Hillsboro Indians host Williamsburg Wildcats on Friday, Win 57 – 7


By Ryan Applegate - rapplegate@timesgazette.com



Max Conover tackles the WillIamsburg Wildcats QB in the backfield as Draven Stodgel and R. J. Swackhamer give chase on Friday night in Hillsboro.


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The Hillsboro Indians won their fourth game of the season on Friday night 57 – 7 against the visiting Williamsburg Wildcats. The Indians were on fire from the first offensive play of the game which was taken to the house by upstart junior QB Mason Swayne for a 66-yard touchdown. The Indians put the cherry on top of the opening drive by successfully converting a two-point conversion.

The Wildcats of Williamsburg started out with a promising drive that featured three first downs. But, the Indians defense stepped up deep in their own territory to hold the Wildcats and force a fourth down punt.

Four plays later, Swayne was at it again as he called his own number from 42-yards out and scored the second touchdown of the game for Hillsboro to put the up by a score of 15 – 0 with 5:35 to go in the first quarter.

On the Wildcats next possession the Williamsburg QB was sacked on successive plays to pin Williamsburg deep. The ensuing punt went out of bounds at midfield to give the Indians another possession.

However, the drive was short lived as Swayne tried to keep it himself again only to turn the ball over on a fumble at the Williamsburg 25 yard line.

The turnover gave the Wildcats life as the offense got going at the start of the second quarter scored a touchdown eight plays and 75 yards later to bring the score to 15 – 7

Hillsboro had an answer two plays later when Swayne, on the second play of the drive, broke loose and scampered to the end zone for his third touchdown of the game. The score and subsequent two-point conversion gave the Indians a 23 – 7 lead with just under eight minutes to go before half time.

The Wildcats promptly fumbled and gave the ball back to the Indians on a recovery by Britton Haines at the Hillsboro 44-yard line. Three plays later Josh Keets got the edge and broke off another huge touchdown for the Indians and following the point after giving his team a 30 – 7 lead.

A fifteen play drive near the end of the second quarter looked like it might result in a touchdown for the Wildcats but on fourth and goal the Hillsboro defense held strong stopping the rush attempt at the two yard line and giving the Indians the ball back with under thirty seconds to go and 98 yards to cover.

On the last play of the half Swayne fooled everyone and managed to squeak through the line and jet down the field for an improbable 98-yard touchdown run, his fourth of the game.

The second half was inconsequential as the Indians added three more touchdown and took a knee on a two-point conversion to provide the final 57 – 7 score.

Hillsboro was led by Swayne who had 295 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Indians head coach Jack O’Rourke said after the game, “That is a young football team that we played out there and that contributed to what happened tonight. Those kids for Williamsburg played hard tonight and gave us some fits with their offense tonight. Next week we are going to have to play some of our better football to beat a good 3 – 1 Clermont Northeastern team.”

The Indians travel to Batavia to take on Clermont Northeastern for their fifth game of the season.

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Max Conover tackles the WillIamsburg Wildcats QB in the backfield as Draven Stodgel and R. J. Swackhamer give chase on Friday night in Hillsboro.
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