SCIO - The Horizon Christian High School football team suffered a 30-13 defeat to the two-time defending 2A champion Scio Log-gers in a game played Friday in Scio.
With the loss, the Hawks fin-ished the non-league portion of their season (all against 2A compe-tition) with a 2-1 record. Scio im-proved its record to 2-1 after a suffering a season-opening loss to Dayton.
Horizon got off to a promising start to the game as it recovered what amounted to a long onsides kick at Scio's 23-yard line on the opening kickoff. The Hawks then took only three plays to find the end zone, as junior Wyatt Houston connected with junior Zack Selland on a swing pass from five yards out for an early 6-0 lead.
Scio wasted no time in coming back, however, taking only six plays to drive 64 yards, with junior Stephen Heil scoring from five yards out. Junior Daniel Harper ran in the two-point conversion to give Scio an 8-6 lead just 4 minutes and 1 second into the game.
The offenses continued to domi-nate the first quarter, as Horizon drove 63 yards in eight plays to score on a 4-yard run by Houston, retaking a 13-8 lead at the 4:56 mark.
Scio wasn't done however, as it marched 71 yards in 11 plays with senior CJ Siewell scoring from four yards out with just three ticks left in the first quarter, with Heil's run for the two-point conversion giving Scio a 16-13 advantage.
For the remainder of the game, both defenses did a much better job of keeping the opponents out of the end zone. Scio, a team that relies heavily on the run with its double-wing offense, scored the sole touchdown of the second quarter on its only pass of the game, a 42-yard play-action pass from junior quar-terback Hunter Reger to Daniel Harper. Harper also ran in the conversion to give Scio a 24-13 lead, which it took into halftime.
Horizon came into the third quarter hoping to cut into the Scio lead, but turned the ball over on the third play when an apparent swing pass was ruled a lateral and a Scio defender scooped it up and ran to the end zone. The defensive TD was called back due to an illegal block, but Scio took over on the Horizon 30-yard line, hoping to expand its lead.
The Horizon defense came up big, stopping Scio on downs inside the 10-yard line. Horizon then went on a 12-play, 62-yard drive, but stalled and turned the ball over on downs at the Scio 37.
Scio's ball control offense took it from there, marching 63 yards in 13 plays and consuming 5:42 of the third and fourth quarters, finally scoring on a 4-yard run by Heil expanding Scio's lead to the final margin of 30-13.
Houston led the Hawks in rush-ing with 46 yards on 8 carries. Houston's passing numbers weren't stellar - 12 of 32 for 171 yards - but a number of catchable balls were dropped by the normally sure-handed receivers. Selland led the receivers with five catches for 46 yards.
Horizon opens the 3A West Val-ley League season Friday when it host Colton in its homecoming game, starting at 7 p.m.