Hillsboro passes by Smoky Valley

Hillsboro’s Daniel Deckert made up for a tough start with some outstanding plays to propel his teammates to a 19-7 win over Smoky Valley Friday in Lindsborg.

On the first possession of the night, Deckert recovered the football when a teammate partially blocked a Viking punt. But the Trojan junior fumbled the ball when he was hit and gave it right back to the Vikings.

The Trojans held again and on their second play from scrimmage, a wide open Deckert dropped a pass from Derek Hamm.

But after that, Deckert turned into Superman, catching four passes in the second quarter for 81 yards and two touchdowns to give the Trojans a 13-7 lead at intermission.

The Vikings actually scored first on a 13-yard pass with 1:25 left in the opening quarter to cap an 83-yard, 10-play drive. The extra point made the score 7-0.

But Hamm hit Deckert with a 15-yard scoring strike with 2:35 left in the half, and David Funk kicked the extra point to tie the game.

On the next possession, Deckert intercepted his second pass of the night and Hillsboro took over at the Trojan 34. On the next play he caught a 21-yard pass from Hamm for a first down at the Viking 45. Three plays later he caught a 31-yard scoring pass from Hamm along the left sideline for the score. The PAT was wide, but Hillsboro led, 13-7, with 1:05 to go.

In the second half, the Trojan defense stepped forward and stopped several Viking possessions in HHS territory, but Hillsboro launched a 58-yard, 14-play drive to start the fourth quarter, with Hamm scoring on a quarterback sneak from one yard out with 4:57 to play to all but clinch the victory. The 2-point conversion pass was incomplete.

With the win, the Trojans improve to 2-1.

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