The Hillsboro Indians football team (1-5, 0-3) hosted the Chillicothe Cavaliers on Friday night for a South Central Ohio League matchup and fell with a final score of 47-7.
It was clear from the beginning that Chillicothe were going to be the ball hogs of the game, taking up most of the first quarter on their first drive that yielded a touchdown. After forcing Hillsboro to go three and out, the Cavaliers went on a 13-play, 61-yard series to convert the first touchdown of the game and make it 7-0 with 5:11 to go in the game.
The nest Hillsboro series spanned the rest of the first quarter and almost half of the second but resulted in nothing as they turned the ball over on downs. In total, the Indians ran 16 plays in the drive consisting of runs by Hunter Chain, Devon Gallimore and Luke Gallimore but was ended abruptly with two incomplete passes from the opponents 33 yard line, one of which was on fourth and gave the ball back to the Chillicothe offense. The Cavaliers wasted no time in scoring either, taking seven plays, the first of which was a 42 pickup on the ground. The series led to another touchdown to make it 14-0 in favor of Chillicothe.
The Cavaliers scored once more before the halftime buzzer to make it 21-0 after two quarters played.
In the second half, Chillicothe scored a total of four more times, only two of those scores had point afters go through the uprights to give Chillicothe 47 points in the game.
Hillsboro’s lone score came with 11:15 to go in the fourth quarter on a four yard run by quarterback Hunter Chain which made the score 33-7 but Chillicothe scored twice more after to bring the final to 47-7.
“I knew coming in, after watching film on [Chillicothe], that this was the toughest defense that we had seen so far this season,” said Indians Head Coach Jack O’Rourke after the game. “So the fact that we were able to move the ball on the ground as much as we did was positive.
We got a little impatient at times tonight and that’s just not us. Part of that is one me. I got a little too impatient with my play calls. We tried a couple trick plays and they obviously didn’t work. We’re more of a team that takes what we can get and we did a better job of that late in the third and in the fourth.”
The Indians will be on the road next week when they take on SCOL powerhouse Clinton-Massie who remains undefeated in the league after a 70-0 win over Courthouse on Friday night.
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