Hillsboro slips past Nickerson, 13-12

Kyle Jilka’s 9-yard touchdown run with 10:04 left in the game enabled Hillsboro to defeat Nickerson, 13-12, Friday night at Tabor Field.

Nickerson had taken a 12-0 first-quarter lead with the help of two Trojan turnovers — a fumble and an interception by quarterback Caleb Marsh.

Hillsboro took the kickoff after the second touchdown and marched 57 yards in nine plays with Brodie Unrau running in from 6 yards out on the first play of the second quarter. Marsh kicked the extra point to cut the deficit to 12-7.

The score remained that way until the fourth quarter, when Jilka scored his touchdown to cap a strange three-play, 28-yard drive. Hillsboro got a break when a pass from Derek Hamm, who was playing quarterback for an injured Marsh, threw a pass into the arms of a NIckerson defender deep in Panther territory. The defender then fumbled the ball when he was tackled and Hillsboro recovered the ball on the Nickerson 28, setting up the winning drive.

With the win, Hillsboro stands at 1-1.

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