Trojans dominate in playoff win
The Trojans headed into Friday night’s playoff tilt as heavy favorites at home, and showed why with a 49-0 win over Pleasanton.
The scoreboard displayed a close score to end the first half, with Hillsboro putting up seven in the first quarter and eight in the second.
Quarterback Matthew Potucek excelled for the Trojans, racking up 162 yards on the ground. Matthew had one rushing touchdown, but he was more efficient passing the ball, with two touchdowns and 129 yards on six completions.
Matthew wasn’t the only Potucek making things happen, as Caleb ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Hillsboro’s defense also had a strong showing, with seven players registering multiple tackles, and the Trojans recording eight tackles for loss. Austin Rempel led the way on both fronts, making four total tackles, and two tackles for loss.
The team was getting creative with play calling from the opening quarter, though it might have been unneeded given the difference in ability. After scoring with five minutes left in the first quarter, the Trojans lined up for the point-after with all players on one end of the field, before assuming a typical field goal formation.
It could have been a premonition of things to come, as the home team did take the two-point conversion following its second quarter touchdown.
The second half was when Hillsboro set itself apart, scoring 34 of its 49 points.
The team had its biggest surge coming out of the half, scoring 19 in the third quarter alone.
Hillsboro’s pace dropped a bit in the fourth quarter, but the home team still dropped a tidy 15 points in the final 15 minutes to round out the victory.
The Trojans’ victory sends them to the next round against St. Mary’s Colgan out of Pittsburg. The game will be played 6 p.m. Friday at Hutchinson Field in Pittsburg.
Last modified Nov. 6, 2019