Hillsboro held off a physically superior Hoisington football team for most of the first half, but two Cardinal touchdowns in a span of 23 seconds late in the first half propelled the home team to a 40-8 win Friday night (Oct. 9).
Hoisington held a clear edge from the start, but managed only an 8-0 lead in Corey Engstrom?s three-yard run with 8:47 left in the half. Tanner Klug added the 2-point run.
The Trojans then took the ball and drove from its own 30 to the Hoisington 7-yard line mostly on the passing of Jacob Fish. But the drive stalled there and Hoisington took over at the 8 with 4:30 left.
That failed drive seemed to break the Trojans spirit — at least long enough for the Cardinals to take over the game. Hoisington scored in only seven play — all runs — with Klug sweeping the right end for the final 11 yards at the 2:35 mark. He added another 2-point run for a 16-0 led.
On Hillsboro?s next play from scrimmage, Fish threw the ball downfield only to have it intercepted by linebacker Dustin Broeder, who rumbled all the way to the Trojan 16-yard line before he was stopped.
On the next play Hoisington?s Danton Riedl took the pitch to the left, then cut back up the middle for the score. Zane Sanders added the 2-point run and it was suddenly 24-0 with 2:12 left.
Hillsboro dodged a third quick score after Hoisington recovered Ben Bebermeyer?s fumble after he had caught a Fish pass on the fifth play of the Trojans? next possession.
But Hoisington ran out of time after using its last timeout and had to settle for a hurried field-goal attempt after driving to the 7-yard line in seven plays. A.J. Litchfield?s kick hooked badly to the left to keep the lead at 24-0 at intermission.
In the third quarter, Hillsboro again drove to the Hoisington 8-yard line, but the drive died there on three straight incomplete passes.
Hoisington took over there and drove the length of the field on 14 plays with Sanders running the final 10 yards for the score. The 2-point run by Sanders made it 32-0.
Hillsboro finally scored when Matt Yoder ran the final three yards to the end zone after four consecutive pass completions — including back-to-back 27-yard throws to Bebermeyer — moved the ball from the Hillsboro 31 to the Hoisington 3. Fish connected with Bebermeyer again for the 2-point play and it was 32-8.
But the Cardinals came right back, with substitutes taking over much of the lineup, and added one more touchdown on a 10-yard run by Taylor Stumma with 40.9 seconds left. The Cardinals were successful on their fifth 2-point play in five attempts, but this time it came on a pass.
Official statistics were not available, but Hoisington rushed for well over 200 yards for the game while Hillsboro threw for well over 300.
The loss dropped Hillsboro?s record to 4-2 for the season while Hoisington improved to 5-1.