Hillsboro’s Josh Keets ran for 255 yards on 7 carries and 3 touchdowns to lead the Hillsboro Indians past the Miami Trace Panthers Friday night, 47-13.
Keets started the scoring in the Indians first possession as he bolted 62 yards for a touchdown and then added the 2-point conversion to give Hillsboro an 8-0 lead.
After a quick 3 and out possession by the Panthers, the offensive onslaught continued for the Indians as Dion Burns scored on a 1-yard TD plunge to push the lead to 15-0.
After a turnover by the Panthers, Keets added another long touchdown run of 82 yards and the Indians lead 21-0. After a Panther punt, Mark Gallimore added a 41 yard touchdown jaunt and the Indians lead at the end of the first quarter 27-0.
In the second quarter, quarterback Mason Swayne threw a 10-yard touchdown strike to Luke Middleton, and Keets scored on a 65 yard run and the Indians lead 39-0 as both teams headed for the lockerrooms at half.
The second half featured a running clock, with Burns adding a 57 yard touchdown run for Hillsboro in the third quarter, while the Panthers Tyler Taylor scored on a 9 yard touchdown run of his own to end the third quarter with Hillsboro leading 47-6.
Josh Liff scored on touchdown run of 45 yards for Miami Trace in the only scoring of the fourth quarter, and the fina lscore was Hillsboro 47, Miami Trace 13.
The big win, coupled with the upset win by Washington Court House over Chillicothe, has enabled Hillsboro to sit atop the FAC standings in a tie with Chillicothe and Jackson. The win has also clinched a spot in the OHSAA playoffs for the Indians, which will be their first playoff appearance since 2005.
Hillsboro (8-1, 3-1) returns home to face their Highland County rival ,the McClain Tigers next Friday night. MiamiTrace (2-7, 0-4) makes the short trip to Washington Court House to face the Blue Lions in the battle for Fayette County supremacy