After soaring to a lopsided win in the season opener, the Hillsboro football team returned to earth Friday in a 41-12 loss at Haven.
Six plays into the game, Haven was on the board with a 50-yard run by Jacob New?comer?the first of three long scoring runs for the Wildcat running back.
?We came out flat,? coach Lance Sawyer said. ?That sixth play hurt us, and we almost resorted to what we did last year at times when we would just kind of fold. We didn?t fight back and we didn?t have that confidence we had against Sterling.?
After the Trojans went three-and-out on their first possession, the Wildcats scored again, this time with a 29-yard pass from quarterback Tim Hendrixson to Zach Teter at the 6:32 mark.
Down 14-0, the Trojans gathered themselves and drove 63 yards in eight plays with quarterback Justus Hilliard running in from 13 yards out. The extra point kick was blocked to make the score 14-6 with 3:12 left in the opening quarter.
Haven took control in the second quarter, scoring two more times before halftime. The first came on a 49-yard run by Newcomer at the 4:48 mark, followed by an 18-yard pass from Hendrixson to a wide open Jake Kentzler in the end zone.
Haven took a 28-6 lead into halftime.
Any thoughts that the Trojans would turn the game around in the second half faded quickly when they went three-and-out on their first possession, then surrendered a 52-yard scoring run by Newcomer on the Wildcats? first play from scrimmage.
?I talked about reacting when things didn?t go well,? Sawyer said about his halftime talk. ?The first possession of the second half was big. We didn?t get things going like we needed to and didn?t make a couple of plays.?
Haven added a touchdown at the 8:53 mark of the fourth quarter, kicking in the continuous clock rule. Hillsboro capped the scoring with an 8-yard run by Hilliard with 1:55 to play.
Both teams finished the evening with 1-1 records for the year.
?Haven?s going to be good, and I?m not going to take away anything from them,? Sawyer said. ?They?re quick, they have some athletes. We just have to make sure we?re in the right spots and make tackles when we have them.?
Haven rolled up 380 yards of offense, including 310 on the ground. Newcomer finished with 247 yards to go with his three scores.
Hillsboro managed 248 yards on offense, with Hilliard picking up 160 on the ground and 67 through the air.
?We didn?t make blocks tonight to free up our backs,? Sawyer said. ?A lot of it is just the confidence they played with. We just didn?t have it tonight.?
Coming?Hillsboro (1-1) will travel to Halstead (1-1) Friday. The Dragons defeated Haven in the season opener, but were soundly defeated by Hess?ton this past week. Game time is 7 p.m.
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