Hillsboro falls to Ellinwood, 9-7

Cody Engle kicked a 25-yard field goal with 7:33 left in the third quarter to give Ellinwood the lead and eventually the win by a margin of 9-7 Friday night in Ellinwood.

The Trojans had chances to make big plays for points late in the game but could not cash them in.

The Trojans scored first on a 2-yard run by Derek Hamm with 11:16 left in the first half. Caleb Marsh’s extra point made the score 7-0.

Ellinwood came right back on its next possession. A 50-yard pass from Engle to Tyler Wirtz gave the Eagles a first down at the Trojan 21-yard line. Six plays later, on fourth-and-goal on the 9-yard line, Engle hit Anthony Barr with a pass at the back of the end zone for the score. The Trojans got a break when Engle’s perfect extra-point kick was disallowed because of a penalty; Engle then missed the do-over, and Hillsboro still lead, 7-6.

Late in the first half, the Trojans marched from its own 31 to the Ellinwood 9-yard line, but Hamm threw a pass into the end zone that was picked off by Engle to kill the drive with only 13 seconds left on the clock.

Engle hit his game-winning field goal on the Eagles’ first possession of the second half, capping a 52-yard scoring drive.

Hillsboro missed the opportunity for a go-ahead 23-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter when the Trojans could not execute a successful snap and hold.

Later, on two occasions, a Trojan receiver had an opportunity to grab a tipped pass for a potential score on fourth down, but both times the ball fell to the ground. The last occasion came with 19 seconds left in the game.

With the loss, Hillsboro falls to 2-2. Ellinwood moves to 3-1.

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