Trojans break through at Ellsworth

Ellsworth may have been just what the doctor ordered for a Hillsboro squad that was starting to doubt itself.

The Trojans, after losing three straight games by two points or less, controlled the Bearcats on offense and defense en route to a 49-0 win Friday at Ellsworth.

The Trojans started tentatively, as Ellsworth took the opening kickoff and drove from its own 34 to the Trojan 23 before fumbling the football away . Kyle Jilka recovered the ball for Hillsboro. On the Trojans’ first play from scrimmage, Caleb Marsh took the hand off and raced 77 yards around the right end for a score. His extra point made in 7-0 Hillsboro with 6:35 left in the quarter.

In a sense the game was over at that point, as the Trojan simply dominated from then on.

On their third play of their next possession, the Bearcats gave up the ball again as Shawn Hughbanks intercepted a Brad Barta pass and raced 42 yards for another score. Marsh added the extra point and it was 14-0 with 5:21 left in the quarter.

After Hillsboro stopped Ellsworth on four plays, the Trojans scored again when Dustin Jost hit a wide-open Marsh down the left sideline for a touchdown. Marsh’s kick made it 21-0 with a little over three minutes still to play in the opening period.

By halftime, Hillsboro had expanded its lead to 35-0 on a 27-yard run by Alan Yoder and then a 9-yard scoring pass from Jost to Marsh.

Yoder scored again with a 54-yard burst up the middle with 3:14 left in the third quarter, and sophomore Tim Funk scored his first varsity touchdown with 8:35 left in the game for the final 49-0 romp.

With the win, Hillsboro improves to 2-3.

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