Crimson Tide pulls away for a 49-22 win behind career night from Kainoa Hanchett
Hillsboro is on the upswing after two straight winless football seasons, but the Spartans realized they still have a ways to go following a 49-22 loss to crosstown rival Glencoe on Friday night.
Playing in a steady deluge at Hare Field, Glencoe ran roughsod over the Spartans, rushing for 428 yards in the game, including a career-high 293 from senior Kainoa Hanchett.
That effort helped the Crimson Tide (3-2, 2-1) extend their current winning streak to three games against the neighboring Spartans (2-3, 1-2), who, despite the loss, have already won two more games this year than they did in the previous two seasons combined.
That was little consolation on Friday, as the Spartans watched a close game turn into a blowout in the second half.
Hilhi junior Dylan Frederick caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Jones with 11 seconds left in the first half to tie the game at 14-14, but the Crimson Tide scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to pull away.
Hanchett scored on a 10-yard run early in the third quarter to cap a two-play, 68-yard drive, and junior Tom Ward scored on runs of 4 and 15 yards to give Glencoe a 35-14 lead with 11:27 left in the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tides three scoring drives lasted a grand total of 12 plays, and none took longer than two minutes.
Hillsboro responded with a seven-play, 71-yard drive that ended with T.J. Cavenders 1-yard scoring plunge and a two-point conversion from Michael Gaskell, pulling the Spartans within 35-22, but that was as close as they would get.
Ward broke loose for a 31-yard touchdown run with 5:35 remaining, and sophomore Collin Neys added a 1-yard scoring run inside the final two minutes to make it 49-22.
Glencoe scored on five of its six possessions in the second half, while Hillsboro could muster only one score after intermission. The weather conditions certainly played a part in that disparity, with Glencoe rushing the ball 55 times in the game, while Hilhi was forced to go to the air despite heavy rainfall.
Hillsboro quarterbacks combined to complete 21-of-35 passes for 303 yards, but they were intercepted three times and the Spartans also lost a fumble on the slick turf. Jones, who started at quarterback, went 7-of-12 for 102 yards and two interceptions, while backup Garrett Paul was 14-of-23 for 201 yards and one pick.
Frederick led Hilhi receivers with 103 yards on six catches, and he also had a 31-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that briefly gave the Spartans a 7-0 lead.
Gaskell added 69 yards on five catches and Cavender rushed 13 times for 55 yards.
Glencoe, meanwhile, was all too happy to keep the ball on the ground, feeding 31 carries to Hanchett, a speedy 5-foot-8, 180-pound senior who rushed for a career-high 293 yards and three touchdowns including 39- and 1-yard scoring runs in the second quarter that erased the early deficit and put Glencoe on top, 14-7.
Ward added 86 yards rushing and three more scores for the Crimson Tide, who moved into a tie with Tualatin for second place in the Pacific Conference standings.
Hillsboro slipped into a five-way tie for fourth place, deadlocked with McMinnville, Newberg, Forest Grove and Century.
Both teams will be back in action tonight, with Hillsboro traveling to McMinnville (3-2, 1-2) and Glencoe hosting Forest Grove (3-2, 1-2). Both games are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.