Hillsboro derails Herington, 48-6


Ben Gottsch rolls out and looks for the open receiver during the second half of Hillsboro?s win over Hering?ton. Gottsch threw for two touchdowns and ran for one. He totaled an even 100 yards of total offense.


Ishmael Morris slips through an arm tackle and puts a hit on a Hering?ton defensive back during Friday?s rout. Morris totaled 110 rushing yards on 10 carries, and scored two touchdowns.

The Hillsboro Trojans regained some swagger Friday night with an easy 48-6 win over an undermanned Herington Railer squad at Reimer Field.

They also earned an opportunity to advance in the state playoffs, thanks to Southeast of Saline?s victory over Marion on Friday.

The Trojans and Warriors will meet Thursday with 1-1 records in the district. The winner will move on to bi-district play as the runner-up to South?east.

The easy win over Herington was just what the Trojans needed after last week?s loss at Southeast, which left them physically and emotionally battered.

?A good cure for your ailments is a good win sometimes,? coach Len Coryea said. ?Our confidence wasn?t very high. It was pretty quiet in practice a couple of nights this week. The air was knocked out of us.?

Hillsboro gained its second wind early in this contest. Chance Reece blocked a punt after the Railers went three-and-out to start the game. Reece recovered the ball for the Trojans at the Herington 30.

Two plays later, Ishmael Morris dashed into the end zone from 25 yards out and Jacob Wiebe added the extra point for a 7-0 start barely two minutes into the contest.

On Herington?s next play from scrimmage, Daniel Jost intercepted quarterback Lance Shriver?s throw to give Hillsboro the ball at the Railer 38.

Five plays later, Ben Gottsch, making his first start at quarterback, connected with Jost in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown. Wiebe?s kick made it 14-0 with 6:54 left in the period.

On the third play into Hering?ton?s next possession, Jost picked Shriver again at around the Railer 30-yard line and returned the ball to the 5.

After an illegal-procedure penalty against Hillsboro, Morris took a pitch from Gottsch and easily scored around the left end from four yards out. Wiebe?s kick was blocked, but the lead was 20-0 with 3:15 left in the period.

After another Herington three-and-out and a strong punt return by Ben Bebermeyer, Hillsboro started at the Railer 34-yard line. The Trojans scored in four plays, this time on an 11-yard pass from Gottsch to Jost. Wiebe?s kick made it 27-0 with 1:09 still to play in the opening quarter.

After Hillsboro?s John Hein recovered a Herington fumble six plays into the Railers? next possession, the Trojans pieced together a 56-yard, nine-play drive with Gottsch taking it in himself from one yard out. Wiebe?s kick made it 34-0 with 8:07 left in the second quarter.

Hillsboro added a sixth touchdown in the half on a 63-yard, eight-play drive with Morris sweeping the left end from 16 yards out for his third TD of the half. Wiebe was on target again to give Hillsboro a 41-0 bulge with 49 seconds to go before intermission.

By mutual agreement of the coaches, the continuous clock went into effect for the second half.

Hillsboro took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in five plays with Chris Couts dashing in from 11 yards out with 7:11 left in the third quarter. Wiebe?s kick made it 48-0.

Herington scored late in the fourth quarter against the Trojan junior varsity on a 37-yard pass from Shriver to Tyler Barber for the 48-6 final score.

Hillsboro outgained the Railers 311 total yards to 75. Morris, who was a doubtful starter after a hand injury in last week?s game, rushed for 111 yards on only 10 carries, pushing his season total to 1,090.

?I?ve been telling the boys all week he was hurt,? Coryea said. ?But he ran the ball pretty well. I just wanted him to get 30 yards because that would give him 1,000 for the year.?

Gottsch and Jacob Fish combined for 83 passing yards on 8-for-12 throwing. Jost led the receiving corps with three catches for 45 yards.

?I was real pleased,? Coryea said about his team?s overall play. ?It was a good, clean game tonight.?

Coming?Hillsboro improved to 5-3 with the victory. The Trojans will square off against Marion (6-2) on Thursday night at Reimer Field.

Game time is 7 p.m.

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