Chapman Irish prove unlucky for Trojans

Rarely does an otherwise meaingless touchdown feel good late in the game, but it was a moral victory for the Hillsboro Trojans in a 25-7 loss to Chapman, a solid Class 4A team from the North Central Activities Association.

Midway through the final period, Hillsboro was trailing 25-0 and had had trouble all night sustaining anything on offense. But the Trojans dug deep, and put together an impressive 17-play, 63-yard drive that ended with a three-yard scoring run by fullback Lucas Hamm with 1:00 to play. Tyler Kaufman’s kick made it 25-7.

Through the first half, the two teams played almost evenly, with Chapman nursing a 7-0 lead. The back-breaker for Hillsboro came early in the third quarter when the Trojan defense seemed to have Chapman running back Dustin Eagleburger wrapped up on a sweep to the right. But in the last moment, while in the arms of a defender, he handed the ball off to teammate Dylan Bathhurst, who ran most of the 59 yards to the end zone.

The Trojans never recovered psychologically until that final drive.

Chapman’s other three scores came on 14-yard pass from quarterback Luke Snider to Bathurst with 10:51 left in the second quarter, a 30-yard deep lob to Bathurst with 3:28 left in the third quarter, and a 4-yard run by Eagleburger with 8:01 left in the game.

With the loss, Hillsboro drops to 1-1 for the season.

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