Hillsboro took whatever frustration was left over from last week?s loss to Halstead and turned it into positive energy against Lyons as the Trojans thrashed the home team 38-0 in a game that saw a continuous clock for most of the second half.
?This feels a little better,? coach Max Heinrichs said.
After stopping Lyons for minus-13 yards on three straight negative running plays to open the game, the Trojans marched 49 yards in nine plays, scoring on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Luke Moore to Dylan Delk with 6:40 left in the first period. Ben Gardner?s kick made it 7-0.
On the next series, Gardner intercepted Lyons quarterback Matthew Vincent, and returned the ball 15 yards to the Lions? 5-yard line. Three plays and a facemask penalty later, Caleb Hilliard found the end zone on a 4-yard run. Gardner?s kick was blocked, but HHS led 13-0.
After Hillsboro stopped Lyons in four plays, the Trojans resumed the assault, driving 61 yards in eight plays with Hilliard running in from six yards on the first play of the second quarter.
Moore threw to Delk for the two-point conversion, but Delk was tackled before he crossed the goal line.
On Lyons? next possession, Ben Bebermeyer intercepted Vincent and ran the ball in for an apparent score. But a block-in-the-back call brought the football back to the Lyons 40-yard line. After two incomplete passes, Lucas Sinclair, stepping in for Moore at quarterback, connected with tight end Aaron Klassen for a catch-and-run to the end zone. Gardner?s kick was blocked again, but Hillsboro led comfortably, 25-0, with 9:31 left in the half.
The Trojans found paydirt one more time before intermission. After Ethan Frantz recovered a fumble in the Lions backfield, the Trojans pieced together a nine-play, 57-yard drive capped by a four-yard touchdown run by Chance Reece.
For the third time, Gardner?s PAT kick was blocked, but HHS led 31-0 with 1:41 left.
The Trojans kicked in the continuous on their first possession of the second half, cruising 62 yards in six plays. Gardner ran in from four yards out, then kicked a successful PAT for the 38-0 final margin.
In addition to having their way offensively, the Trojans throttled the Lions? attack all evening. The only exception was a third-quarter lapse when Lyons appeared to score on a 44-yard run by Vincent, thanks to multiple missed tackles by HHS.
But Lyons was flagged on the play, nullifying the score. Four plays later, Gardner intercepted Vincent at the Trojan 29-yard line to end the threat.
Hillsboro, with subs on the field, ran the continuous clock from 3:38 in the third quarter to 4:30 left in the game.
Heinrichs said he was pleased with the improvements his team made during the previous week of practice.
?We cleaned up some blocking schemes and got the kids thinking and talking to each other, which they didn?t do (against Halstead).
?We took care of some mistakes, obviously,? he added. ?We feel pretty confident that we?re going to get better?and we?re going to get better again next week. We feel we have a pretty good team right now.?
With the win, Hillsboro improved to 1-1 for the season and 1-1 in the North Division of the Central Kansas League. Lyons dropped to 0-2 overall and in the North Division.
Coming?Hillsboro will face Sterling for its annual homecoming contest Friday at Joel Wiens Stadium. The Black Bears (1-1) defeated Smoky Valley 41-14 on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.