Trojans succumb to Hoisington

Hillsboro?s fledgling football team stepped out of the frying pan that was state-ranked Halstead last week and into the fire Friday that was undefeated Hoising?ton.

While Halstead prevailed 55-7, Hoisington (4-0) seared the Trojans (0-4) to the tune of 76-6.

The back-to-back blow?outs started in eerily similar fashion. Halstead scored on its first play from scrimmage a week ago, but Hoisington did the Dragons one better when Cameron Davis ran back the opening kickoff for a 78-yard touchdown.

Staggered, the Trojans went three and out on their first possession. Hoisington took over at its 45-yard line and scored five running plays later with Zade San?ders penetrating the end zone from a yard out at the 8:22 mark.

?I think it broke our spirit on that opening kickoff, then we didn?t move the ball and they scored right away on the first couple plays and we couldn?t stop them,? coach Lance Sawyer said. ?We were beat up and I think we broke a little bit.?

The deficit soon deepened when quarterback Kaden Kleiner?s pass was picked off by Hunter Hanzlick three plays into the Trojans? next possession.

Hoisington appeared to score one play later when Hanzlick ran in from 31 yards out, but the play was nullified by a penalty. Two plays later, Sanders scored for real on a 16-yard pass from Tyler Specht at the 6:09 mark of the first quarter for a 21-0 lead.

The lead grew to 28-0 before the quarter ended, then jumped to 47-0 when the Cardinals scored three more times in the first seven minutes of the second quarter.

It was after Hoising?ton scored its eighth touchdown with 1:41 left in the first half that the home team took its exuberance a step too far in the eyes of Trojan fans.

Already trailing 56-0, a disheartened Hillsboro team went three-and-out on its next possession, punting to Hoising?ton with 30 seconds left in the half. The Cardi?nals used a 25-yard run and a 49-yard pass to position the ball at the Trojan 16 with a mere 10 seconds remaining.

Rather than let time expire, the Cardinals called a timeout with 9 seconds left. Specht then threw to Steffan Dole?check in the end zone with 2 seconds left.

Hoising?ton then faked the PAT kick, with Specht, the holder, sweeping the right end for a two-point play and a 62-0 bulge at intermission.

For the second week in a row, the entire second half was played with a running clock. After Hillsboro?s opening drive ended with a three-and-out, Davis returned Carson Herbel?s punt 76 yards for yet another score and a 68-0 lead.

Hillsboro then put together easily its best drive of the night against Hoising?ton?s second string.

Depend?ing largely on the pass, the Trojans marched 70 yards?aided by a defensive holding penalty that nullified a Cardinal interception?before scoring on a 5-yard pass from Kleiner to Jacob Funk in the back corner of the end zone.

Kleiner?s two-point pass failed, but Hills?boro was on the board at 68-6 with 3:01 left in the third quarter.

Hoisington added one last touchdown when Sean Urban scored from 47 yards out with 10:15 to play for the 76-6 final.

Hillsboro finished with minus-14 yards rushing on 12 carries. Kleiner threw for 213 yards on 19-of-34 passing, but also threw five interceptions. Herbel caught six passes for 110 yards.

?We?ve got to come together,? Sawyer said. ?At some point we have to come together as a team and stop playing as individuals and just play. We?ll get there.?

Coming?The Trojans will travel to Lindsborg Friday to take on Smoky Valley (1-3), who lost to Halstead Friday, 42-0.

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