Hillsboro slays Dragons, 48-13

If you blinked, you would have missed the only time the game was close. Hillsboro scored three touchdowns in less than five minutes and rolled to a 48-13 win in a game that could have been much, much worse had it not been for generous substitutions.

After Halstead went three-and-out to start the game, Kris Jones scored from 56 yards out on Hillsboro’s first play from scrimmage. Caleb Marsh added the kick for a 7-0 start.

On the next series, Shawn Hughbanks blocked the Halstead punt and James Bina ran the ball in from 12 yards out. Marsh kicked the PAT to make the score. 14-0.

After Halstead fumbled the ball away three plays later, Marsh grabbed a pass from Dustin Jost on the Trojans’ first play and raced 75 yards for the score. His PAT made it 21-0 with 7:04 still to play in the first quarter.

You get the idea. Kyle Jilka added a touchdown on a 1-yd run, Alan Yoder scored on a 48-yard pass from Jost, and Jones scored on a 61-yd run to make it 41-0 at intermission.

On the first play of the third quarter, Yoder bolted 80 yards on a pass from Jost to make the score 48-0 after David Funk’s PAT.

The JVs played the rest of the way and gave up a couple of scores on some mistakes to make the game a bit more respectable for the Dragons, who finished 0-9 for the year.

With the win, Hillsboro is 5-4 and will play either Riley County or Southeast of Saline Tuesday night on the road in bi-district play.

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