Coryea era begins with a 33-7 Trojan win

New Hillsboro head football coach Len Coryea talked a lot during the preseason about restablishing a reliable ground game this fall, but it was the passing game that looked impressive in the Trojans’ 33-7 road win at Lyons Friday night.

The very first offensive play of the season for Hillsboro was a fade pass from quarterback Derek Hamm to wide receiver Daniel Deckert sprimnting down the Trojan sideline. The pass fell incomplete but it did portend what was to come. About 1:30 later, the two seniors connected on a 21-yard scoring strike with 10:28 left in the first quarter.

The Trojans scored again with less than a minute left in the quarter when Hamm hooked up with Adam Scheele for a 35-yard scoring strike.

The score remained 14-0 until 1:50 remained in the third quarter, as both teams struggled to move the football with any consistency. Then Hillsboro’s Tim Funk suddenly burst through the defense for a 38-yard scoring run to bump the lead to 20-0.

In the fourth quarter, Lyons struck suddenly with back-to-back long passes. The second one resulted in a 30-yard touchdown from quarterback Alex Reed to Brett Higgins with 6:05 left in the game.

Hillsboro added two more touchdowns, though, the first on a 21-yard pass over the middle form Hamm to Ben Schaefer for a 27-7 lead. Scheele then intercepted a Reed pass with mere seconds left in the game and ran it in for the final score.

With the win Hillsboro begins its season with a 1-0 mark overall, but this contest was a non-league game since this MCAA opponent is not in the Trojans’ Central Division.

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