The newly installed sprinkler system kicking on during pregame warm-ups was a precursor of things to come as Hillsboro and East Clinton battled in constant rain and lightning delays Friday night, with the Indians winning their third straight game of the 2018 season, 49-0.
Josh Keets started the Indians scoring with a 31 yard touchdown scamper on the Indians first possession for a 6-0 lead. After the Astros turned the ball over on their first snap of the game, Hillsboro was on the doorstep once again with the ball at the one yard line when a lightning delay stopped the game with 7:07 left in the first quarter.
After the lengthy delay, the Indians scored quickly on a one yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Mason Swayne, and the rout was on. Keets added 2 more touchdown runs of 4 and 11 yards as Hillsboro held a 26-0 lead after the first quarter.
Swayne added 2 more touchdown runs in the second quarter and Tyler Workman added a 37 yard touchdown run to extend the Indians lead to 49-0 at the half.
East Clinton’s offense was ineffective for the entire half, turning the ball over 6 times and missing a field goal attempt.
The second half was played very quickly as the teams agreed to a 3 minute halftime and 8 minute quarters in the second half. Neither team was able to put together a scoring drive in the shortened half and the final score ended in the Indians favor, 49-0.
Hillsboro (3-0) travels to Williamsburg next Friday, while East Clinton (0-3) hosts McClain with both teams looking for their first win of the season.