“We were real worried all week long,”
coach Len Coryea said about preparing for the Eagles (0-4). “They did
things against Halstead (the previous week) that scared me.”
Those fears were soon relieved, however.
Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Collegiate a week earlier, the Trojans (2-2) took the opening kickoff and scored in seven plays. Spencer Brown dashed in from 9 yards out, then kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 9:22 left in the opening period.
After Ellinwood went three-and-out, the Trojans drove 45 yards in four plays with Brown scoring again, this time on a 28-yard scramble with 6:00 left in the quarter. His kick was true, and HHS led 14-0.
After a brief Eagle drive sputtered to a halt, Jacob Yoder returned Ellinwood’s punt 25 yards to give HHS the ball at midfield. Five plays later, including a 33-yard run by Yoder, Brown scored his third touchdown of the first quarter, this one from 2 yards out. His kick made it 21-0 with 1:01 left.
After Ellinwood went three-and-out again, Hillsboro started its next drive at the Eagle 38. The Trojans appeared to stall out in three plays, but the Eagles fumbled Yoder’s deep punt and Daniel Jost recovered the ball at the Ellinwood 5-yard line.
Yoder scored on Hillsboro’s first play from scrimmage. Brown’s kick veered right, but the Trojans led 27-0 less than 2 minutes into the second quarter.
On their next three-and-out, Ellinwood faked a punt but gained nothing on the run, giving HHS the ball at the Eagle 42.
The Trojans found paydirt in four plays—and it was Brown delivering once more, running in from 17 yards after appearing to be stopped near the line of scrimmage. His kick missed again, but the Trojans were up 33-0 with 6:43 left in the half.
Hillsboro scored one last touchdown before intermission, driving 68 yards in nine plays with Ishmael Morris running in from 12 yards out. Brown kicked the extra point for a 40-0 lead with 2:16 left.
With Hillsboro’s 40-point lead at halftime, the continuous-clock rule kicked in for the entire second half.
Hillsboro scored on its first possession. Working on the passing game, Brown threw to Jost for the final score of the night, this one for 9 yards. Isaac Leihy’s kick made it 47-0.
The starters took the rest of the night off, but the reserves held their own as the game wound down to an early finish.
Brown’s four touchdowns gave him seven over the past two games.
His point production on Friday was all the more remarkable in that he carried the ball only six times for 63 yards.
“He’s phenomenal,” Coryea said of his senior quarterback.
“He is so competitive. He amazes me on these runs. He should be killed on some of them, but he just won’t go down.”
Meanwhile, Yoder and Morris quietly had huge games. The senior rolled up 135 yards on 14 carries while the junior added 105 on 10 carries. As a team, the Trojans rolled up 338 yards on 41 carries, an average of more than 8 yards per attempt.
Hillsboro’s defense, meanwhile, turned in easily its most impressive performance of the season, limiting the Eagles to 30 yards total offense—all on the ground on 30 carries.
“Our defense was stopping them,” Coryea said. “They had been moving the ball against other teams. One of the boys who stepped up big time was Isaac Leihy.”
Coming—The Trojans will travel to Sterling on Friday. The Black Bears, 2-2 for the season, defeated Nickerson on Friday 24-21. Hillsboro lost in overtime to Nickerson in the season opener.
Game time will be 7 p.m.