JACKSON – The Hillsboro Indians traveled to Jackson on Friday and battled the undefeated and state-ranked Jackson Ironmen in a Frontier Athletic Conference (FAC) football matchup that ended in a convincing win for the Ironmen by a final score of 48-7.
Jackson was ranked No. 16 in Division III in last week’s Ohio AP High School Football Poll.
Hillsboro recorded its only points of the night in the third quarter when starting quarterback Christopher Stout connected with wide receiver Canaan Griffith for a 38-yard touchdown that brought the score to 42-7.
The score for the Indians was set up by the defense when Blake Tira recovered an Ironmen fumble to end Jackson’s first drive of the second half.
Jackson was on fire in the first half against Hillsboro and recorded six touchdowns.
Evan Spires, the starting quarterback for the Ironmen, connected with Tristan Prater for a 15-yard touchdown with nearly seven minutes to play in the first quarter and place kicker Isaac Kuhn converted the first of his seven extra point attempts in the game to give Jackson a 7-0 lead.
The Ironmen added to their lead late in the first quarter when halfback Hunter Webb found the end zone on a 9-yard rush and Kuhn converted the extra point try to give Jackson a 14-0 lead going into the second quarter.
Jackson scored four more times in the second quarter including a 22-yard scamper by Treylan Davis and a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown by Prater.
The Ironmen led the Indians 42-0 at halftime.
The final score in the game came in the fourth quarter of play when Jake Malone was able to score on a 21-yard run. Kuhn was unable to convert the point after try for the Ironmen resulting a 48-7 final score in favor of Jackson.
Hillsboro will be at home on Friday, October 2, when they host the McClain Tigers in the annual Rotary Bowl game. It is the final game of the regular season. It will be a battle to escape FAC basement since McClain and Hillsboro are both winless on the season.
Ryan Applegate is a stringer for The Times-Gazette.