After soaring to a lopsided victory in the season opener a week ago, the Hillsboro football team drop with a thud into a sobering reality with a 41-12 loss at Haven Friday night.
The Wildcats jumped on the Trojans for two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the game, the first on a 50-yard touchdown run by Jacob Newcomer less than 2:30 after the kick off, then a 29-yard pass from quarterback Tim Hendrixson to Zach Teter at the 6:32 mark.
Down 14-0, the Trojans gathered themselves and drove 63 yards in eight plays with quarterback Justus Hilliard running in from 13 yards out. The extra point kick was blocked to make the score 14-6 with 3:12 left in the opening quarter.
Haven took control in the second quarter, scoring two more times before halftime. The first came on a 49-yard run by Hendrixson at the 4:48 mark, then an 18-yard pass from Hendrixson to a wide open Rian Borntrager in the end zone. Haven took a 28-6 lead into the halftime locker room.
Any thoughts that the Trojans would turn the game around in the second half quickly faded when they went three-and-out on their first possession and Haven scored on a 52-yard run by Newcomer on the Wildcats? first play from scrimmage.
Haven added a touchdown at the 8:53 mark of the fourth quarter, kicking in the continuous clock rule, before Hillsboro closed out the scoring with a 10-yard run by Hilliard with 1:55 to go.
Both teams finished the evening with 1-1 records for the year and in the league.