Even the weather cooperated on this Friday night. Forecasts were for possible storms, but the only storm was the one the Hillsboro Trojans cast upon Moundridge in a 55-0 rout on opening night of district play.
With all three components of their game firing well, the Trojans wasted little time taking control. The defense stopped Moundridge with a three-and-out to start the game, then the offense took possession on the 50-yard line and scored three plays later on a one-yard plunge by Tyrell Thiessen after a 12-yard run by quarterback Tyler Proffitt and a 37-yard swing pass to Thiessen put the Trojans at the goal line.
Moundridge responded with its best possession of the night — a 14-play drive that moved the ball from the Wildcat 20 to the Trojan 26 before running out of downs.
Hillsboro then lit up the night with a 37-yard pass from Proffitt to Shaq Thiessen on the first play going the other way. Four plays later, the two Trojans hooked up again, this time for 30 yards and the touchdown with 43.8 seconds left in the first quarter.
When Moundridge went three-and-out as the second quarter began, Hillsboro’s Jesse Brown returned the Wildcat punt 55 yards for a score and the Trojans were off to the races. On a fake kick, extra-point holder Evan Ollenburger ran in the 2-point conversion play to give HHS a 22-0 lead with 10:26 left in the half.
Moundridge added fuel to the fire by losing a fumble on its next possession. The Trojans took possession at their 48 and actually scored twice. The first TD, a 31-yard pass to Shaq Thiessen, was called back on a penalty. But four plays later, Tyrell Thiessen rumbled in from 20 yards out and the score stood at 29-0 with 5:02 left in the half.
Hillsboro added its fifth touchdown of the half after an interception by Lucas Sinclair gave HHS the ball at its 37-yard line. Eight plays later, Josh Wiebe caught a 9-yard pass around his ankles and fell into the end zone for the score with 26.6 seconds left for a 36-0 margin.
With the lead exceeding 35 points, the teams played with a running clock the entire second half. Hillsboro didn’t waste any time, though, scoring on a six-play, 67-yard drive with Proffitt taking the ball into the end zone from a yard out and 8:21 left in the third quarter.
Hillsboro cashed in another Moundridge fumble soon after, moving the ball 14 yards in four plays with Sinclair stepping in at quarterback and scoring on a one-yard keeper with 4:21 left in the quarter for a 49-0 lead.
Moundridge fumbled away the football yet again, giving HHS the ball at the Wildcat 25. Five plays later, the Trojans scored the final points of the night on a three-yard run by Scott Brazil with 11:22 left in the game.
With the win, Hillsboro improved to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in district play while Moundridge slipped to 1-6 and 0-1. The Trojans will face Marion next Friday at Joel H. Wiens Stadium. Marion was leading Halstead, 33-6, late in the game.