Hillsboro took whatever frustration was left over from last week?s loss to Halstead and turned it into positive energy against Lyons as the Trojans thrashed the home team 38-0 in a game that saw a continuous clock for most of the second half.
After stopping Lyons for minus-13 yards on three running plays to open the game, the Trojans marched 49 yards in nine plays, scoring on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Luke Moore to Dylan Delk with 6:40 left in the first period. Ben Gardner?s kick made it 7-0.
On the next series, Gardner intercepted Lyons quarterback Matthew Vincent, and returned the ball 15 yards to the Lions? 5-yard line. Three plays and facemask penalty later, Caleb Hilliard was in the end zone on a 4-yard run. Gardner?s kick was blocked, but HHS led 13-0.
After Hillsboro stopped Lyons in four plays, the Trojans resumed the assault, driving 61 yards in eight plays with Hilliard running in from six yards out on the first play of the second quarter. Hillsboro then went for two points. Moore?s pass to Delk was complete but Delk was tackled before he crossed the goal line.
On Lyons? next possession, Ben Bebermeyer intercepted Vincent and ran the ball in for an apparent score. But a block-in-the-back call brought the football back to the Lyons 40-yard line. Two incomplete passes later, Lucas Sinclair, stepping in for Moore at quarterback, connected with tight end Aaron Klassen for a 40-yard touchdown pass. Gardner?s kick was blocked again, but Hillsboro led comfortably, 25-0, with 9:31 left in the half.
The Trojans found paydirt one more time before halftime. After Ethan Frantz recovered a fumble in the Lions backfield, the Trojans pieced together a nine-play, 57-yard drive capped by a four-yard touchdown run by Chance Reece. For the third time, Gardner?s PAT kick was blocked, but HHS led 31-0 with 1:41 left in the half.
The Trojans kicked in the continuous on their first possession of the second half, cruising 62 yards in six plays with Gardner running in from four yards out, then kicking a successful PAT for the 38-0 final margin.
In addition to having their way offensively, the Trojan defense throttled the Lions attack all evening long. The only exception was a third-quarter lapse when Lyons appeared to score on a 44-yard run by Vincent, thanks to multiple missed tackles by HHS. But Lyons was called for a personal foul on the play, nullifying the score. Four plays later, Gardner intercepted Vincent at the Trojan 29-yard line to end the threat.
Hillsboro, with subs seeing action, ran the clock from 3:38 in the third quarter to 4:30 left in the fourth as the game wound down.
With the win, Hillsboro improved to 1-1 for the season and 1-1 in the North Division of the Central Kansas League. Lyons dropped to 0-2 overall and in the North Division.