Hillsboro, wanting to atone for last week's loss at Western Brown, opened their FAC slate with a visit to Miami Trace. However, they faced the unenviable task of facing one of the conference's top performers in MT running back Jayden LeBeau in a 28-13 loss to the Panthers.
LeBeau, who rushed for 179 yards in 17 carries (3 touchdowns) in their opening win over Circleville, did not have the same success against an inspired HHS defense. The Indians had every intention of stopping the Panther junior....and they, for most of the game, did exactly that. However, they were unable to stop senior speedster Josh Gilmore who took WSRW "player of the game" honors by accounting for 2 receiving touchdowns and hitting paydirt a third time by returning a third quarter punt for another score.
After a scoreless first quarter, MT scored two unanswered touchdowns to grab a 14-0 at halftime. They then scored twice again in the third quarter to capture a commanding 28-0 advantage.
From there, the Indians began to get their offense in gear by scoring on a one yard Bryce Parsons plunge in the latter moments of the third period.
Things got a bit tighter in the fourth stanza when HHS again scored on a short run by Travis Ross to make it 28-13.
At that point, both defenses stiffened and the game ended with the Panthers winning by that same score. The Indians seemed to make significant improvement from week one to week two especially on the defensive side of the ball.
They will have the chance to continue growing as a team next week at home when they take on the (1-0/1-1) Chillicothe Cavaliers in the second week of FAC play.