Hillsboro loses heartbreaker to Smoky Valley, 14-13

It was one of those games that neither team deserved to lose. But when the dust cleared, Hillsboro was on the short end of a 14-13 score against the Smoky Valley Vikings in Lindsborg.

The two teams came in with identical 4-1 records, and the first quarter turned into a scoreless standoff, Smoky Valley finally struck first blood when Michael DuMarrs scored on a 20-yard run with 6:34 left in the half.

Undaunted, the Trojans marched 68 yards in 12 plays, scoring the tying touchdown with 47.4 seconds left in the half when quarterback Spencer Brown connected with wide receiver Troy Frick on a 4-yarder on third down and inches to go for a first down.

The score remained at 7-7 until Hillsboro grabbed the lead on a 13-yard sweep by Jacob Yoder on the first play of the fourth quarter. However, Smoky’s Michael Klaassen blocked Tyler Kaufman’s extra-point kick to keep the score at 13-7.

Smoky Valley eventually cashed in on the break when DuMarrs scored from five yards out and Mark Bengston nailed the extra point with only 2:02 left in the game.

Hillsboro’s hopes for a miracle finish ended when Frick’s flea-flicker pass was intercepted with 1:18 to go.

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