Eagle Thrashing

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
You could see where this football game was headed after the first two possessions.

Following the kickoff, the Hillsboro Trojan defense pushed the Ellinwood Eagles backward 14 yards in three plays, forcing a punt.

The Trojan offense then scored on its first play from scrimmage-a 44-yard pass from Spencer Brown to Troy Frick.

By the time the first half of Friday’s game ended, Hillsboro led 41-0 and the only question was: How much of a head start would a continuous clock in the second half give Trojan fans for their 90-minute drive home?

Suffice it to say, Hillsboro was domineering in its 47-6 non-league victory against its foe from the Mid Division of the Mid-Central Activities Association.

On the fourth play of Ellinwood’s second possession, defensive tackle Josh Kenney recovered a fumble by the Eagles’ Shane Link. Four plays later, Michael Suderman slipped into the end zone from a yard out to cap a five-play 40-yard drive.

After the two teams traded interceptions, Hillsboro drove 62 yards in seven plays with Jacob Yoder crossing the goal line from a yard out to give the Trojans a 21-0 cushion with 14 seconds left in the opening period.

Hillsboro duplicated its three-touchdown performance in the second quarter. The first one came on a 26-yard bootleg by Brown with 9:11 left in the half. Lucas Hamm chipped in touchdown runs of three and one yards.

The latter score came with 3:36 left in the quarter. When Tyler Kaufman’s pooched extra-point kick bounced off the crossbar and through the uprights to give Hillsboro its 41-0 lead, you had to wonder whether this simply was the Trojans’ night, or if Kaufman’s kicking leg was wearing out from overuse.

Hillsboro added its seventh and final touchdown of the night on the opening possession of the abbreviated second half when Hamm earned a hat trick with a six-yard scoring run.

Ellinwood avoided a shutout in the final two minutes of the game when fullback Brett Derek scored a one-yard touchdown to cap a 98-yard, 11-play drive against the junior varsity.

The Trojans outgained the Eagles in total offense 364 yard to 202. Suderman led the Trojans’ balanced rushing attack with 73 yards on seven carries.

Brown added 53 yards on only three carries, plus 146 yards through the air on 9-for-16 passing. The junior had two passes intercepted, but also picked off two Eagle throws on defense.

Frick led Hillsboro receivers with four receptions and 86 yards-which accomplished one of coach Len Coryea’s objectives for the game.

“I felt we got Troy back in (the offensive scheme),” he said. “He’s a little rusty yet, but we got him back in the ball game.

“I thought our passing was OK,” he added. “We dropped two or three passes we should have caught.

“I was a little disturbed with our pass blocking for a while. It’s hard to stay sharp (when the score is lopsided), but that’s what I didn’t like.”

Coming-Hillsboro will try to enhance its 3-1 season record when it plays host to Sterling for Friday’s homecoming contest at Reimer Field. The much-improved Black Bears are also 3-1. Game time is 7 p.m.

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