Hillsboro season ends with lost to SES

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DR
For a quarter and a half, the Hillsboro Trojans played blow for blow with the undefeated and state-ranked Southeast of Saline Trojans. But a 21-0 explosion by SES over a period of 1:30 fueled the purple Trojans to a 34-8 win Thursday night at Reimer Field.



SES didn’t score at all until they got a 39-yard touchdown run by Justin Dupes with 6 seconds left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. SES then capped an 11-play 59-yard drive as Jimmy McDowell scored from three yards out with 4:12 on the clock. The PAT failed and SES led, 13-0.



Hillsboro then fumbled on its first play from scrimmage, giving SES the ball at the Hillsboro 33. McDowell scored on the next play to bump the SES lead to 20-0.



Then, on HHS’s second play from scrimage,. Nick Hardesty intercepted a Derek Hamm pass and ran the ball to the Hillsboro 11, where quarterback Justin Schrop found receiver Garett Mugler in the end zone on the next play. Following a 2-point conversion, SES was suddenly on top, 28-0, with 2:52 left in the half.



That’s were the score stayed untul SES added a fifth touchdown midway through the third period on a 1-yard run by McDowell. Hillsboro blocked the PAT to keep the score at 34-0.



Hillsboro broke the shutout with 4:34 to play in the game when Josh Boese completed a short pass to Daniel Deckert, who then lateraled to Lucas Hamm, who ran the ball in for the score. The play covered 12 yards. Boese’s 2-point pass to Tyler Goldsby made the final score 34-8.



With the win, SES remains undefeated at 9-0 and wins the district championship. Hillsboro finished its season at 2-7 overall and 0-3 in district play.

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