SPORTS FLASH: Trojans open with football win

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro Trojans established their running game early and took advantage of Sterling mistakes en route to a 34-7 MCAA win in their season opener Friday, Aug. 31, on Tabor Field.



After recovering a Sterling fumble at the Hillsboro 7-yard line with seven minutes left in the first quarter, the Trojans scored five plays later on a one-yard plunge by Phillip Terrell. James Bina’s extra-point kick was blocked to keep the score at 6-0.



On Sterling’s second play after the kickoff, Derek Schneider ran 73 yards up the middle to tie the game at 6-6. The PAT made it 7-7 with 4:55 left in the first quarter.



Hillsboro struck again with 9:07 left in the first half when Alan Yoder ran around the left end and scored from 34 yards out. Substitute quarterback Dustin Jost connected with Steven Chisholm for the 2-point conversion to make the score 14-7.



A little more than three minutes later, Jost connected with wide receiver Layne Frick for a 68-yard TD pass and Bina kicked the extra point to give Hillsboro a 21-7 lead with 5:47 left in the half.



Hillsboro scored two more times in the second half, the first TD came on a 44-yard fumble recovery and return by Trojan noseguard Ronnie Davis. Bina’s PAT made the score 28-7 with 11:05 left in the third quarter.



Hillsboro scored a final TD with less than a minute left in the game when Ross Duerksen ran it in from six yards out. Bina’s PAT was short but it didn’t matter.



Led by Duerksen’s 69 yards on 15 carries, the Trojans rolled up 182 yards on 41 carries. Quarterbacks Ronn Coates and Jost combined for 116 yards passing on 4-of-8 throwing.



Sterling managed 164 yards on 35 carries and 29 yards through the air on 5-of-8 passing.

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