This turned out to be a David vs. Goliath mismatch ? but without the Divine intervention.
Halstead running back Layke Hiemerman ran 83 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, setting the tone for 55-7 mugging of a much younger and under?sized Hillsboro squad Friday night at Joel Wiens Stadium.
The Trojans? best ally may have been the intervention of the running clock during the entire second half after trailing at intermission, 43-0.
Following the opening kickoff, Hiemer?man grabbed the opening handoff at the 17-yard line and raced up the middle to the end zone.
The Dragons scored a second touchdown midway through the first quarter and were knocking on the door for a third one when the quarter ended. Quarterback Elijah McKee cashed in the final five yards on the very next play for a 21-0 lead. The Dragons scored three more times before intermission, seemingly at will.
After Hillsboro?s opening drive of the second half stalled in seven plays, Halstead?s second team drove 60 yards in seven plays for touchdown No. 7.
Hillsboro then marched to the Halstead 5-yard line on one of its best offensive possessions, only to fumble away the football with a dropped lateral pass. In a rare break on this night, the Trojans recovered a Halstead fumble three plays later at the Dragon 22-yard line. They avoided the shutout on the next play when quarterback Kaden Kleiner connected with wide receiver Jacob Funk for a 22-yard score. Wes Shaw kicked the extra point for a 49-7 tally with 3:45 to go.
But reality rudely returned when Halstead?s Christian Morris ran back the ensuing kickoff for an immediate touchdown and the final 55-7 margin.
With the loss, Hillsboro dropped to 0-3 for the season while the Dragons improved to 3-0. The Trojans? next game will be Friday at Hoi?sington (3-0), a 34-14 winner over Pratt.