Hillsboro falls to Hesston in season opener

HESSTON—Jorge Hanschu threw for five touchdowns and 251 yards with no turnovers, Hillsboro ran more plays, created more offense, and won the turnover battle against Hesston, but at the end of the day, the Swathers came out on top, 42-36.

On the road, what might have been the bugaboo that cost the Trojans the game was 10 penalties for a total of 90 yards, while Hesston was called for just two fouls worth 25 yards.

Hillsboro was down 12-14 at the end of the first quarter, but Hesston threw up a wall in the second quarter and outscored the Trojans 12-0 in the second quarter, giving the home team a 26-12 halftime lead.

Hesston and Hillsboro both scored eight points in the third quarter. A late fury in the fourth wasn’t enough for Hillsboro to close the gap though as they outscored Hesston, 16-8, in the fourth to end the game down 42-36.

Hanschu was the clear star on offense, responsible for all five scores for the Trojans through the air. He also rushed for 113 yards on 25 attempts.

His leading receiver was Darian Ratzlaff, who caught five balls for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Caleb Potucek caught four for 78 yards and a touchdown, and Brooks Gardner caught two balls for 31 yards and a touchdown.

Outside of Hanschu on the ground, Jamari Harris had the most rushing yards with seven carries for 42 yards.

Hillsboro will get back into action when they travel to Lyons on Sept. 7. Lyons lost their first game to Haven, 28-10.