The Hillsboro Indians revived their power rushing game as they ground out a 41-34 homecoming win over the Washington Blue Lions. Hillsboro amassed 449 yards rushing the football, with junior running backs Dion Burns and Josh Keets doing most of the damage for the Indians.
Burns gave the Indians a 27-20 halftime lead as he scored one of his three touchdowns on the night within less than a minute to play in the first half. The scoring drive capped off a wild first half as the teams traded touchdowns as the lead changed hands 3 times.
The Blue Lions (3-4, 0-2 FAC) managed to tie the game in their first possession of the second half. The Indians regained the lead in the third, but the pivotal Drive came at the beginning of the fourth quarter as Hillsboro (5-2, 1-1 FAC) drove the ball 93 yards while using half of the quarter to push the lead to 14 when Devon Gallimore scored on a 36 yard scamper with 6:32 to play.
The Blue Lions answered with a score of their own, and managed to recover an onside kick, but turned the ball over on downs deep in Hillsboro territory. However, Hillsboro fumbled the ball on the first play from scrimmage setting up the Blue Lions at the Indians 9 yard line. The Indians defense came up with another stand, this time knocking down a Richie Burns pass attempt on fourth down in the end zone to secure the victory.
Hillsboro stays at home to face Jackson next Friday, while the Blue Lions travel to McClain in FAC action.
Prior to the game, Senior Cole Maynard was crowned Homecoming King, while Senior Bethany Taylor was named Homecoming Queen.