HMS football teams split home games with Sterling

The Hillsboro Middle School football teams split their games with Sterling Thursday in Hillsboro.

The eighth-grade team (2-0) won by a 20-6 score while the seventh-graders (0-2) lost 22-6.

In the eighth-grade game, Sterling took the lead on a 99-yard run in the first quarter, but HMS came back with touchdown runs by Lucas Hamm of 52 and 33 yards in the second quarter and a one-yard run by Michael Suderman in the final period.

Hamm finished with 214 yards rushing on 14 carries, Suderman chipped in 104 yards on 13 carries.

Troy Frick completed four of seven passes for 36 yards; Hamm caught three for 13 yards and Adam Dirks caught the other one for 23 yards.

Sterling rushed for 240 yards on 20 carries.

Josh Kenney led the Trojan defense with nine tackles, Hamm added eight, and Dirks and Suderman each had six. Jeremy Boucher added a fumble recovery and an interception.

“We beat a very tough Sterling team on Thursday night,” coach Darrell Knoll said. “They had a running back who was capable of breaking away for a touchdown at any time, so holding him in check was a good accomplishment.

“Our team competed hard and showed quite a bit of character. We were able to bounce back after falling behind early in the game, we didn’t get rattled when we had some injuries to key players, and we made up for mistakes.”

In the seventh-grade game, Jacob Yoder scored the team’s first touchdown of the year in the third quarter on a 10-yard run.

The team finished with 23 rushing yards on 23 carries. Yoder and Zachary Slayden combined for 70 passing yards on 3-of-6 completions.

The Trojans will travel to Haven for games on Thursday. The action is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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