass with about 5:30 to play. Two incomplete passes later, Proffitt threw the football right into the hands of Lyons’ Daniel Kline, who returned the ball to the Trojan 1-yard line. Vincent scored on the next play for the final 48-14 margin with about three minute to go.
But it wasn’t over. After Proffitt connected on another long pass to Shaq Thiessen for 39 yards, his next throw was tipped and then picked off by Lyons’ Angel Holquin with about 1:00 to go. Time graciously ran out two plays later.
Proffitt finished with 343 yards on 11-for-22 passing, but had three interceptions to go with his five scoring passes. Shaq Thiessen pulled in three passes for 167 yards and two scores. Wiebe added 80 yards and two scores on three receptions. Hillsboro finished with 110 rushing yards for 453 yards of total offense compared to 65 total yards for Lyons.
The win was the first for head coach Lance Sawyer in his first year at the Trojan helm.
Next week the Trojans will host Sterling.