Hillsboro claims bi-district football championship on Tuesday

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Halstead got in an early Halloween trick to start Tuesday’s bi-distict playoff game, but it was the Hillsboro Trojans who went home with a major treat — a 28-7 win to claim the championship plaque.



On Halstead’s first possession, the Dragons pounded the middle of the line on four straight runs. But on the fifth play, a quick pitch to running back Justin Calvin enabled him to sweep the left end untouched for a 64-yard touchdown scamper. The extra point gave Halstead a 7-0 lead.



After trading a couple of possessions, the Trojans found their stride during a 16-play, 57-yard drive that was capped with a 1-yard run by Michael Suderman. Tyler Kaufman’s kick tied the game at 7-7 with 7:11 left in the second quarter. The drive consumed 9:40.



After the Trojan defense forced a three-and-out, the offense struck again — more quickly this time. Hillsboro covered 57 yards once again, but this time in nine plays, with quarterback Spencer Brown scoring from three yards out with 2:03 to go in the half. Kaufman added the PAT for a 14-7 Trojan lead that held firm as the half ended.



By intermission, the game seemed in Hillsboro’s control. Aside from the 64-yard Halstead score, the Dragons barely managed 50 yards of offense the rest of the half.



Hillsboro only tightened its grip on the outcome in the second half. Playing one of their better halves of the season against a quality opponent, the Trojan offense added two more touchdowns — one on a 47-yard run by Jacob Yoder with 5:41 left in the third period, and the other on a 16-yard pass from Brown to Aaron Stepanek with 19 seconds left in the quarter.



Meanwhile, the defense made key stops all night long, including a fourth-and-goal at the Trojan 6 midway through the final period that ended any chance of a Halstead miracle comeback — or even a consolation touchdown.



With the win, HIllsboro (7-3) advances to the sectional championship game on Saturday. Immediately following Tuesday’s game, it appeared Hillsboro would face off against Cheney at 7 p.m. at Reimer Field in Hillsboro.



Cheney is coached by former Hillsboro coach Dustin McEwen.


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