The host Hillsboro Burros imposed their will in the annual “Battle of the Hills” against rival Hillwood, scoring 28 consecutive points in the second half on the way to a 28-6 win Friday night.
The game marked the coaching debut at Hillsboro of former Franklin coach Craig Clayton, who saw his team struggle to get things going in a scoreless first half.
The Burros wasted no time, however, getting their offense going in the second half.
On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Hillsboro quarterback Porter Streator found a wide-open Charles Okoreeh-Baah down the field for a 70-yard touchdown pass.
A couple of possessions later in the quarter, Streator found running back Robert Kelly coming out of the backfield for a 43-yard touchdown pass that put the Burros up 14-0.
“We came out a little sluggish and unfocused in the first half,” Streator said.
“In the second half, things opened up.
“We came out focused in the second half and things opened up. When the right people are in the right places, good things happen.”
Streator was 6-for-13 for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
“We have been pretty solid on defense,” Clayton said. “We played pretty well on defense in our scrimmages against some pretty good teams. The good competition really helped us.”
Hillwood got its only touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a 65-yard interception return by Decorey Miller.
Hillsboro (1-0) plays at Franklin Road Academy next week. Hillwood (0-1) travels to Nashville Christian.