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Hillsboro defenseless at 2nd-ranked Olpe

Hot off a record-setting performance last week with 72-first half points for Hillsboro, circumstances were reversed Friday in the regular-season finale at Olpe.

The second-ranked Eagles ran away with the district title, and the 55-21 win, behind a four-touchdown, 173-yard rushing onslaught from Kynden Robert. 

The loss snapped the Trojans’ four-game winning streak, dropping them to 5-3 on the year and finish second in the district race at 2-1. 

Hillsboro secured the second seed, setting up a bi-district Halloween battle at home against third-seeded Pleasanton. 

A loss is the usual result when one player outdoes an opponent’s entire offensive output, and Friday Roberts outgained the entire Trojan team by 15 yards.

Surviving against the Eagles requires holding up against the brutal, physical ground attack, which the smaller Trojan defense was unable to do, giving up 332 yards rushing and 414 total yards. 

The Eagles suffocated the Trojans’ potent running game, yielding just 16 yards, 8 first downs, and a rugged 2-for-7 on third down, leaving quarterback Matthew Potucek having to go at it through the air. 

Potucek completed 8 of 14 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns, both to Hunter Hein.

The Trojans’ turnover woes that killed them early in the year returned at an inopportune time, though, with four giveaways.

Olpe opened a 21-0 lead in the first 12:00 of the game, and Hillsboro was in severe trouble by halftime, down 27-0. 

By the time Hillsboro got on the board early in the third quarter, with Caleb Potucek returning a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, the Eagles had a commanding 34-6 lead. 

Robert struck for the final time on the ensuing drive, kicking in the running clock with Olpe in front, 41-6. 

Matthew Potucek hooked up with Hein on back-to-back scoring drives with 26- and 37-yard touchdown completions with Hein finishing with a game-high 63 yards receiving, but the game had long since been sealed. 

Dillon Boldt also hauled in two catches for 49 yards, including a 39-yard completion. 

Kickoff against Pleasanton is 7 p.m. Friday in Hillsboro.

Last modified Oct. 30, 2019

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