Hillsboro deflects St. Helens' two-point try in overtime
Spartans senior defensive back Andrew Castillo breaks up pass, seals 28-27 win
Myles Terry could not reel in a winning two-point pass from Levi Norton in overtime on Friday at Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens.
Spartans senior defensive back Andrew Castillo broke up the throw to Terry on a slant from the left and, appeal for interference as Terry might, Hillsboro survived 28-27.
"The coaches wanted to win it, and we wanted to as well," said Terry, a senior running back in a receiving capacity as he recovers from a torn labrum. "The ball actually wasn't even supposed to go to me."
Spartans senior quarterback Terell Mims escaped Zach Gadbois' pressure and threw a 17-yard score to senior wide receiver Josh Jones in the extra frame, and senior kicker Kevin Estrella tacked on the extra point to lead 28-21.
Dylan Brady's 13-yard touchdown dash kept St. Helens (3-2 overall, 1-2 Northwest Oregon Conference) alive, and the daring ninth-ranked Lions tried the two-pointer.
"We like that one-on-one matchup," St. Helens coach Cory Young said. "It had been good to us all game. We liked our odds. We had two options pre-snap. We reacted by how the defense dropped in coverage."
Castillo and Terry's tangle at the left seam was the sliver of separation between the Lions and the Spartans (2-3, 2-1), but Hillsboro held on to beat St. Helens for the seventh time since 2006.
"Myles makes plays," said Brady, also a senior running back. "I don't think it was a bad decision, it just didn't work out that specific time. He had a one-on-one, not a bad call."
Haidon Allen ran 19 yards to the left pylon for a touchdown with 5:06 left in the first quarter, but the extra-point snap was high and Colton Beisley could not find a receiver in the chaos.
Hillsboro senior running back Sage Roundtree took a catch 20 yards down the sideline for a score for a 7-6 edge at the end of one.
The Spartans stopped Allen short on 4th-and-2 at the Lions' 36 with 9:03 to halftime, but St. Helens' third-ranked defense forced a punt.
Terry picked up first downs and Allen, Brady, Beisley and Jax Ogle shot out of the backfield to carry the Lions to the Hillsboro 15.
Beisley took a catch to the Spartans 1, and Norton's one-yard keeper and Terry's two-point slant put St. Helens back up 14-7 with 35.9 seconds to the break.
Allen intercepted Mims' deep pass down the left seam at the Spartans 25, but Hillsboro senior defensive back Zach Fritzler picked Norton's next slant and streaked to the Lions 3-yard line. Roundtree ran to the left pylon and the score was suddenly tied at 14-14 with 13.2 seconds to intermission.
Mims' keeper picked up a first down on 4th-and-1 at the Lions 19 at 3:03 in the third, and Spartans senior Jarred Eichstadt ran for a one-yard score and a 21-14 lead through three.
Terry caught a 4th-and-4 pass at the left seam for a first down to start the fourth. Ogle raced 25 yards up the middle for a touchdown and, with Beisley's point-after, a 21-21 tie with 11:27 left to play.
Michael Brame stuffed Hillsboro's 4th-and-1 run over the right right guard at the Lions 19 with 7:40 left, but St. Helens fumbled away a handoff at the 42 at 6:30.
Estrella's 40-yard field goal missed left, but the Lions punted and the Spartans took over again at their own 33 with 1:30 on the clock.
Allen, truly everywhere on defense, made a third-down stop and called timeout as Hillsboro faced 4th-and-15 at its 28 with 18.5 seconds left. He returned the punt down the right seam to the Spartans 28 with 2.5 ticks to play, but two holding penalties brought it back and the Lions knelt for overtime.
St. Helens is scheduled to host Parkrose (1-4, 0-3) on Homecoming at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7.
The Spartans host Putnam (3-2, 2-1) at 7 p.m. on the same evening.
Hillsboro 28, St. Helens 27 (OT)
H 7 7 7 0 7 28
SH 6 8 0 7 6 27
SH Haidon Allen 19-yard run (PAT failed), 5:06
H Sage Roundtree 20-yard catch (Kevin Estrella PAT good), :47.6
SH Levi Norton 1-yard run (Myles Terry two-point catch), :35.9
H Roundtree 3-yard run (Estrella PAT), :4.8
H Jarred Eichstadt 1-yard run (Estrella PAT), 1:52
SH Jax Ogle 25-yard run (Colton Beisley PAT), 11:27
H Josh Jones 17-yard pass from Terell Mims (Estrella PAT)
SH Dylan Brady 13-yard run (2-point failed)