In a battle of long time rivals, Hillsboro found a way to give their coach something special Friday night — a 16-10 win.


In a battle of long time rivals, Hillsboro found a way to give their coach something special Friday night — a 16-10 win.

“I have coached against Hesston for a lot of years, and this is my first win against them,” said Hillsboro coach Max Heinrichs. “That was a very good Hesston team we beat tonight. This is huge for us.”

Early on Hesston looked like they would handle the pressure of a rivalry game on the road pretty well — opening the game with a five play, 64-yard drive capped with a Tyler Perry touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead.

Both defenses were able to put the clamps on for the remaining 9:52 of the stanza, though Hesston’s offense was able start marching again at the end of the period, using six Perry runs and two Trevor Pauls passes to set up a 28-yard Eyan Roth field goal to open the second quarter and extend the lead to 10-0.

Hillsboro, however, found a way to answer.

The Trojans were able to put together a 14-play, 77-yard drive capped by a one-yard Luke Moore touchdown run to pull within three on their next possession.

Then the tide really started to turn. Hesston muffed the ensuing kickoff, giving Hillsboro the ball back with a short field. The Trojans scored three plays later on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Moore to Aaron Klassen — and take a 13-10 lead after a missed point after.

A pair of Hesston miscues a few minutes later sealed the Swathers fate.

Perry had appeared to scamper 74 yards for a touchdown, but the play was called back on a holding penalty. On the next play, the Trojan’s Brandon Rooker collected a sack and forced a fumble, setting up the Trojans with a short field. Jesse Brown kicked a 22-yard field goal to set the lead at six.

Hesston was unable to muster another scoring drive, suffering their first defeat of the season.

“I am extremely disappointed,” said Hesston coach Marc Marinelli. “We’re a very talented team that doesn’t respond to adversity. The good news is we have a game next week. The bad news is if we don’t get better, the season will end at nine weeks.”

Hesston host Nickerson next week. Hillsboro will host Kingman.