Hillsboro beats Lyons on Homecoming

Hunter Hein (senior #12) leaps into the end zone off a run in the second quarter. Karrie Rathbone/Special to the Free PressVictory was sweet for the Hillsboro football team, who, in front of its homecoming crowd earned its first win of the season Friday by defeating Lyons, 27-14.

The Trojans led from start to finish, striking first when Matthew Potucek, after rushing for a 60-yard gain to put Hillsboro in the red zone, connected with Frank Wichert for an 11-yard touchdown strike. Dillon Boldt’s extra-point kick made it 7-0 with 7:52 left in the opening quarter.

Lyons countered, however, capping its next drive with a 21-yard touchdown run, but the two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Hillsboro clinging to a narrow, 7-6 lead, which held through the end of the first quarter. 

Early in the second quarter, the Trojans again knocked on the door after a 34-yard pass from Potucek to Hunter Hein. Hein later hauled in a diving 36-yard touchdown reception from Potucek, and Boldt’s extra-point kick made it 14-6 with 6:47 left in the half.

Later, the Trojans fumbled on the goal line, and Lyons, aided by penalties, covered 98 yards from one end zone to the other in the final minutes. But a goal-line stand by the Trojan defense as time expired in the half maintained Hillsboro’s 14-6 margin at halftime.

With 5:32 left in the third quarter, Hein hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass to cap a 63-yard drive to extend Hillsboro’s lead to 20-6, which held through the end of the quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Caleb Potucek snagged a 35-yard pass from Matthew Potucek and later crossed the goal line on a 1-yard touchdown carry with 10:49 left in the game. With Hillsboro leading, 27-6, Lyons scored on a 4-yard touchdown run at the 8:31 mark to bring it to the final, 27-14 spread.

“(Lyons) was a team that can run the ball, and they’re big up front,” coach Demetrius Cox said. “That’s our weakness right now.

“Overall, I think my guys played hard four quarters. It’s going to be a scrappy season for us all year.”

Hillsboro recorded 336 yards of offense, while Lyons had 362.

Trojan quarterback Matthew Potucek surpassed 100 yards passing and rushing, completing seven of 11 pass attempts for 170 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 129 yards on 17 carries. Hein hauled in three receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

Coming—Hillsboro will travel to Haven Friday.

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