Vikings conquer Trojans, 48-12

 Justus Hilliard completesa 16-yard pass reception during the first half of Friday's game agains Smoky Valley. Hilliard scored one of Hillsboro's two touchdowns in the 48-12 loss.
Justus Hilliard completesa 16-yard pass reception during the first half of Friday's game agains Smoky Valley. Hilliard scored one of Hillsboro's two touchdowns in the 48-12 loss.
For the second week in a row, the Hillsboro football team took on an undefeated Central Kansas League foe, and for the second time the Trojans endured a licking.

A physical Smoky Valley squad put away the Trojans by a 48-12 margin in a game that slipped into the continuous-clock mode for all but three minutes of the second half.

The game was competitive at the start. Hillsboro took the opening kick off and drove from its own 24-yard line to the Smoky Valley 17. But the drive ended there when the Vikings stuffed running back Justus Hilliard for a six-yard loss on a fourth-and-2 running play.

The Trojan defense forced a Viking punt in five plays, but the kick into the north wind by Jarod DeMott pinned Hillsboro at its own 2-yard line. Three plays later Trojan quarterback Jesse Brown fumbled the football and Smoky Valley recovered it at the Trojan 21.

The Vikings were in the end zone two plays later, but the touchdown was nullified by a penalty. The Trojans compensated with a face-mask penalty that gave Smoky Valley the ball at the 5-yard line. Matt Guerrero ran it in from there to give the home team a 7-0 lead at the 4:33 mark.

After a three-and-out, a poor Trojan punt into the wind gave the Viking the ball at the Hillsboro 37-yard line. One running play moved the ball to the 25, then quarterback Christian Hansen threw to Alec Schneider in the end zone for a 14-0 lead with 2:44 left in the first period.

Hillsboro responded with its biggest moment of glory. From the Trojan 20, Brown connected with Evan Ollenburger for a 68-yard pass play to the Smoky Valley 12. From there, Brown threw to Hilliard for the score. Brown?s kicked sailed wide left, but Hillsboro was on the board at 14-6 with 2:21 left in the quarter.

After Smoky Valley went three-and-out, the Trojans took possession at their 20. After a running play lost one yard, Brown connected with Cody Delk for a 65 to 70-yard pass and run — but the play was called back because of a holding penalty on Hills?boro.

That became the turning point of the game. The Vikings then stopped Hills?boro in three plays, forcing a punt that gave them the ball at midfield. Four plays later DeMott ran untouched up the middle for a 30-yard score. Suddenly, Hillsboro trailed, 20-6 with 7:41 left in the half.

After the two teams traded turnovers, Smoky took over at its own 46-yard line. Two plays later, Hansen ran 45 yards up the middle for a touchdown and a 27-6 Viking lead with 4:36 left in the half.

Hillsboro put together a nine-play drive that took the Trojans from their own 32-yard line to the Smoky 36. But the drive ended there on an incomplete fourth-down pass.

Smoky then stuck a dagger in Hillsboro?s heart when the Vikings scored three plays later on a 44-yard scamper by Matt Guerrero with 1:32 left in the half. The Trojans faced a 34-6 deficit as they headed into halftime.

When Smoky took the second-half kickoff and drove 57 yards in six plays — capped by a 7-yard touchdown run by Hansen — the game was all but over with 9:06 left in the third quarter. The Viking?s 41-6 lead kicked in the continuous clock for remainder of the half.

Both teams managed one more touchdown. Smoky Valley got one on a 10-yard run by Hansen with 4:25 left in the third quarter. The Trojans got theirs midway through the fourth quarter when Brown tried to sweep the right end, then reversed his field and swept the left end for a 59-yard touchdown with 6:54 left to play.

With the win, Smoky Valley improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the North Division of the CKL. Hillsboro dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the division.

The Trojans will play at Remington next Friday. The Broncos are 0-5.