Hillsboro rolls past Nickerson in season opener

The Hillsboro Trojans showed why their coaching staff is optimistic about the new season with a 40-0 thrashing of Nickerson in the opener on Friday night at Reimer Field.

On his first carry as a Trojan, transfer quarterback Spencer Brown raced 65 yards on a bootleg left to put Hillsboro on the board with 5:36 left in the opening period. Tyler Kaufman’s kick made it 7-0.

After a NIckerson three-and-out, the Trojans put together a four-play 44-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard TD run by Lucas Hamm with 2:26 left in the quarter. Kaufman’s kick made it 14-0.

After another short series by Nickerson, Hillsboro went 35 yards in five plays with Michael Suderman scoring from four yards out. Kaufman added the PAT to bump the score to 21-0 with 10:30 left in the half.

Hillsboro added two more scores in the quarter — one on a 2-yard pass from Brown to Daniel Jost with 7:58 left, and the other on a 31-yard run by Adam Dirks with 3:34 left — to give the Trojans a commanding 33-0 lead at halftime. Both PAT attempts were blocked.

By halftime, Hillsboro had amassed 183 yards rushing and 81 yards passing compared to 1 yard total offense for the Panthers.

A 2-yard run by Jacob Yoder at the 8:37 mark of the third quarter pushed the score to 40-0 after Kaufman’s kick, prompting the 35-point rule to kick in with a continuous clock the rest of the game.

HHS substituted freely the rest of the way to the shutout victory.

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