For the third time in five games, the Hillsboro Indians played a lightning delayed football game, this time defeating the Clermont Northeastern Rockets, 29-7.
The Indians struck first on a Dion Burns 4 yard touchdown run with 8:58 left in the first quarter. The Burns touchdown was set up by a 47 yard scamper by quarterback Mason Swayne, and with the Reece Bloomfield extra point Hillsboro lead 7-0.
Midway through the second quarter the game was delayed by a half hour after lightning was spotted in the area.
After the delay, Josh Keets scored his first of 3 touchdowns on the night, scoring from 30 yards out and with the 2 point conversion the Indians lead 15-0, which they took into the locker room at the half.
Hillsboro scored on the first possession of the second half on another Keets 30 yard touchdown run, and the Indians lead 22-0 with 9:25 left in the third quarter. Aided by 75 yards of penalties, the Rockets scored on a Cole Joslin 1 yard touchdown run late in the period to cut the Hillsboro lead to 22-7.
In the fourth quarter, Keets added his third touchdown run, this time from 39 yards out to push the Indians lead to 29-7 with just over 5 minutes to play and the Indians defense would shut down the Rockets the remainder of the game to secure the 29-7 victory.
Hillsboro (5-0) hosts the Chillicothe Cavaliers next Friday night to begin Frontier Athletic Conference play, while CNE (3-2) travels to Fayetteville. The (4-1) Cavs beat Logan 7-6 in overtime.
Prior to the game, Senior Molly Ferguson was named 2018 Homecoming Queen and Senior Cole Newsome Homecoming King.