Hillsboro falls to Olpe in district play

Darian Ratzlaff intercepts an Olpe pass in the end zone to save a score on Friday night. Hillsboro will play Yates Center at home in the first round of the playoffs on this upcoming Friday night. Karrie Rathbone / Special to the Free Press
Darian Ratzlaff intercepts an Olpe pass in the end zone to save a score on Friday night. Hillsboro will play Yates Center at home in the first round of the playoffs on this upcoming Friday night. Karrie Rathbone / Special to the Free Press
After a long streak of winning, the Hillsboro (6-2) football team lost to Olpe Friday night with a final score of 28-6.

While Olpe scored 28 points in the first three quarters and Hillsboro remained at zero on the scoreboard, it was clear that Hillsboro was fighting hard as they defended with tackle after tackle against Olpe.

Brooks Gardener had 10 tackles with four tackles for loss.

Olpe has destroyed everyone else in the district. They beat the other two teams in district play by a combined score of 121-6. This game was a respectable showing by Hillsboro as they managed to score and to keep Olpe from running up the score.

“Kids played hard. There are things to still be proud of defensively,” said Head Coach Devin Metzinger. “We will learn from it and prepare for Yates Center.”

The team started slow but competed much better in the second half, eventually ending the game on a touchdown drive after a 51-yard pass from Jorge Hanschu to Caleb Potucek.

Hillsboro plays Yates Center Friday at 7 p.m. in Hillsboro at the Joel Wiens Stadium. Yates Center is 2-6 on the season. This will be the first round game of the state playoffs. If Hillsboro wins this game they will likely face Pittsburg-St Mary’s Colgan High School in the second round. They are also 6-2 on the season prior to this week.