The Hillsboro Trojans regained some swagger Friday night (Oct. 24) with an easy 48-6 win over an undermanned Herington Railer squad at Reimer Field.
The game was decided early. Chance Reece blocked a Herington punt after the Railers went three-and-out to start the game. Reece recovered the ball for the Trojans at the Herington 30. Two plays later, Ishmael Morris dashed in from 25 yards out and Jacob Wiebe added the extra point for a 7-0 start barely two minutes into the contest.
On Herington’s next play from scrimmage, Daniel Jost intercepted quarterback Lance Shriver’s throw to give Hillsboro the ball again at the Railer 38.
Five plays later, Ben Gottsch, making his first start at quarterback, connected with Jost in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown. Wiebe’s kick made it 14-0 with 6:54 left in the period.
The third play into Herington’s next possession, Jost picked Shriver again at around the Railer 30-yard line and returned the ball to the 5. After an illegal-procedure penalty against Hillsboro, Morris took a pitch from Gottsch and easily scored around the left end. Wiebe’s kick was blocked and the score stood at 20-0 with 3:15 left in the period.
After another Herington three-and-out and a punt return by Ben Bebermeyer, Hillsboro started at the Railer 34-yard line and scored in four plays, this time on an 11-yard pass from Gottsch to Jost. Wiebe’s kick made it 27-0 with 1:09 still to play in the opening quarter.
After Hillsboro’s John Hein recovered a Herington fumble six plays into the Railers’ next possession, the Trojans pieced together a 56-yard, nine-play drive with Gottsch taking it in himself from a yard out. Wiebe’s kick made it 34-0 with 8:07 left in the second quarter.
Hillsboro added a sixth touchdown in the half on a 63-yard, eight-play drive with Morris sweeping the left end for his third TD of the half. Wiebe was on target again to give Hillsboro a 41-0 bulge with 49 seconds left in the half.
By mutual agreement of the coaches, the continuous clock went into effect for the second half. Hillsboro took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in five plays with Chris Couts dashing in from 11 yards out with 7:11 left in the third quarter. Wiebe’s kick made it 48-0.
Herington scored late in the fourth quarter against the Trojan junior varsity on 32-yard pass from Shriver to Tyler Barber for the 48-6 final score.
Hillsboro improves to 5-3 with the victory and 1-1 in district play. The Trojans will play Marion on Thursday night at Reimer Field.