Late explosion carries Hillsboro over Haven

Just when it seemed the Hillsboro Trojan football team might succomb to a series of untimely mistakes, the Trojans suddenly came together for three fourth-quarter scores and a huge 21-6 comeback victory over Haven Friday night in Haven.

The Wildcats (0-3) had taken a 6-0 lead when halfback Isiah Barfield connected with Casey Stewart on a 49-yard touchdown heave with 2:48 left in the opening quarter.

Hillsboro couldn’t seem to get its offense untracked against the beefy front line of Haven, and trailed by that 6-0 margin all the way through three quarters of play.

But with 1:38 left in that quarter, the Trojans started a 66-yard scoring drive that was capped by a 2-yard run by Michael Suderman with 9:57 left in the game. David Funk’s extra-point kick barely made it over the crossbar, but it did gave Hillsboro the lead at 7-6.

After a 5-yard penalty on the first play of Haven’s next possession, Adam Scheele picked off a deep lob from quarterback Aaron McClellan and returned it to the Hillsboro 45-yard line. Five plays later, Trojan quarterback Josh Boese kept the ball and scored from five yards out with 7:42 to play. Funk powered through the extra-point kick to give Hillsboro a 14-6 advantage.

Lucas Hamm capped off the scoring by intercepting a pass thrown by backup quarterback Byron Nienstedt and running it ack 45 yards for a touchdown with 3:21 to play. Funk’s kick made the score 21-6.

An interception by Matt Brown with 1:51 to play gave Hillsboro the ball one last time on the Haven 40. The Trojans advanced to the 2-yard line in four plays before taking a knee to let time expire for the victory.

With this critical victory, the Trojans improve to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in Central Division play.

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