Morris, trojans mangle Lyons 35-7


Ishmael Morris disposes of a would-be tackler with one hand while returning a punt late in Hillsboro?s 35-7 win over Lyons. Morris scored three touchdowns in the first half and Lyons could not deny him the third stamp on his 100-rushing-yards-per-game passport. Phyllis Richert photo

Ishmael Morris scored three first-half touchdowns to pace the Hillsboro Trojans to a commanding 35-7 win at Lyons on Friday.

?We actually played both sides of the ball tonight,? coach Len Coryea said. ?I thought it was going to be a pretty tight game, but we just came out sharp.?

Daniel Jost actually started the scoring deluge for Hillsboro when quarterback Jacob Fish hit him in perfect stride on a long pass down the Lyons sideline. The 38-yard play came with 9:39 left in the opening quarter.

When Jacob Wiebe kicked the first of five extra points for the night, Hillsboro led 7-0.

On the next Lyons possession, quarterback Jake Craig appeared to score on a 46-yard keeper, but a chop-block penalty nullified the touchdown and gave the Lions the ball at the HHS 22.

But the Trojans then kept Lyons out of the end zone and took over on their own 16-yard line following a missed field-goal attempt on fourth down.

?We knew the quarterback was a good athlete,? Coryea said. ?He?s fast, he?s strong and has a good arm. That little quarterback draw that they run, we practiced that?but you?ve got to find him. We let him get loose maybe four or five times, but we stopped him most of the time.?

Twelve plays into the Trojans? second possession, Morris was in the end zone for the first time, scoring on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 1:31 left in the first quarter.

Morris?s 41-yard dash midway through the drive key.

After forcing a Lyons punt, the Trojans scored again on a 51-yard, four-play drive with 9:41 to go in the second quarter. Morris crossed the goal line from 13 yards out, sprung by a great lead block by fullback Tyler Jones.

On top 21-0, the Trojans forced Lyons into a three-and-out, then took advantage of a bad Lions punt to set up a two-play, 26-yard score. This time Morris caught a pass from Fish coming in the right flat and scored easily when wide receiver Jost threw a great block near the goal line.

The Trojans nearly scored a fifth touchdown in the closing seconds of the half when Jost made a leaping catch of a Fish pass in the end zone. But the officials ruled Jost was out of bounds when he came down with the ball.

With the ease the Trojans moved the football in the first half, it appeared likely they would add a fifth touchdown early in second half?and the game would end early with the continuous-clock rule.

But neither team was able to put points on the board after halftime until Fish capped a 14-play, 77-yard, grind-it-out-on-the-ground drive with a quarterback sneak from a half-yard out with 7:24 left in the game.

That got the continuous-clock moving, but Lyons managed a 61-yard scoring drive to put points on the board on a 5-yard run by Brandon Harmony with about 2:15 left. A successful kick accounted for the final 35-7 margin.

The Trojans rolled up 411 yards total offense for the night, compared to 260 for Lyons. HHS amassed 253 yards on the ground on 44 carries and 158 more through the air on 10-for-17 passing by Fish.

Morris accomplished his third straight 100-yard performance, picking up a season-high 153 yards on 21 carries. Jones added 45 yards on nine attempts.

Jost led the Trojan receiving corps with 97 yards on three catches.

Coming?The win over Lyons (1-3) boosted Hillsboro?s record to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.

It also ended the Trojans? four-game road tour to start the season. Hillsboro will play its first home game Friday against winless Sterling (0-4), who lost to Marion 14-7 on Friday.

Kickoff for the homecoming contest will be at 7 p.m.

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